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I was recently gifted a John Deere X500 that had not been started this year. Service history has been great, professionally serviced. Battery was dead so it would not start.
The transmission was disengaged so the mower could be delivered, but I re-engaged it and now the mower does not move when pushed (hydrostatic system).
Oil levels are fine and I added some gas to the tank; I am fairly certain there was still some older fuel in the tank.
I attached the mower's battery to my car battery for a boost per the manual.
I engaged the parking brake and locked it in place. Fast throttle, choke all the way open, turned the key. Engine starts for a few seconds and is puffing out exhaust smoke, but then dies. After that I am not able to get much more than some initial catching and little combusted gas fumes.
What should I be investigating next?

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Fast throttle, choke all the way open, turned the key. Engine starts for a few seconds and is puffing out exhaust smoke, but then dies. After that I am not able to get much more than some initial catching and little combusted gas fumes.
What should I be investigating next?
I had to drain my tank and put new fuel in mine this year. It was doing something similar. I also had to blow out the fuel line, something was clogging it a little bit.

New gas and a clear line made mine run fine. My tank has some old gas in it, and I filled it with new gas. It still was too dirty (maybe too much water too from condensation)
 

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I your using gas with ethanol in it your going to have problems after it sits. It's not nice on fuel systems. You may have to pull the line to the carb and see how the flow is to start.
 

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