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Broken starter rope...

So, as I mentioned in my only other post, a month ago I became the proud owner of an MYD Snowflite 29" 10.5hp blower (model 31AE6B0H522, that doesn't seem to exist anywhere). It worked great the two other times (on the same day) that I used it during a storm about 3 weeks ago. I store it outside under a tarp, as my shed is down two sets of steps in the back of my yard. It finally snowed enough to use it again, after about 15 pulls the starter rope broke. (It started on the 2nd or 3rd pull the first time I used it.. but that's not my problem now...).. I did use the electric start after the cord broke (hopefully that didn't damage anything).. which also took several attempts before it started. So the question (sorry), how hard is it for the average person to replace the starter rope? I fix laptops, not engines. But I can follow instructions and systematically disassemble things! Is it really as easy as this? http://service.mtdproducts.com/video...6%20x%209).mp4 ? or

My MTD has a Tecumseh engine, but I can't find a model number on it. The starter is on the back of mine, in front of the handle. Also, I believe the video says 9' of #4 starter rope.. so far I've only been able to find 7'.

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Homehardware.ca has 33' ft of lawn mower #4 starter rope, would that work? (obviously I'll have to cut it, and that might be a typo, maybe they mean 33"). Also, is #4 thick enough?
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Most big box stores have replacement rope as would hardware, farm supply and any lawn and garden dealer.

Search Results forĀ*starter ropeĀ*at The Home Depot

The only time it's difficult IMHO is if it's riveted on. Instead of unbolting it you need to drill it.
Normal guy, you have a video, some tools shouldn't be a problem. Might be a bit frustrating since I know I've wound them up only to have them unwind when trying to get it back together but that's just life and a little patience goes a long way.

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Most big box stores have replacement rope as would hardware, farm supply and any lawn and garden dealer.

Search Results forĀ*starter ropeĀ*at The Home Depot

The only time it's difficult IMHO is if it's riveted on. Instead of unbolting it you need to drill it.
Normal guy, you have a video, some tools shouldn't be a problem. Might be a bit frustrating since I know I've wound them up only to have them unwind when trying to get it back together but that's just life and a little patience goes a long way.
Yeah, I've been searching all of the Canadian hardware store websites, homedepot.ca only has 1 hit. for 84" #4.5 cord . They likely have more in the stores. Homehardware.ca mostly has shorter cords. And amazon.ca has several hundred foot spools. I'll keep looking. I guess the really question now is about the length, and wraps around the recoil unit. I closer look at the cord I have, it's very thin. I suppose I can take it apart and measure the length of the cord that's in it.
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I just noticed in the photo of the packaging for the cord from homedepot.ca .. it does list MTD (and other MTD brands) right on the package... I'll give that a try. It's only $8
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On many Tecumseh engines the model no. is stamped into the blower housing (near sparkplug) under the starter push button unit... need to remove it to see. Might tell you where in your manual?

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I bought some replacement starter cord and a new handle at a local power equipment dealer. It was just over $9 for everything.
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