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How can I put an electric starter on a pull start Briggs and Stratton engine?

I'm 50 and have a herniated disk in my back. It hurts me to start my chipper/shredder. I'd like to put an electric starter on it, but need guidance as to type of starter motor, how to attach a battery, etc.

You have to check if your flywheel is geared for a starter motor. If there is a ring gear on the flywheel then you can but if there isn't you will have to call your local Briggs dealer to see if there is a conversion kit for your flywheel. Some Briggs flywheels are made to accept a plastic ring gear kit, most are not. Some motors you can also replace the flywheel with a geared one, again, most not so much. Then you will have to buy a starter and a battery and figure a way to keep the battery charged. Or you can try to put a snowblower starter motor on it like others suggested.
Thats a funny question, because just wescently I put a pull start on a electric Briggs. I guess I was just tired of buying a new battery every 6 months.
TheZuke!4 years ago
Last month I picked up a free snowblower, it had a 120 V AC electric starting motor (made by Tecumseh) attached to a 4 HP Briggs & Stratton engine. I spent the afternoon pulling the electric starter off and attaching it to the 5 HP B & S on another snowblower. I needed to tap a couple of holes on the 5 HP motor, and break off some sheet metal tabs on the shroud and tap a couple more holes on the shroud where the push button/power connector module mounts.. A similar electric starting motor was about $70 on TAS (That Auction Site). for example: http://cgi.ebay.com/Ariens-120-Volt-Electric-Starter-Kit-Tecumseh-/260552511325?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3caa23cf5d http://cgi.ebay.com/TECUMSEH-ELECTRIC-STARTER-120-VOLTS-ENGINE-SNOW-BLOWER-/370397667638?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&hash=item563d6be136
Hi check these guys out: www.jackssmallengines.com/add_electric_starter.html HTH Todd
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