I take a drill and a 7/8 inch bit and rotate the shaft. Starts the mower in
seconds. No pulling your guts out, no heart attack, no sweat. Here's how I do
I have 3 old junk Murray mowers (old red painted Walmart stuff). I take the
shrouding and all the safety oriented crap off them. I mainly just take my
angle-grinder and cut away all that crap, like taking a can opener to a tin
can. This exposes the shaft end which is on top of the push lawnmower. It is a
square, nut looking deal --the top of the shaft. It fits a 7/8 inch socket.
Now, I take a drill bit that will "chuck into" the other end of that socket. I
use a half-inch spade bit that fits fairly snugly in there. All I'm trying to
do is to get something to allow the drill to turn that socket that I put on the
square shaft. I then hit the primer (rubber bulb dealie) on the lawn mower,
make sure it's in the "run" setting. I put on my earplugs, I use the ear
protector deals that go all the way over my ears --like they use for shooting
guns. Then I press the drill ON button and let er rip. Hold the drill FIRMLY so
it won't pop out of your hands. The lawnmower motor turns...I'd say about 200
RPMs. And very soon she STARTS. Usually, it immediately pops that socket off,
onto the ground. Sometimes I smack that socket off the (running mower) shaft,
with the drill spade bit. Don't be stupid and try to grab it with your hand, to
take it off the mower.
I usually run the mower till it's outta gas, or if the "kill" button still
works, I shut it off with that. It makes the job a little more fun this way.
You think back to all those years (each year...getting older and fatter and
more exasperated) when you wasted time tuning up the mower and changing plugs
to try and get it to start, fiddling with all those idiot levers, pulling your
guts out in the sun, it still didn't start, refiddling with the settings and
trying and trying. Those days are DONE. Just stand there a few seconds or even
a minute or two with your drill doing all the work for you, as your old balky
mower finally gives in and starts...time after time. The EASY way.