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Stihl Starter Rope Question

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by allboy, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. allboy

    allboy ArboristSite Member

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    I have a broken starter rope on my Stihl 046. How many inches do I need for the replacement rope? is it the same for the 044, and 066? thanks for your help.
     
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    Should be the same as a 044 but it will vary with other models depending on the size of the recoil pulley. I usually start with a piece of rope about two feet long and just fill the pulley up, will probably take 15-18 inches.(just a estimate)
     
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    I believe stihl recommends 39 inches. Now, how many people actually measure?
     
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    A factor to take into consideration is the rope diameter - a larger diameter will fill up the rotor more quickly. The IPL calls for 3.5mm diameter and 960mm length (about 3 feet). If one uses a heavier rope (4mm or 4.5mm), less than 3 feet will be needed.
     
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    ElastoStart? if yes just get one from dealer. only few bucks.
     
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    The stihl dealer didnt even offer the Elasto so he sold me some bulk stuff. Is it better to use the Elasto starter rope? What are most of you guy using, and why do mine break too soon?
     
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    "ElastoStart" is Stihl's name for their shock absorbing starter handle (not the cord). They sell/use the cord in bulk.
     
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    I use the bulk rope and fill the spool up with all I can get on, get some tension on the spring and stick the rope end out the hole and clamp the rope so it doesn't go back in.

    Then I thread the handle on the rope and pull out enough for good spring tension - tie the knot in the rope and pot the stater back on the saw. You have to pull out on the handle and jiggle a little to get the starter to seat.

    There are different thicknesses of starter rope.

    There may be something inside your starter that is cutting the cord?

    If the cord gets over the edge of the pulley, it is sure to chafe and break.
     

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