Toomanytoys84 - With no battery charger hooked up, key in run position, I did arc the solenoid posts and the engine turned over without any issue. I cleaned the grounds at the solenoid and battery cables before this issue came about. Not exactly sure if I need to do them again or if there is someplace else I need to be working.
HDWildBill - The battery was brand new late this past fall and it was on a float charger most all spring. I did test it again on the multi-meter and it tests out at 12.30 volts. Will check it out at an auto parts store just to be safe regarding live/dead cells.
New Problem - "No spark" - After jumping the starter at the solenoid, I now have no issues with the starting motor cranking at the key switch. Its almost as if the starter was "stuck," but I don't know. However, I no longer have any spark whatsoever getting to the spark plug. I used my spark tester and nothing. I put the spark plug in another mower and it fired without issue, thus believing I can eliminate a bad plug.
I feel like a dog/cat chasing my tail at this point.
Edited by alsparl, July 04, 2014 - 12:14 PM.