I was running behind when I finally went to use the mower...but the old battery was beyond bad. Even jump started mower would only run a few minutes before the voltage dropped; I'm guessing the battery was internally shorted so was overwhelming the generator on the mower. And I didn't think to try w/o the battery; I bet it would've stayed running once started. Anyway, took a couple weeks before I got a working battery (it takes a small size one I couldn't find locally in stock).
!@%$%...Friday afternoon I saw a dump truck coming at me on Kennedy Drive on the big curves and it was leaning to one side and tires bulging going way to fast. Gravel was spilling out from under the bed cover, I was surprised my windshield survived. Except it only "survived" for a couple hours, got back in the car after I was home for a few hours and the crack had popped!
This spot I won't fully mow until later this summer. I did just make one mow trail in and out for now.
At least the mower when it runs can chew through this hayfield! High blade speed for the win!