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Looking for a new hand-start diesel engine...

I have done some homework, but can't see anything definitive from the Volvo Penta MD1-13, I believe, or Yanmar. Anyone have any first hand experience with a hand-start diesel? I want to buy new...Thx in advance.
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Re: Looking for a new hand-start diesel engine...

Only a little experience. I used to sail on a small Herreshoff with a little hand start diesel. OK if the engine access is from the cockpit but a nuisance if you have to go below to access it. Imagine running below to crank the engine coming into a marina. Worse yet if it dies while you're entering a crowded area and you need to go below to restart. Of course, once running a diesel isn't as likely to stall out as a gas engine.
I can hand start my engine (atomic 4) if necessary but I wouldn't give up electric start unless there was some compelling reason to do so. The ability to do both is ideal.
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Re: Looking for a new hand-start diesel engine...

what you need is not specific engine but non-electric starter, There are several options available, like spring starters, or pneumatic starters.
Spring starters Simms, Lucas, CAV mechanical starter motors from Kineteco Home Page
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Re: Looking for a new hand-start diesel engine...

lister out of UK makes nice hand cranked diesels.
open the compression release.
Crank hard
then close the compression release.
Note: this really builds your arms up.......
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Re: Looking for a new hand-start diesel engine...

Thx, folks for the info...
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Re: Looking for a new hand-start diesel engine...

We've tried to hand-start our Yanmar 3GM. Haven't been able to get it going yet, but it's a great workout if you can fit in the space for it!
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Re: Looking for a new hand-start diesel engine...

having driven diesel trucks for a living.. I could not imagine handstarting a diesel... the high compression and heavy flywheel would really do wonders for upper body strength
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Re: Looking for a new hand-start diesel engine...

Actually, hand starting a diesel is not all that bad as long as the engine has an easy to reach cooling water intake seacock and easy to reach compression relief levers, The key is to close the cooling water intake, and open the compression relief valves. The engine is pretty easy to spin up to speed, and then flip the compression relief valves down one at a time. As soon as the engine fires, open the cooling water seacock. I have started a a Buhk and a Yanmar that way. The only problem in most cases is that most engines no longer come with cranks.

By the same token, I would not want that to be my primary way of starting my engine.

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