Video: Operating a spring starter

Operating a spring starter is so simple. To start an engine you simply engage the start motor, wind the handle until a coloured indicator shows the motor is fully charged and remove the winding handle. Then pull on the trip lever and the starter motor will turn the engine. It’s that easy!

Spring starters are completely independent as they don’t need electricity, hydraulics or air. This makes them an ultra-reliable way of starting diesel engines up to 732 cubic inches (12 litres).

Watch our video below and see an IPU engineer operate a spring starter in minutes!

Operating a spring starter

Spring Starter Benefits

  • Guaranteed starting. Manual operation ensures engine cranking is unaffected by long shutdowns, damp, cold or harsh environment.
  • 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 gensets 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.

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