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Compact 22 Starter Rope/Cord/Recoil

The black outer sheath on the OEM starter rope has frayed apart, the central white portion appears intact and undamaged. I've kept track of the hours on my Compact 22 and there's not many (8 hours over 392 days from 11-DEC-2014 to 13-JAN-2016, 11 uses) so this kind of surprises me. It normally starts 1st pull too, so there can't be that many cycles of use on it. Any ideas on how long the OEM starter rope will last ?

As an aside I figured I'd best check out the electric starter as I've never used it and might need to before I get around to replacing the OEM rope as a preventative measure. The electric starter works fine.
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I forgot to update: the original rope lasted another three pulls/starts. On the 4th it tore completely and I was left holding the handle. It did not start that time. A neighbor said to me "looks like you'll have to shovel". I replied to her "electric start!". The electric start works admirably.

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This makes me think you either got a severely-defective starter rope, or maybe there is a sharp area that the rope is sliding over.

Any starter cord should last much longer than this, if things are set up properly, in my opinion. When you go in to replace the cord, I would take a close look for any rough spots or sharp edges on the parts that the cord touches. Something doesn't sound right.

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Yeah, there might be a machining burr or something leftover. Definitely will take a look when I replace it this summer.

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There are just so many variables that it's hard to say but I'd guess at least 10 years unless you're storing it out in the open and or yanking the cord all the way out each time you pull.
It takes a lot of abuse before it even starts to show much less physically fail. There is something else going on there with yours.

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