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Did you check the gap between the magnet on the flywheel an mag? Unplug the stop wire an see how that works. Sometimes the switch is bad. Are the magnets on the flywheel, did you set the gap on the flywheel to mag correctly? Did you do the simple thing an change the plug they go bad more than anything else.
Sounds like you have a bad coil. You can try cleaning the rust and stuff off the magnet on your flywheel and see if it will start then and if not then your gonna have to buy another coil they shouldn't be to much.
You need a special tester to test a coil off of the engine. If you take iit to a small engine shop they can test it for you. You can test it on the engine. First clean the surface of the coil where it mounts to the engine. Reinstall the coil. Do not install the kill wire to the coil. Install a inline spark tester and crank engine if you still don't have any spark the coil is bad.
check what they call air gap between the coil and flywheel .010-.012 gap
also be sure your flywheel is in time.
you will actually have to remove it to do this and check for the sheared key or be sure the key way aligns with the crankshaft keyway on the flywheel
There are only 4 parts to the 2-stroke Mantis ignition system: the spark plug, the "kill button", the flywheel with embedded magnets, and the coil with integral plug wire. There are no "points" to clean or refurbish. If you've tried a new spark plug, unplugged the wire leading up the handlebars, and the magnets on the side of the flywheel are strong enough to attract a screw driver blade, then it must be a bad coil. That's all it could be. End of story.
Cruising the internet I see where these Echo coils go bad all the time. You can order the coil, but if the machine hasn't run in several years the carb will also need cleaning. So one thing leads to another. The gear box grease also needs replacing each year. What I'm trying to tell you is these are disposable tillers and due to length of time, incomplete care/ storage, ....whatever, this one's time is up.
There is a magnet on the above the flywheel that creates spark. It is called the armature. This will allow you to get spark as long as your flywheel is good, but this is the most common cause besides electric start system
Yes 265 hours is alot of hours on any piece of lawn equipment. If you just think about how long it takes you to mow your lawn and times that by 2 and then times that by 12 you really have not used it that much. But that doesnt mean that the tiller isnt any good, just make sure that the person took care of it. Basically, oil changed, not left out in the weather, spark plugs fins kept clean things like that.,