Well, replaced the coil and it seems to start fine after mowing with it for a while and shutting it off. I'll give it back to the groundskeeper and see what he says. We are trying to get him a new unit. One with a floating deck so he can adjust it a lot easier. This one needs the blades shimmed at the spindles. PITA!
I was looking at the Scag and Exmark. The scag is hydro and has the setup where you just turn or push/pull the handle bar to go forward or back or turn. Also got prices on Toro and John Deere.
Thanks for the help guys.