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Hand Cranking Briggs Z


What is the correct procedure for starting a Briggs "Z" with a hand crank? I thought you were...

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Old 09-24-2007, 09:31 AM
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Default Hand Cranking Briggs Z

What is the correct procedure for starting a Briggs "Z" with a hand crank?

I thought you were supposed to hold the compression release, crank it up to speed, and then let go of the compression release and keep cranking until it starts; but if I do this, it just wants to throw the crank off. I've had better luck letting off the compression release and the crank at the same time, and letting it coast to start itself.

Any thoughts on this?
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I have a B and i usually pull the compression release while cranking it 3 or 4 revolutions and let go of the crank and release at the same time. it usually starts right up.
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Default Re: Hand Cranking Briggs Z

Thats how I normally do it.

I think the problem is that I was cranking like crazy and when it kicked the crank off it was like when you're pulling on a rusted bolt and it suddenly lets go.......if you get what I'm saying . If you crank it a little slower the crank stays were it's supposed to.

I've also found that you can quarter turn it like a tractor, altough the best method is probably as you described.
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Default Re: Hand Cranking Briggs Z

I do it Andy's way. But I have never had a problem with the crank flying off on its own. Keep at arms length when cranking.
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