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My D14 has a hand crank and a bad starter...

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Dan in GA

08-08-2000 18:07:22

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I have never used the hand crank, first, will it kick if the motor starts, and should it be real difficult to turn? Thanks. Tractor is on its third day in the bottom of our old apple/peach orchard.

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Phil Auten (TX)

08-09-2000 05:10:54

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 Re: My D14 has a hand crank and a bad starter... in reply to Dan in GA, 08-08-2000 18:07:22  
Cup your right hand like you were going to try to hold water in it, then curl the fingers around the crank handle. Pull toward you and if the engine kicks back it will pull the handle out of your hand. My B is so tight I can barely turn it more than a quarter turn at a time, but it usually starts on the second or third pull.

BTW, if you don't keep your thumb under the crank handle and it kicks back, it's gonna hurt like....

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Dick L

08-08-2000 19:31:29

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 Re: My D14 has a hand crank and a bad starter... in reply to Dan in GA, 08-08-2000 18:07:22  

They can kick. I have a B and C that I hand crank. I thought I broke my arm trying to hurry to get it started in the rain at one of the pulls. Hurry was the key word. I use one quarter turns pulling up and out. Never push in on the crank while cranking and never push in on the crank untill all movement of the engine has stopped. Oh and don't rap your thumb around the crank, just use your fingers.
With those little precautions and a few starts you will be cranking those little four bangers just because its fun.

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robert mull

08-08-2000 19:20:17

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 Re: My D14 has a hand crank and a bad starter... in reply to Dan in GA, 08-08-2000 18:07:22  
Make sure you have the tractor out of gear. Pull up on the hand crank 1/4 turn at a time Do not attempt to spin the engine. Keep your thumb out of the way. It will only kick if the engine Back fires. You might want to try it with the switch off a couple of times just to get the feel for how hard you need to pull up.

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