craftsman two stroke trimmer


Old 10-01-01, 11:39 AM
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How would I remove the shroud to repair the recoil starter for a two stoke craftsman trimmer. I know I have to remove the drive line but how do I do that? Do I need to drill it out? If so how do I reinstall the drive line?
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Old 10-01-01, 02:41 PM
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Hello and Welcome Chuck11420 to the Do-It-Yourself Web Site and my Small Engine forum.

Generically speaking, you do not want to repair the string trimmer in any way without the service manual. I highly suggest you purchase it prior to attempting any repairs.

You should not have to drillout any screws etc. to remove the starter cover. Some brands and models do not require the full removal of parts to access the starter.

In some cases the string trimmer head must be removed first. Then removal of the drive line, etc. to remove the starter shroud. This is where the service booklet comes in real handy.

A service manual with explain in detail all the steps required to complete the task. The pictures are a great benefit and the manual explains the cautions that should be taken dealing with coiled starter springs.

Having this service done professionally saves time and avoids the potential dangers of working with coiled springs that often require specialized tools for removing and replacing uncaged springs, rewinding the pull rope etc.

Check the archives, within this forum, for other postings and replies on this topic and the manufactures online web site for further information.

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Old 10-02-01, 05:27 PM
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Is that trimmer one with the throttletrigger in the handle over the engine? If so, Remove the allen screws where the shaft meets the engine and all around that same cover to acces the starting mechanism.

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