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I took apart my crafsman 6.0 lawnmower to replace the power pull cord. the question i have is once I have the power cord is there a special way of setting the cord up in the spindal ? I had to take apart the top section just to have access to where the cord is held with a knot.

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This is the way I do it; first ensure the new pull rope is the same length (or close) to the original. Tie the handle to the new cord before rewinding the pulley spring up all the way, rotate the pulley as needed to align the hole in the pulley and the guide in the cover and then hold it with a "C" clamp or have a helper hold it tight (I prefer the "C" clamp).

Thread the new cord in place; if you have difficulties with the rope bunching up put on some gloves and with a torch (or stovetop) heat the end of the new rope until it just begins to melt and then roll it into a point to make it go through the little holes easier. For really stubborn ropes (keep the gloves on) if the pointed end helps but it's still difficult to thread all the way through I've found that after forming the point saturate the last 6-8 inches of the rope with melted Gulfwax or bee's wax. Once the wax is cooled a bit but still hot roll the the rope in your hands to form the end of the rope strait. Thread the rope through ending and locking with a small but tight simple knot. Release the Clamp and allow the rewind spring to wind the rope in.

Posted on Sep 27, 2010

  • aakillian Sep 27, 2010

    I HAD THE IDEA TO REPLACE THE CORD THE WAY IT WAS LOOPED THE ORGINAL WAY, BUT THE QUESTION I HAD IS HOW WILL IT REWIND ITSELF WITH THE FORCE OF THE SPRING ?

  • Mike Squire Sep 27, 2010

    You rotate the pulley by hand in the direction it would turn when you pull on the rope, this rotation loads (winds) the spring force used to turn the deep groove pulley and wind up the rope.
    If the pulley just spins and spins without ever tightening the spring that could indicate a broken spring or a spring that is no longer connected to the pullie's center slot. If this has happened it may be best taking it to a shop for repair at this point because I can attest that if the spring comes out of the rewind cover it's an absolute mess to deal with but a shop has special tools to work with.

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