Last fall I decided to upgrade my generator to electric start. This is an older Generac 6500 unit with a 10hp Tecumseh single cylinder engine that is REALLY difficult to start with the rope.
So I got a toothed flywheel, made a battery tray and mounted up a solenoid and a switch to a 12V starter that I got on Ebay brand new.
After starting this generator roughly 10 times it won't turn over anymore. Yesterday I traced it down to the starter which was shorted out. Upon disassembly I discovered the magnets in the casing had split and were stuck to the armature. These looked to be powdered metal with almost not effective bonding within the layering.
My search has uncovered that this seems to be a somewhat common problem with these and I'm wondering if I should just try to fix this problem with small brass bolts through the casing or is there a better starter out there?
Everywhere I look these are about the same price, 30 day warranty made in Taiwan.
Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.