Pull Cord on Chipper Locked UP

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

The pull cord on our wood chipper is locked and it can't be pulled out to start. The cord is not screwed up but the mechanism inside will not turn? ANy suggestions? Having the same problem with our roto tiller. Thanks.

This is a Tecumseh 8hp engine.

This message was edited Aug 17, 2011 4:23 PM

Missouri City, TX

I have had similar cord problems.

You have to remove the cord mechanism. The spring is probably rusted or broken.

If you have the original exploded parts list the replacement should not be very expensive.

Sometimes you can rebuild the recoil mechanism, but it;s a lot faster (and less frustrating) to replace the whole assembly.

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Thanks, we did remove the cord mech and there is nothing wrong, it pulls and recoils fine when removed. It appears the gears or whatever it pulls is what is actually locked up?

Missouri City, TX

Need to check the exploded parts diagram to see what the next step would be.

Good luck.

Do you have a Tecumseh repair facility near you? Sometimes the techs are willing to provide some information that would help a DIYer solve the problem, and if not, they might give an estimate of what it would cost to fix.

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Actually Steve really took it apart even not knowing what he was doing and was able to get some pliers to the blades and there was a bit of wood in there blocking the blades from moving. Arduous task getting it out but when he did it started right up again. So in the future if it happens we'll remember to check the blades.

Missouri City, TX


Actually I have clogged my machine, too.

Frustrating taking off the feed and safety covers - and trying not to lose any tiny parts like the circlips and cotter pins.

Would have suggested that first, but was concentrating on the cord.

When the motor won't turn over at all, it is usually something in the cutter / chipper that is preventing the crankshaft from turning.

Glad you got it running again.

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Thanks for your help and suggestions. Now today it was getting the splitter started, and we did! Next to work on the tiller!

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