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So, the rope finally broke on my 30 yr. old LB. Well, the setscrew on the recoil assemble just turned for an eternity. Local fellow told me it was stripped and engine had to be removed to get at the screw. Engine's off now, and I just KNOW someone out there knows how to proceed from here. Other than an easy out, which I haven't yet tried, is there a secret/clever way to get it. I want to mow again!! Also, it's getting hot here and I just don't want to work any harder/hotter than I have to. Thanks.
 

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Set screws can be drilled out with cement bits... Or maybe you could forget it and just drill a new hole for a new set screw...
 

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You could use a left handed drill bit, or screw remover to back it out. IF the threads are stripped, you can always drill it and tap it for a larger set screw.
 

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Well, the allen wrench fits snugly, and turns the screw, so imagine it's actually the soft Al/Mg body that's stripped. I've got the notion something should fit inside the hex-hole and allow pullingand turning. Limited space 'tho. I'll have to get the mod # later. Am headed out now. I'll bet otheres have had the same prob w/it. Have used the mower for 3 yrs regularly and like it. Thanks.
 

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Model number always helps with these sort of thing. SOME Lbs had a top and a bottom set screw hole but only used one. IF it has a top one, it might still be good.

As for getting the old one out, turn the recoil spool to put pressure on the set screw from the inside as the notch in the recoil axle comes up against the set screw. This MIGHT cause the screw to take a hold and come out. Otherwise, you may be able to coax the recoil starter axle out then can get to the set screw.

Walt Conner
 

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Thanks all for helpful suggestions. The model # is 8237 , I forget the Type, and the year, have a good old Lb repair book here that I'll be getting out soon. Have been busy and not doing work on green beauty.
I did try, but briefly, Walt's suggestion about nudging the shaft against set screw and attempting a "thread grabbing". I think there's hope for that yet when I settle down to a more serious attempt. There MAY be another set screw on top -- but that's just under the flywheel and I ain't going there yet.. Never knew replacing a starter rope could be so .."interesting".... Again, thanks all. Bill
 
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