Starts on a single pull...?

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Starts on a single pull...?

Postby mercaholic » Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:19 pm

I was down at our local boat ramp and watched a couple of guys launch their tin boat with an older looking Suzuki motor sitting on the transom..

I usually chat the guys up and offer to help them with the launch.  We got into discussing his Suzuki motor,  He mentioned he bought it used and had it for over 10yrs and only changed the plugs once in addition to replenishing the gear oil annually.   He uses it every week until the fall season.

He also mentioned that it only needed one pull to start, even when cold and sure enough he was correct.

It got me thinking if I ever had an old Merc motor that would do likewise and I only recall a Mk28 that would start with one pull all day even after sitting for a few hours but needed more pulling effort to fire up 1st thing in the mornings.

Does anyone have an old merc two cylinder model that would start with such little effort... ?
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Re: Starts on a single pull...?

Postby Wally » Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:08 pm

I have the Armstrong starter for my white, 4-cylinder Merc (450 powerhead).  It would start with 1 pull a few years ago but this summer it took 3-4.  Time for a tuneup I guess.  My old Merc friends just roll their eyes when I tell them I'll get electric start when I get old.  I was 15 when I started pulling the rope on a new 35A.

My Sande Ace runabout a rear cockpit steering.  I can sit on the starboard side deck and give it a good pull.
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Re: Starts on a single pull...?

Postby 58woody » Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:24 pm

Both my Merc 700 and Mark 58 start on the first key turn, my Mark 6 - 2 pulls. One with choke and then we go.
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Re: Starts on a single pull...?

Postby SteveC » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:08 pm

My 47 KE-7 is a very good starting motor.  It will often start with the first pull, but you need to make it a good one.  These take some effort on the pull, so you have to be prepared to give it a good tug.  Other motors I have that are very good starters are my breakerless Merc 200's.  74 & 75 vintage.  

Strangely, with my 1972 200.  We have been recently doing the final work-up and putting some hours on it.  We had it out late last week, and though it is a bit hard starting cold, once it had warmed up, and after some fishing and restart, it was about 9" of rope pull to get it running.  Kevin took it out last night, and......no start.    [violin.gif]   Other than running fine a few days earlier, nothing.   I have some looking into this afternoon.  

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Re: Starts on a single pull...?

Postby SteveC » Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:24 am

SteveC wrote:My 47 KE-7 is a very good starting motor.  It will often start with the first pull, but you need to make it a good one.  These take some effort on the pull, so you have to be prepared to give it a good tug.  Other motors I have that are very good starters are my breakerless Merc 200's.  74 & 75 vintage.  

Strangely, with my 1972 200.  We have been recently doing the final work-up and putting some hours on it.  We had it out late last week, and though it is a bit hard starting cold, once it had warmed up, and after some fishing and restart, it was about 9" of rope pull to get it running.  Kevin took it out last night, and......no start.    [violin.gif]   Other than running fine a few days earlier, nothing.   I have some looking into this afternoon.  

Steve


Well, it turned out to be the module....  Glad I had a NOS one, but that was the last I had.  I may look for another one to put on the shelf.


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Re: Starts on a single pull...?

Postby krazy karl » Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:09 pm

My MK10 fires on the first pull but I can't get to the choke fast enough to keep it running.  Then It takes another 2 or 3 pulls to clear the temporary over rich condition.  Great running motor.
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Re: Starts on a single pull...?

Postby Bob » Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:22 pm

Both my Mark 20’s do that. Prime, choke and pull 12 inches.  Away I go.
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Re: Starts on a single pull...?

Postby TNT Teen » Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:29 pm

Its funny you talk about a Suzuki as starting on one pull.  A good friend of mine has a 10hp Suzuki, unknown year, its blue and white.  Starts first pull every time.

One time after some drinks, and talking about the Suzuki I gave him a challenge, prime the bulb, or choke it.  Can't do both see how it starts.  He opted for prime the bulb, 2 squeezes, started one pull.

This spring he claims it started in the shed after sitting a week or 2 with no line connected, but it was choked.  I didn't witness that one.

I regularly search the buy and sell sites for one of my own.  His runs great and has been indestructible.


Now my 2004 9.9 2 stroke, and 1988 20 both start one pull.  All my Mark's fire on the first usually, but running on the second or third.
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Re: Starts on a single pull...?

Postby chuckw » Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:33 am

One of the first times I ran my KG4, it started on the first pull. Took me totally by surprise.  Great running motor, but takes two or three pulls to start now. Still not bad.
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