How to Replace Pull Cord on Stihl Hedge Trimmer

Are you having trouble with your hedge trimmer’s pull cord? It can be really frustrating when something goes wrong with your equipment but don’t worry, this blog post is here to help!

In this blog post, we are going to show you how to replace the pull cord on your Stihl hedge trimmer. This is a relatively easy task that can be completed in just a few minutes. Be sure to read through the instructions carefully before beginning, and always use caution when working with tools. Let’s get started!

The Importance of Changing Your Hedge Trimmer’s Pull Cord

The pull cord on your hedge trimmer is essential for starting the engine. Without it, your trimmer is nothing more than a paperweight. Over time, the pull cord will start to fray and wear out. Eventually, it will snap. When that happens, you’ll need to replace it. Changing your hedge trimmer pull cord is important for a number of reasons.

  • First, it ensures that your trimmer will start when you need it.
  • Second, it keeps you safe. A frayed or damaged pull cord can break while you’re using the trimmer, which can lead to serious injury.
  • Finally, replacing the pull cord is a lot cheaper than buying a new hedge trimmer!

Replacing the Pull Cord on Stihl Hedge Trimmer | Step-by-step Guide

Tools You’ll Need

Before you begin, you’ll need to gather a few tools. You’ll need:

  • A pair of pliers
  • A screwdriver
  • A new pull cord.

You might also need a knife if the old cord is particularly difficult to remove.

Assuming that you have all of the necessary tools, you’ll have to follow the instructions below to replace it:

Step 1:

Disconnect the spark plug wire from the spark plug. This will prevent the engine from starting accidentally while you’re working on it.

Step 2:

Remove the housing cover from the engine. This will give you access to the pull cord mechanism.

Step 3:

Unwind any remaining old pull cord from around the pulley system. Pay attention to how the cord is wound so you can wind the new cord in the same way. 

Tip: It can be helpful to take a photo of this step so you have a reference when winding the new cord later on. 

Note: Some models may have a retaining clip that needs to be removed before unwinding the old cord. Consult your owner’s manual for more information specific to your model. 

Step 4:

Cut off any frayed or damaged sections of the new pull cord using scissors or a utility knife. Make sure both ends of the new cord are clean and free of any jagged edges. 

Note: If your model has a retaining clip, make sure to reattach it at this point. 

Step 5:

Thread one end of the new cord through the hole in the recoil starter housing cover and tie a knot to secure it in place. 

Step 6:

Start winding the new cord around the pulley system in the same direction as indicated in your photo from Step 3 (or according to your model’s specific instructions). Wrap the cord around 2-3 times and then pass it through the slot in the recoil spring guide (located next to the pulley). Continue winding until all of the new cord has been used up. 

Step 7:

Pull on the end of the new cord sticking out of the slot in the recoil spring guide until you feel resistance—this means that the new cord is seated correctly in the guide loop (Don’t worry if there’s some slack in the new cord—this is normal). 

Step 8:

At this point, you can reattach the housing cover and reconnect the spark plug wire. You’re now ready to use your hedge trimmer again!

And that’s it! You’ve now successfully replaced the pull cord on your Stihl Hedge Trimmer. 

Some Important Safety Precautions to Keep in Mind

Now that you know how to replace the pull cord on your Stihl hedge trimmer, it’s important to review some basic safety precautions to keep in mind:

  1. Never use the trimmer without the spark plug wire connected.
  2. Wear protective clothing, including gloves, and eye and ear protection.
  3. Be careful not to damage the trimmer’s cutting blade.
  4. Keep the trimmer away from children and pets.
  5. Never use the trimmer while standing on a ladder or other elevated surface.
  6. Always read the instruction manual before using the trimmer.
  7. If anything goes wrong while you’re using the trimmer, stop immediately and consult a professional.
  8. If you have any questions about how to replace the pull cord on your Stihl hedge trimmer, or if you need help troubleshooting, feel free to contact customer service for assistance.


  • Q: What should I do if the new cord won’t stay in place?
    A: If the new cord is slipping out of the recoil starter housing, try tying a second knot to secure it in place. You can also try taping the cord to the housing (using electrical or duct tape).
  • Q: The new cord is too short—what can I do?
    A: If the new cord is too short, you’ll need to buy a longer cord and start over. Be sure to measure the old cord before purchasing a new one so you know how long to get it.
  • Q: How can I prevent the cord from getting tangled again in the future?
    A: After each use, be sure to carefully rewind the cord around the pulley system. If possible, try to avoid winding it too tightly, as this can put unnecessary strain on the cord and cause it to break more easily. You should also inspect the cord regularly for any damage or fraying and replace it if necessary.
  • Q: I can’t get the old cord out—what should I do?
    A: If the old cord is stuck, you may need to use a utility knife or other sharp object to carefully cut it away. Be careful not to damage the pulley system in the process. If you’re having trouble, consult your instruction manual or customer service.

The Bottom Line

In conclusion, it’s important to know how to change the pull cord on your hedge trimmer because otherwise, you won’t be able to use it once the old cord wears out or breaks.

We hope this blog post has shown you how easy it is to change a pull cord yourself with just a few basic tools. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this process or if you need help finding replacement parts for your hedge trimmer. Thanks for reading!