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How to fix my Tanaka chainsaw rope to recoil back?

I Pulled the cord to start the saw. And the cord did not retract back. Took it apart. Put it back together. Worked for about 5 pulls and did the same thing.

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If you replace the recoil assembly with a new one or repair this one again, try to adjust the distance you pull the recoil to just short of the end of the pull cord. You could be pulling so hard and jamming it with each jerk of the cord. Slowly pull the cord to the end of its travel and make a mental note of that distance....then force yourself to stop your movement just shy of that spot when you are starting the saw. I think you may have a bit better luck. I have a neighbor that does the same thing and I fix his at least a dozen times per season.

Posted on Apr 26, 2015

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Replace teh recoil section as there is a problem with the spring or the pulley section holding the cord.

Posted on Apr 26, 2015

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