And I bought it this summer when my beloved B&D rechargeable electric died. I hate gas engines. Anyway, the directions are to poke the little rubber button 3-5 times to prime it, depress the "go" bar at the top of the handle, and pull the cord. Last time I used it--it's been several weeks since the grass wasn't growing--it started fine. Now it roars into life and immediatly dies. So, anyone can tell me what to do next?? I tried talking mean and kicking it, but that didn't do much good. :stars: And, yes, it does have gas.