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Old 14 December 2019, 17:00   #1
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After heart surgery I had problems starting my engines on the mower, saw, washer etc. I invented the Pullstarter to attach to a decent drill that would do the job for me.
It can be seen in action on https://youtu.be/OuEHyDzbimg
I would be interested in comments on suitability for outboards.
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Old 14 December 2019, 17:51   #2
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After heart surgery I had problems starting my engines on the mower, saw, washer etc. I invented the Pullstarter to attach to a decent drill that would do the job for me.
It can be seen in action on https://youtu.be/OuEHyDzbimg
I would be interested in comments on suitability for outboards.
Thanks.


To be fair, if you need such a device to start an outboard, you either:-

A, shouldn’t be out on a boat
B, need an electric start
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one word brilliant.
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Old 15 December 2019, 04:17   #4
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Interesting device. Top marks for ingenuity. Kind if a cross between a Sherrif of Nottingham crossbow and a modified bicep flex trainer!

Outboards of the size this could work on, say 3.5hp to 50hp, then I doubt there's a market for it especially as space is already a premium on board boats up to 4m. Even If you had an injected molded carrying case for the starter, plus the drill case, then that's kit to store you don't actually need.

There could be a market for marine workshops. God knows they must see their fair share of pull start outboards for servicing at the end or start of the season. That said, most outboards, especially 4-stroke, around 15hp up would be electric start these days I'd have thought.

My own view if it's a pull start outboard, then you should be able to start it by hand. It gives an indication of how long it takes to start the engine, service ready, fault finding, etc.

Anyway, best of luck with it.
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A very simple but clever device.

But agree with Spartacus that manual start outboards are usually on sub 4m boats where I just wouldn't want to have the hassle of carrying that kit... which of course would all need to be made in saltwater corrosion proof materials.

If I had such a problem starting an outboard I'd just get the elec start version which is a far neater solution.
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Very clever but for me I would just convert my engine to electric start
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An easier and simpler way to start an outboard or any form of 2-stroke garden machinery is to take the lid off, fit a suitable sized nut into a (hand-held!!!) drill and apply.
Simples!
Lots of YouTube videos on the subject.
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As you are a manufacturer surely you would be testing it first without asking the question or is it a plug for your products?
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After heart surgery I had problems starting my engines on the mower, saw, washer etc. I invented the Pullstarter to attach to a decent drill that would do the job for me.
It can be seen in action on https://youtu.be/OuEHyDzbimg
I would be interested in comments on suitability for outboards.
Thanks.
If the clamp at the battery of the drill wasn't secure it would spin round into your face.
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As you are a manufacturer surely you would be testing it first without asking the question or is it a plug for your products?


I assumed he was doing some market assessment about potential of his land product for outboards. No point in testing it (especially if that requires buying some outboards) if the market feedback is don’t bother.

On top of the others comments I’d suggest that the majority of O/boards without an electric start (option) are those most likely to be lifted on / off the transom for each use. If you are not able to start it you are probably not able to put it on transom. Even for more permanently installed engines where batteries are an option but perhaps not installed - the same issue applies to tilting the engine.
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After heart surgery I had problems starting my engines on the mower, saw, washer etc. I invented the Pullstarter to attach to a decent drill that would do the job for me.
It can be seen in action on https://youtu.be/OuEHyDzbimg
I would be interested in comments on suitability for outboards.
Thanks.
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