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Old 10-02-06, 05:31 AM
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Does the installation of the recoil spring of the rope starter assembly require a special tool? The chainsaw is a late model 16" Craftsman and I can't figure out how to get the recoil spring back in. Any help would be appreciated.
 
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Old 10-02-06, 11:33 PM
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It can be a real pain. This might be a case when it would be much better just to take it to a shop and let someone who has done lots of these put it in for you. It should be cheap, and save you lots of frustration and maybe some cuts from a mean spring. Otherwise, wind it up tight enough to get it into the housing, and wiggle, twist, and work the hook on the spring in place and try to insert the coiled spring into the housing without it coming uncoiled.
 
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Old 10-03-06, 05:52 AM
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Needle nose pliers, strong fingers, patience, bandaids and perseverance. Or, as Cheese suggested, take it to a saw shop and they'll likely do it for ten bucks or so (with the rewind already off the saw) plus parts. If you don't already have the parts, that is. I have seasoned veterans at my shop who cringe and servicing handheld equipment starters.
 
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Old 10-03-06, 07:43 AM
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Thanks a lot guys for the advice. Slnce there is no special tool, I'll attempt installing the spring one more time myself before going to a shop.
 
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Old 10-03-06, 11:36 AM
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Locking...Needle Nose pliers
 
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Old 10-03-06, 08:21 PM
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rewind tool

There is a special tool I have not tried it though look here:

http://www.becoparts.com/ezcoil.html

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Old 10-04-06, 02:57 AM
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I like it!!! I'm just not so sure that there are sufficient adaptors enough for all the various size hubs/housings. For the price, you'd have to do alot of rewind repairs a year. In other words, it may be good for shops but the ocassional homeowner may not justify the cost.
 
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Old 10-11-06, 06:15 AM
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recoil spring installation solved

The way I solved the recoil spring installation problem was as follows: I purchased a new spring for $8 which came coiled and restrained by a plastic band. The trick was to insert the restrained coil with the outer hook over the housing groove. Prior to pushing the hook into the groove, a roll of tape was placed over the coil (on edge) for safety reasons. Once the hook was pushed in, the plastic band was remove and the tape roll carefully lifted out. The coil now sat ready for the rope disk reassembly.
Thank you all for your advice!
 
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Old 10-11-06, 06:50 AM
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Thumbs up Spring Band

Save that plastic band, it is not difficult to wind the spring back into the band and then reinstall it in your starter. I keep several of them on hand whenever I need to reinstall a spring for a customer.
 
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