Spring (Mechanical) Starters

IPU’s range of SureStart spring starters are a reliable, cost-effective way of providing manual starting for diesel engines in a variety of applications. Available for engines up to 12 litres, they are ideally suited to harsh environments such as offshore and marine and provide an ideal low-cost alternative to electric starting systems.

 

How Does Spring Starters Work?

IPU’s spring starter motors come complete with a winding handle. Simply push a button on the motor to engage it and wind the handle until a coloured indicator on the motor changes. Then remove the winding handle and, to start the engine, pull on the trip lever on the motor. It’s that simple! We’ve even produced a video that shows just how simple they are to operate:

 

Video: Operating a Spring Starter

 

Benefits of Spring Starting

  • Guaranteed starting. Long shutdowns, damp, cold or harsh environments don’t affect the engine cranking because of the manual operation
  • Reliability. A long and proven track record with many spring starters still operating after decades in service.
  • Space and weight saving. Starting at only 18kg and less than 50% the weight of a conventional electric starter.
  • Operator safety. The crank will not fly off or kick back during operation, and the motor can be unwound if not required.
  • Ease of use. Spring starters are a direct ‘bolt-on’ alternative to electric starters providing quick and easy installation.
  • Reduces battery costs. For certain applications, such as pumps, welders and gen-sets you can remove the need for a battery completely.
  • Lower electrical costs. Without the need for an electric starter a lighter duty alternator can be fitted or your existing alternator will last longer.

 

Which Spring Starter is right for me?

We have a range of Spring Starters to suit different applications and different makes of diesel engine. Our Spring Starters can also be used to replace many existing Kinetico or Startwell spring starters. To make the choice easier we’ve put together an online product selector to find out which Spring Starter is right for you.

Use this link to access our online product selector.

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  • The SureStart S20 is suitable for diesel engines from 30.5 to 152.5 cubic inches (0.5 to 2.5 litres) and is available as a clockwise and anti-clockwise model.

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    SureStart S20
  • The SureStart S30 is suitable for diesel engines from 67.1 to 402.7 cubic inches (1.1 to 6.6 litres) and is available as a clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation model.

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    SureStart S30
  • The SureStart S40 is suitable for diesel engines up to 476 cubic inches (7.8 litres) and is available as a clockwise model.

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    SureStart S40
  • The SureStart S50 is suitable for diesel engines up to 610.2 cubic inches (10 litres) and is available as a clockwise model.

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    SureStart S50
  • The SureStart S60 is suitable for diesel engines up to 732.3 cubic inches (12 litres). It is available as a clockwise rotation model only.

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    SureStart S60
  • The SureStart S70 is suitable for diesel engines up to 732.3 cubic inches (12 litres) and is available as a clockwise model.

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    SureStart S70