Toro String Trimmer Pull Start Problem

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Old 07-27-09, 06:39 PM
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Toro String Trimmer Pull Start Problem

I have a Toro gas powered string trimmer that has always worked great until this weekend. While I was trying to start it, it felt like the pull start mechanism became 'detached' from the engine. In other words, when I pull all that happens is I hear a metallic sound and I no longer feel the resistance of the engine as I pull - just a metallic sound and no sound coming from the exhaust.

Sorry for the poor description.

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Old 07-27-09, 08:17 PM
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See if you can gain a visual on the flywheel through some cooling slots in the housing and see if the flywheel is turning when you pull the rope.
 
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Old 08-17-09, 04:43 AM
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Recoil Assembly Teeth Worn Down

I finally pulled it apart and found that the teeth on the plastic recoil pulley assembly were completely worn down to virtually nothing.

Where can I get a replacement piece? It's an older model (Toro 51904, SN 790500110) and one place online listed the part as discontinued. Since the trimmer was manufactured in 1996, that's not surprising. I'd like to fix it since it has always started on the first few pulls and it runs great.

Thanks!
 
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Old 08-17-09, 07:25 PM
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Check with the local small engine shops...often they have trimmer junk piles to pick parts from.
 
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Old 08-18-09, 07:20 AM
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It's a discontinued part and nobody around here is interested in finding another option for me. No problem.

I found an OEM replacement part here: Lawn Mower Parts

Six bucks for the part, eight bucks to ship it. Oh well.
 
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