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Isn't that bad at 24* F this morning. Three pulls and we were off and away. I was talking with someone about how I didn't like the batteries and such of the electric start and how I prefer the K.I.S.S. principle. They mentioned when it was cold it's a different story... well I had to find out!

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I was thinking... if it gets much colder than this morning, there is nothing outside that I need to use a Gravely for! I know it's not that cold for some of you but I do live in eastern North Carolina where I can be like that! I can see where it is 0* and you NEED to move snow, etc... I'll wait a day or two and it will be warm again here.
 

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I agree. KISS. It was 19* here at 5AM when I went out before work. 1 pull and she started. I was done in less than 10 minutes and got in my car and went off to work.
I will never own an electric start gravely.
 

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I've had generally good luck with strap-start models in winter, provided I keep them tuned. With a properly set up machine, it generally takes 1 pull with full choke, followed by 1-2 pulls with the choke backed off a bit.

A machine which is marginal is a different story.
 

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When I lived in Chicago I tried to start my 816 when the garage was -25. Applied full choke and hit the switch and it fired right up. I did not have a battery charger on the battery either so the battery was at greatly reduced capacity. That engine still continues to start and run no matter what the weather is like.
 

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I have been flowing this thread and last night it was 14.7 degrees out so I went out to my shop and my 1963 LI started up on first pull.
 

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Started my Li this morning in Southern Maine with a pull strap. Took three pulls. It was 11*F outside. The Li is garaged and the temp in there was 20*. This tractor has also always been a one pull tractor. I was a little disappointed at three pulls but still glad she ran. Also it had been about a month since she had been started so go figure! The design is remarkably simple and reliable but not for the faint of heart! I will be using this for a snow blower until I can get my 5260 back together.

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That would fall into the "It's too cold for me" category. It was 14* here this morning and I didn't feel like coming out at all.
 
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