How to Install a Pull Cord on a Tiller


A tiller makes gardening a lot easier, especially the process of cultivation. This gasoline-powered machine is used to dig up and prepare the soil. The pull cord or starter rope is used to start a tiller. It is connected to the motor and wrapped around the spring-loaded pulley. The pull cord will wear thin with repeated use, and must be replaced. Installing a new pull cord does not take more than a few minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Wrench
  • Vice-grip pliers
  • Lighter
  • New pull cord
  • Remove the black rubber covering the spark plug. Disconnect the spark plug by pulling off its wire from where it is connected.

  • Take off the bolts securing the starter shroud with a wrench. Remove the starter shroud. Turn its pulley counterclockwise until it cannot turn any longer, then hold the pulley in place with vice-grip pliers. Untie the knot at the center of the pulley to remove the old pull cord.

  • Slip the end of a new pull cord into its hole in the starter shroud. Pull in this end and run it into the knot hole inside the pulley.

  • Tie the end of the cord into a knot. Apply heat from the flames of a lighter to the frayed ends of the knotted cord to singe it. Pull the cord taut to rest the knot against the inside of the knot hole.

  • Release the vice-grip pliers to let the pulley roll up the new cord. Replace the starter shroud and bolt it down with a wrench. Reconnect the spark plug and replace the black rubber covering it.

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