I just picked up my new machine this evening. Even tho it was 9:30pm when I got home, I couldn't resist firing it up. Since I've read so much about how difficult these are to start, I printed the MXA instructions from this web site and was very anal in the way I followed them. I didn't kick very hard at all and voila, she was talkin' to me! I wanted to shred my lawn at that moment! I hope that it is always this easy.