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A friend has a poulan push mower and hit a pretty big rock with it, and now when you pull the pull cord to start it, it pulls hard and will not start. It is not the flywheel key sheered off, that is fine, so I am wondering if there is something else it could be or if the drive shaft got bent and it needs to be scrapped?

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  • mepurpleturt Sep 02, 2010

    I took it all apart, checked everything over, replaced the blade, blade attachment kit w/shear key, checked the flywheel key, had to replace the safety cord and plug, now it idles great, but, so far, I have literally broken two of the blade attachment kids where it goes around the shaft, yet the shear key remains in tact.
    Now I am not sure if it is a bad batch of attachment kits or something more, especially since the blade spins freely, no apparent bends in the shaft at all and does not hit the sides anywhere.
    It sounds great when it runs without the blade on, so I hate to give up just yet.



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Hi, it sounds like it's most likely that drive shaft. If the drive shaft gets dirty or dry you'll get the same problem with the pull cord being hard to pull, so more than likely that shaft got bent somehow and now it won't pull.

If you turn the mower over, can you turn the blade by hand? Maybe you can see if the shaft is bent as you try to turn it.

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