After trial and tribulations, I replaced the battery on the mower. I tried completely removing said battery, and hooking the charger to it, only to have the message “battery failure” pop up after 10 minutes of charging. I did that twice before bowing down to Murphy’s 1st law;
If anything can go wrong, it will.
$70 later, and the new battery in the mower cranked right up.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that after dicking with replacing the carb on the Mantis till, I could not get it started. The plug is getting wet, and I can see spark jump the plug gap when grounded to the cylinder head.
Fortunately, I got sidetracked on fixing the riding mower, so the Mantis still sits. I even am using non ethanol premix gasoline for that unit; nada. Not even a pop.
I guess I’ll have to mow now.
The okra came up, at least what I planted. Those seeds were years old, and pre-soaked in peroxide. Maybe unnecessary, but they have sprouted after the rains. Guess the rest should go into the ground now as well. I really wanted to use the Mantis to till the last garden before any planting there.
Also, plenty of weeds out there now.