Sure enough runs fine with a battery and seems to be charging at the battery as well.
I put it to good use with no ill effects today. I guess I need to make 110% sure the regulator I took off was bad. Might have a spare... might have only been a shorted battery the whole time. If so, I will be even more confused on what happened to the battery.
Wasn't starting without gas poured in the carb cause the choke indeed was not working. The little piece that operates it broke off and you can never feel the difference the way it is made. Flip it with my finger and it starts right up.
It does seem to struggle a little bit with starting the blades though.
Might be nothing. I'll put some more warm up hours on it and see how it does.
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"The bitterness of poor quality lingers on long after the sweetness of cheap price is forgotten"