Yep, I'm posting about something so mundane that folks will give an eternal sigh.
I've had some anxiety about this. Yet, I finally succumbed to the pressure of the Joneses. They were out there mowing every day and my grass was really getting high, maybe a foot in places. Then they know I have all this technology tucked in my garage, Husqvarana 48 inch deck, twin cylinders with 24 horsepower.
My great fear was will the mower start, is the battery dead, does the tank have gas, and are the tires flat. It's that first time mowing jitters.
I jumped on the tractor, stuck in the key, put my foot on the brake/clutch, and gave the key a twist. The thing cranked very well but it didn't start. I went to full choke, cranked again, nope. Then I backed off the choke to a lower setting, nope. Rested for a second and tried again, Yaye, she started. Then I jumped off to open the garage door. Didn't want to die from carbon monoxide. Went to restart and it was again hesitant, then started again and then a loud backfire but she kept running.
Put her in gear and took off. Still a little worried about gas but what the heck. If it stops I'll run down to the station. As it turned out she mowed quite well and ran great. I was going full speed around the yard. It was getting dark so I turned on the headlights to show everyone I had a big boy tractor.
Didn't take long to mow and, of course quite satisfying.
Another cool thing is last year I bought a cordless weed trimmer. After I quit mowing I thought I would grab it off the pegs and see if it had some juice. It did! Even after a long winter. What a blessing that was. Love that thing, no gas, no endless tugging, no oil, just pull the trigger and go.