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#1 LilysDad ONLINE  

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Posted April 06, 2015 - 07:42 PM

My Snapper with a Quantum engine sure seems to go through recoil ropes in a hurry. When I was at Farm & Fleet, I looked at the mowers with Briggs engines and they had ropes that were harder and smoother than the after market ones. When I asked the person in the tool dept., they just said they've heard the same thing before. If I had the part number they could order it.


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Posted April 06, 2015 - 08:05 PM

I have the same issue with my old cast iron engined recoil or rope start tractors. They came with bigger diameter or heavier gauge rope than I have found around here lately and if I get too rough with the newer smaller rope the old cast iron engines will just eat it into smaller pieces. I need to look for some bigger pull rope.


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Posted April 06, 2015 - 08:05 PM

I don't buy starter ropes. I go to the rope section and get a good braided rope that's a little larger diameter. They outlast the original ropes by a long shot.
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Posted April 06, 2015 - 08:20 PM

Its hard to find a good pull rope. So many replacements are cheaply made or just sized wrong.



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Posted April 06, 2015 - 08:26 PM

I tried to make some, but the neighbor keeps using it up in it's early (green) stage.


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Posted April 07, 2015 - 06:26 AM

I have some old original replacement starter ropes still in their original boxes from atleast 30 years ago. They were thinner then too. I've been offered about a hundred NOS B&S parts in their boxes. Many are replacement ropes, there are some interesting parts but I haven't decided yet. To me the ropes are of very little value because they are undersized. Good Luck, Rick

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Posted April 07, 2015 - 07:47 AM

Try a marine shop for a length of quality rope. 10' could be a lifetime supply. Most of the rope we see in the big stores is not the same quality that your tractor came with.. I got some quality "cord" rope but I don't have the packaging and it was sold to be used for some other purpose.  



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Posted April 07, 2015 - 08:08 AM

I got a used Stihl chain saw a while back. Broke the pull rope right away. Went to a Stihl dealer and got another one. That lasted 3 pulls. Tried some rope I had (larger dia.) That didn't last long either. Went to Ace Hardware (Stihl Dealer, different one) and that rope is hanging in there so far. That saw has a lot of kick back when pulling the rope!



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Posted April 07, 2015 - 08:19 AM

There's about 9 sizes for Lawn and garden applications, and with any product you need to carefully select what you buy. Grades available  to the dealers are "Economy", "Premium" ,"Enhanced Premium" ( USA made)

Most Hardware stores stock the "Economy"

 

They normally come in 500 foot rolls, If you guys want to buy some of the good stuff I'll gladly list some on my site in 1' increments.


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Posted April 07, 2015 - 08:57 AM

Sears replacement starter rope=garbage. Broke a few pulls after replacing it. So far it's held up, but I'm not sure how long it will...
Luckily I haven't had to replace the rope on any of my power equipment. If I did I would probably just go to my dealer.

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Posted April 07, 2015 - 09:40 AM

There's a few more issues that wear a rope out. The angle of the pull, the condition of the rope guide, not letting it snap back into the recoil, dry rot, dirt etc. My Dad always cleaned & waxed the ropes & guides. I only remember a few times of him replacing a rope.
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Posted April 07, 2015 - 06:29 PM

I added the most common ropes,if anyone needs some

 

https://bolenspartsa...e-recoil-parts/

 

If anyone has any questions about selecting the proper rope just let me know :thumbs:


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Posted April 07, 2015 - 08:23 PM

 

 

If anyone has any questions about selecting the proper rope just let me know :thumbs:

Is this different than the common nylon braided rope?



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Posted April 07, 2015 - 08:25 PM

I tried to make some, but the neighbor keeps using it up in it's early (green) stage.

So you are telling me that catnip is used in making rope. No wonder most cats like to play with a string.



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Posted April 08, 2015 - 06:43 AM

So you are telling me that catnip is used in . . . .

Yes, that's what he's talking about. Yes, it is. :thumbs:






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