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Starter rope.

My Tecumseh rope is a bit frayed, so it's on my list for replacement. When I looked on Amazon for starter rope, I often saw comments like: "this isn't the same quality as the original", or "it broke after two months". They sell a heavy duty starter rope [expensive], but it is 7/32" when the original version is 5/32". I rather pay more for something that will last. Will the difference in diameter cause any problems?
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I suppose it might be possible to get rope that would be too thick to fit through the hole in the recoil starter shroud, or get enough rope wrapped around to get a long enough pull.

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I tried using thicker than standard rope and found the usable length is too short. Winding on more rope is prevented by the rope filling the pulley and rubbing on the housing. Your dealer probably has the best rope in the correct size that is braided and impregnated.

The starter on my 2004 Craftsman with Tecumseh 11 hp is not designed to have the rope replaced, just the entire housing replaced. I had to cut a small half moon out of the pulley to preload the spring. EDIT: and make the retaining hole in the center of the pulley a little larger and radius it a bit.

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My Tecumseh rope is a bit frayed, so it's on my list for replacement. When I looked on Amazon for starter rope, I often saw comments like: "this isn't the same quality as the original", or "it broke after two months". They sell a heavy duty starter rope [expensive], but it is 7/32" when the original version is 5/32". I rather pay more for something that will last. Will the difference in diameter cause any problems?
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Amazon.com: Exhaust Gas Technologies Inc. FT-SR-3001 Fantom Recoil Rope 84 Inches: Automotive
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I bought a spool of the Briggs & Stratton (red and black cord size 4) from amazon: a 200' spool was just over 25 bucks.





This is what my local dealer/repair shop sells also.

It has a core besides the braid to make it stronger than plain braid. I have re spooled up to 10 HP snow blower engines so far with it and it has not had any issues yet.

You could always buy the Size 5 200' spool, it would still only set you back about 28 bucks.

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I bought a spool of the Briggs & Stratton (red and black cord size 4) from amazon: a 200' spool was just over 25 bucks.

http://www.amazon.com/Briggs-Stratto...on+recoil+rope


This is what my local dealer/repair shop sells also. It has a core besides the braid to make it stronger than plain braid. I have re spooled up to 10 HP engines so far with it and it has not had any issues yet.
Something I noticed while watching doneyboy73 videos was the number of starter rope spools he has on hand. It appears he has at least a half dozen different spools, maybe even more than that. Different sizes.
I have a Kohler 16 H.P. engine sitting in my shop. I had it bolted down and used a piece of starter rope from a Tec. 8 H.P. engine to start it. It is the old style wrap the rope with a knot in the end. I got that engine just a shade past T.D.C. and gave a good tug. That dang rope snapped just a little out from my hand, snapped back and I got two nice blood welts. Boy did that hurt!

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Just take a trip down to your local S.E.R.shop and buy a few feet of the good suff. Local businesses need our support. Matter fo fact I believe I'll add that to my sig.o
+1 .. you can see and touch the quality.. as far as buying 200' worth, will anyone ever need that much rope?

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Depending on what it costs on Amazon or Ebay might be able to sell it off at a little over cost + postage to other folks in need of 4-6' chunk

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I don't have a S.E.R. shop near me. Based on the reviews from Amazon, I ordered this:
SNOWBLOWER COBRA CORD - Cobra Pull Cord
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I also bought a spool of the Briggs 4 or 5 size starter rope 10+ years ago I may finally have to buy some more in the next year or so. That rope seems to last a long time. Roger
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