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Old 15 January 2007, 05:12   #1
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Any good at pulling!

There a thread by Chris 15000 (I've promoted him) asking about twin batteries. I am a firm believer in twin batteries but i realise you don't need two big batteries if you can hand start your motor!

So what's the biggest motor you have started on the pull cord?
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Old 15 January 2007, 05:34   #2
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Old 15 January 2007, 05:35   #3
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My old V4 Johnson 100HP, Tried starting on the battery, but ran it flat!
Ended up pull starting it after a lot of cursing!
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Old 15 January 2007, 06:00   #4
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200 suzi. Surprisingly easy.
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As with JW, my 200 EFI Suzi starts easily on the emergency cord supplied.

I was amazed to see it on the engine when I aquired it, so tried it from cold and was surprised how easy it was.

Wouldn't want to do it all the time though.

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Old 15 January 2007, 06:08   #6
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wow

looks like this could be a challenge for the next rib conference..
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Which brings us back to Chris's batteries. I used to use Bosch batteries in the boat and in my vehicles. Strange things. They die without warning and won't accept a charge, hence the necessity to pull start. I swapped them for Exide, not my choice but when you're away from home and you need a battery, you need a battery. Anyway, the main one lasted about 3yrs and the backup was still good when I sold the boat. I now use Fulmen and I've had failures there too. They hate being partially discharged for any length of time, but I've also got one which is 5 years old and still good.

My feeling is that as battery capacity and current delivery has increased for a given physical size of casing, they have become less reliable.

Now, back to Wogue Rave's pulling......
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A 75hp Mercury... it was always a reluctant cold starter and took ages!
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