Yesterday we got around 1" of snow which normally we wouldn't bother with but lately we have been tinkering with the walk behinds and of course curious me is persistent and wanted to get one plowing snow. We have the Bolens Power Ho that dad had purchased from member Bruce Dorsi. It ran great when we bought it. Only problem is, it has probably been about two years since it has been run and of course we never turned the gas off.
You would think we would know better but only way to learn is to punish yourself sometimes LOL. After making too many attempts to honestly admit at getting it started I finally broke down to start tearing in to it. Pulled the grill and hood off of it and checked for spark and we were definitely good there. Pulled the fuel bowl and cleaned that out and the smell of the gas was of course horrible and old smelling. Put everything back together and it still wouldn't fire. I managed to get the main jet to move and managed to get it to pop off on every pull but it wouldn't stay running.
Got to checking the throttle cable and it wasn't moving the throttle plate on the carb. I remembered the one on the Western Auto Wizard was sticky and I grabbed the linkage by hand and after moving it a couple of times it loosened right up and moved with the throttle cable. I had to back out the main jet another half turn and it fired off. I am thinking the gas gummed up a little at the main jet causing the issues with not starting. Once it was running I adjusted the main jet lean till it started sputtering and backed it out a 1/4 turned and it seemed to run really well.
It almost fires off way too fast. When you wrap the rope and go to pull, by the time the rope is a 1/4 pulled and the engine makes one rotation it is already firing. We adjusted the shoes on the snow blade for the blacktop driveway and off we went. Attached are pictures of our plowing fun.
Only downside is when I went to make the last pass with the Bolens Power Ho for the night I pushed the remnants of the pass to the side of the driveway and I caught the lip of the grass edge. Before I could push the handle bars down to get the plow bade over or even think about releasing the drive engagement lever it stalled the engine. I pulled it out into the open and wrapped the roped around it again and noticed the engine wasn't budging. Here it ripped the drive belt.
My question is this: I know you don't want much slippage but shouldn't the belt have slipped enough to not have torn? We are new to the walk behinds so there is a good chance it is operator error and that I should have been more attentive with the drive engagement.