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Craftsman 22inch hedge trimmer clutch removal,recoil replacement

How do I remove the clutch on the craftsman hedge trimmer so I can replace the recoil rope?

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SOURCE: cant remove pull rope housing from homelite gas hedge trimmer

there is a screw in the hole of the clutch housing bell torx bit i think its a #20

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how to repair a recoil spring: whats missing is this, you should always wgear eye protection when dealing with springs of any kind.
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