Forecasters were warning of some nasty weather so I finally got around to pulling out the snow tires and my old Wheel Horse 414 with the snow blade attached from last year. All went well til I tried starting the old Horse, it wouldn't fire up unless I kept spraying gum cutter through the carb, uhmm. Since my Husqvarna Rider is my summer ride, I depend on the Wheel Horse to plow the stone driveways and sometimes the street out front.
Since it wouldn't stay running, I thought just get it out of the shed and tow it to the house. Well the wicked cold wind turned the Horse into a steel block about 200 feet from where I needed it to be. I suspected that the fuel pump or lines had frozen moisture in it and that kept it from running. I had no four wheel drive available and snow arrived so my front wheel drive vehicles weren't going to do the job - what to do??
Well yesterday and today I ran through a bunch of scenerios to move it - from calling a tow truck to eyeing up all the toys at Tractor Supply. All costly.
Then it struck me, why don't I take a pan of hot coals and place it under the engine and cover it with a canvas tarp for about ten minutes. Gave it a squirt of gum cutter and it fired right up. Moral of the story, never underestimate the many uses of anthracite coal.
To all, have a Merry Christmas!!