Re: Wisconsin AKN Starting Problem
My AKND (same as AKN but heavy duty) has a Marvel-Schebler carburetor on it and according to the manual the high speed needle valve should be set between 3/4 and 1-1/4 turns out. If you have it too rich or lean it may not be starting well.
After I have mine running I put the generator under full load and adjust until it runs smooth, but about a turn out is a good starting point after a carb rebuild.
Is your choke working properly? Mine has a loose choke shaft so the choke spring detent thing sometimes causes the choke to open the moment I pull the start cord. It basically won't start for me without the choke when it's cold, it's kinda awkward, but I'm able to hold the choke closed while I pull the cord.
I use the generator all the time, it's a fantastic machine and I never have issues with it. My general starting procedure is open the fuel valve, close the choke, turn the engine over by hand 4 or 5 times to prime it, then give it a rip. Almost always starts up on the first try, always on the second. Except the one time it was sitting all night at -25F, it took 3 or 4 pulls...
Also try to avoid using starting fluid, you probably won't hurt a low compression flathead with the stuff, but it's really bad for any engine.