In Reply to: cold weather posted by David on December 29, 2018 at 13:05:55:
Each tractor seems to have its own personality and therefore its own preferred method of starting. My old 850 (I learned after much trial and error) liked to have the throttle lever at about 1/2 way and little intermittent tugs on the choke knob.
One thing you can do to help is push the clutch in. Even with the transmission in neutral, the mainshaft will be turning in that cold, thick trans oil if you don't. That's just increased drag on the starter motor. I used to keep the clutch depressed until the engine had been idling for at least a couple of minutes, then I'd let it up slowly. You could hear the engine respond to the increased load when the clutch was let up. Then I'd let it idle a few more minutes to get the trans oil warmed up a little before starting out.