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Broke my Jiffy pull cord...any advice?


Carp-fisher

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Hi all,

My new workout regiment must be working...broke my pullcord on my newer Jiffy auger. The rope broke close to the base. Should I retie to the existing cord, or purchase a new one? Any recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Not to get into it to deep but I've had problems with mine.First time out it broke brought it back figuring it would be covered under warranty. Charged me $10 told me it was a wear item. Second time out pulled and broke again. Brought it back and they told me I didn't how to start it called jiffy directly. And they sided with the store that I don t know how to start an auger. Had it fixed sold it. Bought a strikemaster and have drilled over 200 holes not a problem.

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Boy that stinks. I'll have to admit that I was pulling the cord abit different today. I was using big mittens so I wasn't quite getting my fingers around the pull handle. This may have contributed to the break.

Where can I take my auger in the Twin Cities to get it repaired? Thanks.

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I would replace the rope. Odds are if it broke there are other areas worn and suspect of breaking as well.

If you do retie it make sure it is still long enough that you ar not pulling it all the way out every time you pull it.

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If you are handy, they are relatively easy to fix. Just take of the top cover, turn it upside down and remove the rope (you will probably have to cut the knot off). Once you remove the rope, you will have to turn the cam quite a bit so you build tension in it. You have to do this in order to "load" it so it will rewind the rope after you pull it out when trying to start it. Once you have it wound, you'll have to align the hole in order to thread the rope through. When yo align them, stick a screw driver through the holes in the cover so you don't have to hold the cam in place while your trying to thread the rope (the cam will be "loaded" and want to turn back the other way). Thread the rope through both holes, tie a knot, then attach the handle and your done. Just take out the screw driver so the rope winds up and it will be ready to be put back on the auger head. I would buy some better or stronger rope if you can find any. Good luck, it's pretty easy.

Fisherdog

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fisherdog pretty much hit the nail on the head on how to repair the recoil... I've used a c-clamp instead of a screw driver to fix the recoil, but either will work.

If you're somewhat mechanically inclined you'll probably be able to figure it out...

marine_man

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fisherdog did a great job explaining how to do it. It is relatively easy as he said. I've replaced several on mowers, chainsaws, augers, etc. So you shouldn't have any trouble.

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Where can I take my auger in the Twin Cities to get it repaired?


That is a good question- small engine shops are becoming rare, especially good ones. I have a degree in marine and power equipment, but I found that the pay stunk unless you have specialized training in high end equipement(i.e.-recreational stuff like outboards, four wheelers, snowmobiles etc...). I wound up working on trucks and heavy equipment to pay the bills. I don't know if Cherokee Power Equipment is still in business (up around 694 and county 81(I think) in Brooklyn Park) but they have always been quite knowledgable and friendly in the past. If you lived closer to my neck of the woods, I would gladly consider working on your auger, but Stacy is a good hour away.

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If you are handy, they are relatively easy to fix. Just take of the top cover, turn it upside down and remove the rope (you will probably have to cut the knot off). Once you remove the rope, you will have to turn the cam quite a bit so you build tension in it. You have to do this in order to "load" it so it will rewind the rope after you pull it out when trying to start it. Once you have it wound, you'll have to align the hole in order to thread the rope through. When yo align them, stick a screw driver through the holes in the cover so you don't have to hold the cam in place while your trying to thread the rope (the cam will be "loaded" and want to turn back the other way). Thread the rope through both holes, tie a knot, then attach the handle and your done. Just take out the screw driver so the rope winds up and it will be ready to be put back on the auger head. I would buy some better or stronger rope if you can find any. Good luck, it's pretty easy.

Fisherdog


Thanks for the advice. I'll give it a shot tonight.

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Once you do get it fixed make sure to pull in short, quick motions. You really don't need to pull much more than 1/2 the rope out to start the motor.

I broke a few ropes before someone suggested that to me. Haven't had a problem since.

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I had the same problem with my jiffy cord breaking at the knot at the base of the coil. I was pulling to long a stroke. After the second time of replacing the cord I made sure the cord was long enough for a full pull. Hasn't broke since. Easy fix if you follow above posts instructions.

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I brought mine to the hugo feed mill, they fixed my broken cord for around 30 bucks. I was gonna do it myself, but you pretty much have to take the whole thing apart, then you might have to rewind or replace inner spring. I could see me taking about 20 hours, then have to bring it elsewhere in the end, so I just brought it there. You can do a search online and see if there are any authorized repair shops in your area.

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As a side note, for those of you that own a strikemaster and are within a drive from Big Lake, they'll do it at the shop for next to nothing. I had to go there anyway, and they basically charged me zero labor (which was only supposed to be $5 anyway). They'll take care of you, I had a good experience.

Joel

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I'll second that! I replied to a Strikemaster guy a few weeks ago with the same problem. Told him the same thing---the guys in Big Lake fixed mine for free.

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Gaffers in Mankato 2 miles out on hwy 22 if you are in the town on business. I also have a strike master it is godsent!!!

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Carp-fisher,

If the auger is new and they gave you that "wear item" or "You don't know how to start your auger" BS I would tell them that I want a full refund and that I will be buying my next new auger from someone that will honor the warranty! frown.gif

Cliff

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