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Craftsman leaf blower pull string will not recoil. Have taken apart and recoiled the string but will pull maybe twice and then not recoil.

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The recoil units on these are engineered very poorly and are not very heavy duty. The plastic part that holds the end of the recoil spring is subject to wear and does...causing this problem. I have fixed one by using JB Weld and epoxying a doubled in two piece of metal (which was a very small picture hangar bracket) on the area with limited results because the bracket was the same height as the plastic piece that wasn't far so good..short of just buying the same old cheaply made parts over and over for this...I would try to just improve on the existing one....see if you can get in there and do what I did..its not that hard and once in there, you will see the problem.

Posted on Jul 18, 2010


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