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Simplicity 7116

George Drysdale

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I don't know if a dipstick heater would work or not.  

I have success starting my similar cast iron single cylinder Briggs engines in the winter by:

  • running 10-30 wt oil in them in all but the dead of summer
  • pushing in the clutch pedal to minimize mechanical load on the starter
  • preheating the carb and intake piping with a heat lamp

At one time I used heat tape wrapped around the carb & piping, but found the heat lamp easier to use.  

The tractors are kept in un-heated shed/garage, and the temperature is routinely below freezing, but probably not lower than 20 deg F.

And make sure your clutch pedal and hydro idler bracket move freely; if either sticks, although the engine will run, there won't be enough tension on the hydro drive belt to run the hydro pump.  

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