Converting a pull start to an electric start.. Where to start?


Forum Newbie
Jan 23, 2013
  • / Converting a pull start to an electric start.. Where to start?
Okay this sounds like it should be easy but I can't find anything about converting this specific motor. I bought an older 48" Kees walk behind that someone replaced the original motor with a 12.5 horse Kawasaki FB460v. I tore it down sanded and painted all the painted parts, and shined up the rest. The engine runs good, but it's kinda hard to pull start and I'd like to convert it to an electric start but have no clue where to begin. I've seen kits for other engines but none for mine so I assume ill have to custom fit a starter to the fly wheel some how, and also ill need a way to charge a battery. Any advice?


Well-Known Member
Nov 23, 2011
  • / Converting a pull start to an electric start.. Where to start?
I just did a quick search, and you're not the only one who's asked that question. The answers others got tend to lean towards tuning and checking the engine to make sure it's all up to snuff first, like valve adjustments and making sure the decompression system is working as it should.

You probably just have to figure out which variant of the FB460V had electric start, and go from there. Just a quick look at Kawasaki's small engine site, searching parts for the FB460V, the FB460V-S32 shows electric starter parts. Didn't look to see which other ones might have.
Here's a "race" version on a John Deere STX38.
Googling John Deere Kawasaki FB460V it looks like the 160, 165 series of lawn tractors, and maybe others had that engine, and were most likely electric start.

Snapper came up with the FB460V on walk behinds and riders too.

I've done it to a couple of much smaller engines, so to warn you, the cost to make the conversion might make your head spin when you get to adding it all up. Besides the starter motor, you might have to change out the flywheel, then there's all the electrical wiring and connections that are probably different, like charging coils, rectifiers and such.

Might check with Kawasaki to see what they recommend, and get a hold of a John Deere and Snapper dealers. Maybe they could give you some pointers too, and you might be able to locate the stuff you need from something being parted out like I did with the engines I converted.

Good luck with your conversion.
Last edited: