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Ariens 8hp Formula rototiller with tecumseh engine- will not start.. have checked spark plug... gas was drained last fall. troubleshooting tips please

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Well you should really cheek your spark to see if you are getting spark by using a screw driver in the spark plug agents the metal and see if their is an arc from the points

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