In the course of a workshop clear out I came acreoss this stand alone recoil starter that last saw the light of day in the late 70s!
From memory it was bolted to the engine platform of a small cylinder mower, possiblly a Greens, next to a JAP 2-stroke. Regrettably the mower was scrapped.
That is an interesting find I have never seen anything like that before, it looks as though it may have been a bolt on accessory for mowers that used a starting handle.
It appears as though pushing the button on the front face would engage the dogs into the engine before pulling the recoil.
Yes, push to engage! Also the "dog" on the other end is spring loaded. Fairly certain that I have the female dog that was fixed to the JAP flywheel. No id on it at all, not even any casting numbers. Quite possible that it was a "third party" accessory - remember seeing a kit to enable a verticle shaft mower engine to be cranked by an electric drill!
Was sorting out some old parts books this afternoon - you know the scene, all going well until you sit down and start flicking through one! - and this is what I found
Similar but not the same as the images that I posted - may be a later development as it appears to have automatic engagement of the pawls rather than the push button.arrangement.