Rudi wrote:1 second of forgetfulness can lead to unexpected results.
I have a practice that I adhere to when ever using any of my hand start tractors. Each time I park the tractors I put the tractor in neutral, set the brakes, get off the tractor and turn off the gas and let it run until it runs out of gas and dies. I do this every time, no if ands or buts. Before starting, I turn on the gas, set the spark (if applicable) and throttle, check to make sure the tractor is in neutral and brakes are still set, choke it and crank it over.
One time while backing my '29 Regular into the shop and it quit. It ran out of gas but I knew it might because the tank was nearly empty. Backing it up the slight grade into the shop was enough to move the little bit of gas in the tank to the front and away from the tank outlet, starving the tractor causing it to quit. I jumped off, grabbed the gas can and poured in a gallon or so (I don't keep much gas in tractors that I don't use much) so I could get it in the shop. I set the spark and throttle, engaged the crank and gave it a whirl. She fired right up for just a couple of revolutions but I had left it in reverse when it died and it took off towards the back wall of the shop. Fortunately it only fired a few times and died again which is unusual because she runs pretty good. Anyway, it scared me to death and I felt totally hopeless as the tractor started taking off. My routine was broken when the tractor died and I didn't check to make sure that the tractor was in neutral before starting. I slipped up this time and almost paid a price for it.
Be careful out there!!