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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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