I have a 9.9 Honda, and it started on the first pull of the year. Not hard to pull at all. You pull the choke out, put the throttle to idle, and pull it once. This is my second year with this motor. So far I am impressed. I got the manual start honda since you can start it without a battery, but it has an alternator on it, so if I drain my main batteries, I can fire it up and charge them enough to get the maim motor starter, although this may take a while since I think it is rated at 6amps.