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should blower start with the recoil even if the electric starter is bad?

Im picking up a craftsman 28 inch ez steer snow blower with a 9hp tecumseh engine on it. Its about 3-4 years old and only used maybe 6 times then put up. So its been sitting unused for awhile and has an issue with the electric starter it hums but will not try to engage to try starting the engine. Should I still be able to use the recoil start to get it started? It tries to start but wont. Im pretty sure the carb needs cleaned from sitting. But really I just wanted to know if it should run even if the electric starter is faulty or stuck?

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Yes, it should start just fine with recoil start. It sounds like the carb is gummed up from sitting. A good cleaning should get it to start in 1-2 pulls with the recoil starter.
Is the starter motor spinning, or just making a humming noise?

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It sounded to me like it was just humming its possible something was spinning. I dont have the blower yet to see if it was actually trying to spin or not. I just know it wasnt trying to turn the engine over. I have seen a video though showing that there is a gear and a spring that may need to be lubed due to being stuck. I really just wanted to make sure id at least be able to use the recoil starter until I get the electric one fixed.
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You're going to need to take the starter off and lube the bendix drive and the shaft as well. Tecumseh starters like to stick and it doesn't take much for them to do it.
As to the carb, worst case scenario is total replacement. I bought a replacement carb from ebayyyy for around $20.

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Be sure to go over that blower and get it ready. Make sure the augers are free on the shafts, belts, etc. See if they have the owner's manual and follow the maintenance procedures outlined in it.

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Thanks for the info guys. Yeah I know I can get the carbs cheap off of ebay its just a matter of figuring out which one I need. I dont mind messing with this thing a bit to get it running again as the guy used it 4-6 times one winter. Then tried it again the following winter couldnt start it so it got stuck in a corner. Its basically brand new and I got a very good deal on it. So a little bit of time cleaning the carb up and going over things changing the oil and what not is no big deal.
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Just be sure that the engine isn't seized somehow. If the recoil pulls it over fine, but it doesn't quite start you should be fine. If you can't pull that either you might have bigger issues.

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It turns over fine with the recoil and has compression its just not getting any gas so it wont start. Ive messed with the engines on mowers and generators enough to know its most likely just the carb. So im not worried about that.
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