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Old 12-11-2013, 06:20 PM   #15
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Can't remember details, but I've heard of a wind up spring starter that might do the job.
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Old 12-12-2013, 12:22 AM   #16
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You know, I'd thought of that but in the heat of the tropics those rubber bands would perish really fast!

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I think it's a steel spring - like an old wind up clock but much bigger.
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Old 12-13-2013, 10:38 AM   #18
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What about one of these!
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Thanks for the find, Steve. It is called a Sprinstarter and seems just the thing that the original poster was interested in. They make one for my boat's engine (Cummins 5.9L B series) so I sent them an email requesting a quote. Haven't heard back.

We don't have a "spare" starter motor and among all the other budget items, that spare was one of the things we were planning on buying in 2014. Therefore, having a Springstarter could be our "spare" instead of the actual starter spare if the Springstarter is reasonably priced, etc.

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I assume that the Springstarter is not fitted permanently but that you would remove your starter motor and fit one of these? Can't imagine that is what work and lifeboats do, I would have thought they would have them fitted all the time as a backup?
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I assume that the Springstarter is not fitted permanently but that you would remove your starter motor and fit one of these? Can't imagine that is what work and lifeboats do, I would have thought they would have them fitted all the time as a backup?
Not really sure about it. They haven't gotten back in touch with me yet. Seem a bit slow or uninterested in my application. Our starter is really easy to get at and replace quickly. It's about the only thing on the engine that is super, super easy access. For us, a spare starter or this would be equiv. In most applications like lifeboat or pumping stations, I believe they are saying the Springstarter is the only/primary starter. That makes sense as it should be easy to keep the mechanical energy wound up in the Springstarter whereas a battery would slowly bleed off.
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With an cheap ebay China starter at $100 (USD) I would just buy one and trust that a couple of your many batteries would hold a solar/wind charge. You also need 12v to trip the shutdown solenoid and the glow plugs (especially if it's cold).

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[QUOTE= You also need 12v to trip the shutdown solenoid and the glow plugs (especially if it's cold).

Mike[/QUOTE]

My Westerbeke has a mechanical - morse cable type shut down. It could theoretically run without electricity if pre-heat wasn't needed.
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