This article covers the soft fixes you can perform if your petrol rotavator has starting issues.

Before starting the engine, it is imperative you have read and understood the manual, failure to do so could result in damage to the machine, injury to the user and could invalidate the warranty. It is important you understand the nature of the machine and its usage, taking in to account all safety information, including PPE, and use in confined spaces, care should be taken with petrol machines as petrol is highly flammable.

  1. Check and confirm the rotavator has the correct amount of SAE30 oil by checking the oil level is between the minimum and maximum marks on the dipstick.
  2. Make sure that there is plenty of petrol in the tank. We recommend using unleaded petrol that is no older than 30 days.
  3. If the engine is cold, set the throttle handle to choke, if the engine is warm set to maximum rotational speed (rabbit symbol on the HST1003A).
  4. Slowly pull the starter until the starter engages and then pull firmly.
  5. Once the motor has started, set the desired motor speed using the throttle.
  6. To stop the engine set the throttle to 'stop'.
  • Pull the starter out no more than 50cm and slowly guide it back using your hand.