Briggs and Stratton 'Touch and Mow'

I recently purchased a Troy-Bilt (MTD) Tuff-Cut 230 that has a feature called Touch and Mow. A spring starts the engine with the push of a button. The spring gets wound back up when then engine is shut down. It is a nice feature to have.
I question the longevity of the starter spring however. I believe this has been around for a few years now; has anyone dealt with broken spring starters yet? I'm wondering how easy it is to replace in the event that the spring breaks. A search on Google returned nothing relevant.
Todd
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On Tue, 1 Jun 2004 11:40:48 -0400, "Todd F"

I question the longevity of anything made or sold by MTD. <G>
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Me too however it was between that and a Deere that was almost twice as much. My last MTD lasted 8 years and is still going strong aside from the crappy belt/chain transmission in the rear of the mower.
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it is only replaced as a complete assembly you dont repair it. it only been around for a couple years now so not sure on the longevity.

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After a long life-time of using lawnmowers, tillers, etc. I would not have an automatic start engine. What do you do when it doesn't start on the first try? Must be something to rewind the sping I suppose but it's just extra work. A pull rope is instant reset. I now have two Honda mowers and a Honda tiller. All start on one pull...ALMOST always. I have an almost new Trybilt with a Briggs. I am lucky to get that going on 3 pulls.
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The pull starter still works in this case. What's nice is you can either choose to start the engine with the rope or wind the starter with the rope.
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Aha, I was wondering about that. The only one I had seen had to be manually rewound.
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