Starts easily and runs with low noise and vibration. An electric starter is optional and it is NOT included in this kit. So far there is no indication that it will need one. Just put fresh gas and prime it. It will start immediately.
Following the instructions to start I find that it takes at least 40 pulls to get this thing to run. Once it starts it wants to die. If I hold the switch that you use to start in the start position as opposed to letting it go to run I get full power if I let it run I get less power and it quits after running for a while. I need to check the return policy as I have owned it for less than 30 days. When it runs it is powerful, probably just needs an adjustment but being brand new I hate to waste my time getting it serviced.
GREAT LEAF BLOWER BUT IF YOU BOUGHT IT TO GET THE $100 IN POINTS AS I DID ,FORGET IT.CONTACTED SHOP YOUR WAY ,STILL NO POINTS.ALWAYS HAVE TO FIGHT FOR POINTS WHEN ORDERING FROM SEARS