How To Replace Pull Cord On Stihl Hedge Trimmer

If you’re like most homeowners, you probably dread having to take your stihl hedge trimmer out of storage each time you need to use it. Unfortunately, the pull cord can often become tangled up, making it difficult and frustrating to use. In this article, we’ll show you how to replace the pull cord on your stihl hedge trimmer in just a few easy steps.

Unplug hedge trimmer

If the hedge trimmer has a pull cord, unplug it from the power source and remove the blade.


If the hedge trimmer does not have a pull cord, remove the battery cap and unscrew the motor cover. Remove the motor. If there is a gearbox, remove it by turning it anti-clockwise. If there is no gearbox, remove the two screws that hold the motor housing to the frame.


Check that all of the gears and shafts are well-greased and reattach any parts that were removed. Replace the blade if necessary.


Replace the motor cover and screw it in place. Reinstall the battery cap and screw it in place. Replace the blade if necessary. Plug in your hedge trimmer and turn on power supply.

Remove three screws on top of the motor cover

Remove the motor cover

Remove two screws on the side of the trimmer

Pull cord out of the housing

Replace pull cord

Remove motor cover

  1. Remove the two screws that hold the motor cover in place.
  2. Carefully lift off the motor cover.
  3. Disconnect the plug from the power supply.
  4. Remove the three wires that connect to the motor.
  5. Lift out the motor.
  6. Clean and replace the motor if necessary.
  7. Reattach the motor cover, screwing it in place gently so that it’s flush with the body of the hedge trimmer.
  8. Reconnect the plug to the power supply and test the hedge trimmer by turning it on.

Remove two screws on the side of the trimmer

  1. Park the trimmer on a firm, level surface.
  2. Ensure the battery is fully charged before starting.
  3. Open the cover to the side of the trimmer.
  4. Remove two screws.
  5. Lift the cover clear of the trimmer body and set it aside.
  6. Inspect the pull cord and replace if necessary.
  7. Replace screws and reattach cover to trimmer body

Lift the cord up and out of the trimmer

  1. Open the upper cover on the trimmer.
  2. Remove the two holding screws that secure the pull cord and remove the cord from the trimmer.
  3. Position the pull cord over the center spindle on the shaft, making sure it is seated in the groove on top of the spindle.
  4. Replace the holding screws and tighten them using a screwdriver.
  5. Position the upper cover back on to the trimmer and close the upper cover.



If your pull cord on your stihl hedge trimmer is broken or frayed, it’s time to replace it. Here are instructions on how to do just that:

1) Remove the carburetor plate by unscrewing the four screws at the top and pulling it off.

2) On the bottom of the engine, there will be a cable connected to a spring-loaded handle. Unclip the cable from the handle and set it aside.

3) Lift up on the uppermost part of the engine cover – this is where you’ll find two Phillips head screws (one in front, one in back). Once these screws are removed, lift off the cover.

4) Underneath this cover is a wire mesh guard that covers two spindles. Carefully unscrew these spindles using a wrench or pliers so that they can be removed.

5) Access to the pull cord is now available – remove it by unhooking it from its bracket and pulling outwards until it comes free from its housing. Make sure not to lose any of its components – they include both ends of the cord as well as some springs.


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