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02-07-2008 02:57 AM  10 years agoPost 1
HammerTm2

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I have a Predator 90 and I got the Finer Edge Makita Adaptor and the 18v battery, this combo is a powerhouse and turns the 90 over with ease. I have a Sullivan Dynatron and High Torque starters. I cannot get a starter want to keep from slipping on the starter shaft. I have used the Mavrikk and the K&S wands, both seem to be just a little to big in the shaft bore to get a good clamp. My question is, does the Sullivan Starting wand fit securely on the starter shaft and not slip. I am about ready to go back to the rubber cup method. Please advise a good Starter Wand for my Sullivan Starters

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02-07-2008 04:23 AM  10 years agoPost 2
S76 Mech

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Hatboro, Pa.

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I know how you feel with the tips rounding off so easily. I have been through plenty of starter wands in the past. I bought this Sullivan Starter Wand recently and its probably one of the best I have ever used. Unscrews easily for storage and has ball bearings that shouldn't lockup like the cheapy one-way bearing'd ones (KSJ/helimax/etc). Heres where you can get em!

http://www.ronlund.com/Merchant2/me...uct_Code=SUL613

Although I have never owned one, my buddies old Robbe starter wand started everything at the field with no problems. Even with stripped out starter adapters, this thing still spun em.

http://www.ronlund.com/Merchant2/me...duct_Code=S1387

IMHO these are two of the nicest wands that I have personally come across and used. Price is steap, but you get what you pay for!

Hope this helps!

Gaui Greatness X7, X5, NX4, X3

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02-07-2008 04:24 AM  10 years agoPost 3
S76 Mech

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PS: And Yes, the Sullivan wand does fit very securely on the starter shaft and doesn't slip.

Gaui Greatness X7, X5, NX4, X3

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02-07-2008 12:20 PM  10 years agoPost 4
HammerTm2

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Thanks S76 Mech
If the Sullivan Starter wand fits tight in the shaft then i think i will order one. For some reason the Mavrikk and K&S just dont clamp as good as they should on the Sullivan Starters, they did work well on my Hobbico. Thanks for the info, HammerTm2

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02-07-2008 01:07 PM  10 years agoPost 5
frebou

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I may be wrong (correct me if I am) But I thought I remember my sullivan starter screw to the shaft... being impossible to slip..?

Anyway, I have the "old" version of the shaft (not the beefed up version) and never had a problem starting my YS91, cold or hot weather.

I had the issue with the old shaft tip stripping after about a month but Sullivan sent me a replacement one free and never had any problem after that (2+ years) The tip still looks new.

Excellent product, I make it try to everybody at the field who are still using their wobbling rubber cup just to see their face

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02-07-2008 03:22 PM  10 years agoPost 6
HammerTm2

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Thanks frebou
I am going to junk my Mavrikk and K&S wands and i am going to order the Sullivan today. Thanks for all the input.

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02-07-2008 06:40 PM  10 years agoPost 7
S76 Mech

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No, it doesn't screw on, it clamps on and is tightened with 2 set screws, be sure not to overtighten them as they will strip out.

Gaui Greatness X7, X5, NX4, X3

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02-07-2008 07:02 PM  10 years agoPost 8
billrad

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Rineyville, KY

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I found that I needed to drill a small hole in the dynatron shaft and use a steel pin, with a KSJ starter wand.

I used a drill press, and took my time drilling the hole. You wouldn't believe how soft the motor shaft is on a dynatron. If you drop it on the cup, I guarantee it will bend. It is really soft, which surprised me.

Anyway, it works like a charm. I use the finer edge adapter and 18v makita battery.

billrad

I may not be able to turn a kit into a plane, but I can turn a plane into a kit...

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