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Re: Log splitter engine hard to pull.

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George Marsh

10-19-2012 10:13:20

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Bud, I have a 13 hp honda that is hard to start. Honda says it's an easy start, yea.

I also worked on a vertical shaft briggs 15.5 hp briggs for my termite man. He said it had a bad starter. Come to find out he had a dead battery. Replaced battery, engine was locked up. I removed spark plug and motor spun easily.

The problem was, if the exhaust valve clearance isn't spot on, the motor will have too much compression and the starter won't spin it over.

I adjusted the valves, problem solved.

Check valve clearance. You can find the setting on line.


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Bud in WV

10-19-2012 10:38:12

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 Re: Log splitter engine hard to pull. in reply to George Marsh, 10-19-2012 10:13:20  
Good info! I'll file that away in the rat hole but this one is a pull start.

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Jon Hagen

10-19-2012 20:41:25

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 Re: Log splitter engine hard to pull. in reply to Bud in WV, 10-19-2012 10:38:12  
Pull start makes no difference. If it has OHV and the valves are out of adjustment, it will spin over hard with either recoil or electric start.

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George Marsh

10-19-2012 12:21:55

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 Re: Log splitter engine hard to pull. in reply to Bud in WV, 10-19-2012 10:38:12  
My honda is a pull start. Honda uses the exhaust valve as a decompression valve. The exhaust valve has to be spot on. During the compression stroke, the exhaust valve opens briefly.

I can tell you Briggs has to be spot on too or you can't crank them with a starter. So what makes a pull start Briggs any different?

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