Oh man. Had never, until I was behind an apart. complex, long way away from my truck, and no tools (to speak of) with me. Had to use a nickle and a 1/2" wrench (or a penny and a 7/16 something like that) Overcome adapt and improvise!
Does the rope seem alot "cheaper" these days? I now it didn't take too long to break on this eXmark, but I've had alot older equip. that has yet to break. Seems too small a diameter. (I changed mine to a heavier one as soon as could)
Helpful hints: First, on all larger four stroke equipment, take out the slack till you feel the compression, then recoil & give a firm pull. Second, on two stroke equipment, use appropriate primers and chokes along w/ quick short pulls to start. Thirdly and most importantly, check all pull ropes regularly for fraying and replace when noticed.