The Strikemaster Ice Auger is a handheld tool used to drill through iced-over lakes and other bodies of water so ice fishermen can fish. The Strikemaster uses a pointed spiral-shaped auger blade to drill down deep into the hard ice. It has a two-cycle gas powered engine manufactured by Tecumseh. The engine uses a pull-rope recoil starter system for starting. If the pull rope breaks or gets jammed, the recoil starter has to be removed in order to service it.
Remove the ice auger's spark plug wire with a pair of pliers.
Unscrew the screws holding the ice auger's starter cover with a screwdriver, then lift the starter cover off the top of the engine.
Pull on the starter rope lightly and cut the rope off just below the rubber handle.
Unwind the remaining starter rope from off the recoil starter assembly.
Insert a hole punch through the hole in the center of the assembly and tap out the center cap from the inside out with a rubber mallet.
Insert a roll pin punch through the center hole from the outside and tap it with the mallet to remove the roll pin inside the recoil starter case.
Lift the recoil spring assembly out by hand once the roll pin is removed.