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Flywheel key repair update

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Now it's so easy to start the mower even Huckleberry could do it.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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We just bought a new cordless electric mower that will mulch, side shoot, or rear bag. It is wonderful. Our grass has grown considerable while waiting for this purchase and it does quite well on the foot tall grass. I am looking forward to getting all the tall grass mowed and then lowering the lever to a more normal grass level.
Comment by Sheila Thu May 27 19:53:57 2010
We may find a good cordless electric mower someday --- I'm intrigued, especially since we love the golf cart so much. Actually, if Mark hadn't shaped this mower up, I might have taken the plunge. I wanted something I could start!
Comment by anna Fri May 28 07:58:57 2010
I'm probably way too late on trying to help you with this problem but maybe it will come in handy if you ever run into this problem again. On Briggs & Stratton motors that are the simple pull start, all you need to get the flywheel off is a hammer. Simply take the nut off of the top of the flywheel and turn it so the side of the flywheel that ISN'T magnetic is facing you. Not extremely hard but pretty hard, whack the un-magnetized side of the flywheel. When you hit it just hard enough, the flywheel will simply "POP" up so you can pull it off with your hand. BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL HITTING THE TOP OF THE CRANKSHAFT WITH ANYTHING!! You could screw it up so the nut won't go back on without some work or you could easily bend the crank. I hope this helps you one day in the future. Thanks for having a good blog.
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