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The pull gets stuck halfway up. Feels like it's tangled inside where the cord retracts. Is that possible?

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It's possible it could be tangled, but more than likely you just need to oil the drive shaft. Dirt and debris and grass can get caught up in there and keep the shaft from spinning and the blade from turning.

If you turn your mower over and apply some oil or WD-40 on the shaft where it disappears into the body of the mower, then spin the blade (carefully!) and shoot some more oil in, the blade should begin to turn easier, and that should take care of your problem.

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