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Starter pull cord won't retract on Crafts 358 hedge trimmer

The starter pull cord gets stock and won't retract. I opened and rewound it back, but it keeps getting stock.

I see there's a spring in there. Is that the problem... I hear that it could also be the pulley?

I welcome any help

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I use a dremel with a sharpening stone, if u don't have one you can also use a power drill with a small sanding disk (1 inch) and course sand paper (30 or 40 grit). or you can use a bastard file. its too tight to use any kind of angle guide so just take your time and do it by eye. it shouldn't take much to get them sharp enough to do the job, over-sharpening is unnecessary and dangerous, and will make the blades dull faster. sharpen all the free blades, top and bottom, then start the trimmers to advance the blades to free up the sides you couldn't get. i use a light penetrating oil to clean the blades first, then lithium grease spray to lubricate.

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Any local repair shop will do this for you - if you're looking for free repair -then please - look at the local sears store to direct you as they have the locations there.

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Posted on Jun 30, 2010

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