As with most of the mid-west, southeast Michigan has been whacked with a bit of cold and snow to greet the new year.... the pic below is me having a blast in 12 degree weather and 20 mph winds pushing snow with my Deluxe Power-Ho. You wouldn't think that a 2-1/2 hp engine could put that much tractive effort to the ground, but it surely does.
About two weeks ago the weather was much more agreeable and I went out to the shed to see if the tractor would start, and it would not. Cleaned the plug, added fresh gas, and not a pop. Pulled the shroud and cleaned the magnets in the flywheel and the poles of the mag / transformer and still not a pop. After remembering the flywheel retaining nut is left-hand thread, I pulled the flywheel and the cover off the points, polished those with some 2000 grit carbide and it fired right off. The spark is still not a huge, big-as-blazes spark... has anyone ever sent their flywheel to a magneto specialist to have the magnets recharged ? I'm pretty sure the thing is running rich but am reluctant to fuss with the carb as it will start even in 12 degree weather without the aid of ether.
A while back I bought a reel mower attachment, though I don't know for sure if it was for a walk-behind, as the hitch mechanism was missing. I've taken the mower down to bare parts, rebuilt it, and am now fabricating the proper type of hitch, basing it on the hitch design of the snowplow. What I'd like to see is a few pics of the idler pulley mechanism for the reel as this was also missing. I'm pretty sure I can fabricate one, just need to see it to get my start.