I still remember the ratcheting sound on wind-up and the ker-thunk after releasing the catch lever. Just like a pull starter it wasn't very fun if it wouldn't start!Originally posted by Chief
I remember having a couple of wind up spring start push mowers years ago as a young boy. They always seemed to work well for me as i recall. I am not sure why they fell out of favor. My guess would be due to added cost. They were pretty kool though weren' they?
Good points on the safety factors, Mark. Both points spell "lawsuit" in the hands of the brain-dead!Originally posted by memmurphy
My grandfather and neighbor both had them on their Toros back in the early 70's. They were neat in that they did not require a battery but could be started with little effort. But if the engine bacame hard to start for some reason they could be a real pain while troubleshooting. I think they where discontinued for safety reasons due to people getting hurt trying to disassemble them before releasing the spring or forgeting they wound them and having it release unexpectedly with their hands in the blade path. I think I read that somewhere anyway.