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Hope I didn't do any damage to the engine running it so rich for at least several minutes. I simply forgot about turning it to run instead of the full choke position...first time I used it. Careless mistake so hope that no serious harm was done. I had wondered why I wasn't getting more throttle! I'd say at the most I used it for 10 minutes that way - at full throttle position too.
 

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You should be fine. At most it might foul the spark plug some, but I doubt it's a problem. If it suddenly doesn't want to run, you could pull the spark plug and clean it, but I doubt it would come to that.
 

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My bad...starving the poor thing for air! Thanks for the prompt reply. I ran it again about 20 minutes later after done blowing - seemed fine. Just hate to have done something wrong the first time I used it!
 

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Well, if you're too concerned about it, lemme know. I'll trade ya my ol.... I mean, *well-tested* Ariens, which has never been run in that terrible manner! And I'll get that poor abused machine out of your way :)

Enjoy it!
 

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No worries - you didn't hurt anything. Running with the choke on just causes the engine to run very rich which will waste some gas, but that's about it. As RedOctobyr said, if it ran rich long enough, it could possibly foul the plug, but that's minor and not very likely.
 

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Well, if you're too concerned about it, lemme know. I'll trade ya my ol.... I mean, *well-tested* Ariens, which has never been run in that terrible manner! And I'll get that poor abused machine out of your way :)

Enjoy it!
LOL...hey...how about this...I'll trade your well-tested machine for my '68 Bolens (Ariens 10,000 series)...50 years old and still runs!
 

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i do it all the time with my machine since it don't have a throttle but if you turn the choke on it idles low enough to have a conversation with someone. still seems to be running pretty good.
 
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