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Need help with this please.Have just bought this and im having trouble with the pull cord, it wont come out of its housing further than a couple of inches?Appreciate any help.

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SOURCE: I cant start it due to the pull cord not coming out further than 5-6 inches??

Sounds like the cord may be wrapped outside of the recoil pulley and may be spinning the motor backwards. The cord can backlash especially if the trimmer kicked a bit during starting.

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