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Pull Start Tool (For Mowers etc)

video Pull Start Tool (For Mowers etc)
I was thinking of making this home-made unit into a product.
I think it can start any pull-to start engine.
I made a couple of different version of it, one using a battery drill,
the other using a small battery chainsaw for power.
Do you think there would be a market for such a tool ?
Feedback most welcome.
Thanks.
pwatts328 days ago
I am very interested in purchasing
One pull starter please contact me
I am Pam ph 14325533268 is my number my work number is 4326827742
Please contact me ASAP want to purchase one
dkrall5 months ago
I like the idea, I just think it is bulky and akward to operate. especially when using something as dangerous as a chainsaw. Be carefull!!!
coldsteel9075 months ago
Not a bad idea, but this is what electric starters are for. Maybe if you could compact it and further simplify the design and allow for different cord length through an adjustable pull length, just my opinion, don't let it stop you though, we need people with ideas these days
brankif (author)  coldsteel9075 months ago
Thanks for taking the time to comment, much appreciated.
gomiboy5 months ago
I think this is a fantastic idea. I'm intrigued that you could get enough power out of a battery-powered drill to pull the cord, especially for the old chain saw.

I agree with the comments below - this looks like a marketable idea, and you should look into how you might get funding to build them. I'd also buy it today if I could.

You might also consider selling the plans rather than complete units, as that would have a lower barrier to entry for costs, and could fund manufacturing later.
brankif (author)  gomiboy5 months ago
Thanks for the comment. If you look closely at the drill starter , there is an elastic 'bungee cord' under the main mechanism. As the rope is inserted into the engine, the cord is stretched to full length - This means on the pull stroke, the energy stored in the elastic is added to the power of the drill. At the end of the pull stroke, the bungee energy is exhausted, but the drill recharges it again on the recoil stroke.
spalmer85 months ago
Sign me up I want one. I never use pull start power tools. As I don't have the knack. I want the drill based one.
brankif (author)  spalmer85 months ago
Thanks for that - you've been added to the list!!
neo716655 months ago
ya a lil late, already commercial units made. I know Lowes sells em.
spalmer8 neo716655 months ago
What does Lowe's call them? I was not able to locate with a site search.
brankif (author)  spalmer85 months ago
I think want neo71665 is referring to is the new Troy-Bilt grass strimmer that can be supplied with an external starter - they say it is jump-start compatible. It does look pretty good, but I was looking to start my existing equipment - I would also be interested to know if there is a tool available that would start existing equipment. Thanks to both for taking the time to comment.
tech savvy5 months ago
great idea you have there ,
I know a lot of people that could use a tool like that,
like my grandmother for example ,
there's so many people who have a hard time with pull-starters ,
I think you should try to market its a very good idea .
Go big into this. People are tired of this and hurting theyre backs. Start a Facebook page for it and people will definatly give you enough attention to kick start this and put a patent on it.
brankif (author)  nathanielmynhier5 months ago
Thanks for the comment. I'll need to look into kickstarter by the looks of the feedback.
rimar20005 months ago
You deserve a NOBEL prize for this. I am tired to pull the rope of my chainsaw.

It would be nice if you could explain us detailedly how did you made it.
brankif (author)  rimar20005 months ago
Thanks for the prize. It does take a bit of engineering, but I had a lot of time to think about it after my surgery. I've re-designed it a bit to deliver a bit more power to the pull stroke, I'll need to make a few drawings and let you have a look.
Thanks for taking the time to comment
buckwag12195 months ago
you have a great idea! I would even purchase something like it. Good luck!
brankif (author)  buckwag12195 months ago
Thanks for that.
nnygamer5 months ago
I think you need to start a kickstarter (or similar) campaign for this!
brankif (author)  nnygamer5 months ago
That's not a bad idea.
Thanks for taking the time to comment.
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