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The starter rope won't move at all. Maybe the blade is stuck? It's been in storage for a year.

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You have to see if the cylinder is stuck. Pull the plug and try. Still no go? Maybe the recoil starter is stuck. Make sure the handle cutoff lever is functional and disengaging the brake at the motor. If so then unplug the spark plug (for safety) and then try turning the motor by moving the blade underneath. No? Take it to a shop your out of your league. If the motor is frozen and you are asking on this site you need a mechanic. Good luck.

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You may wish to take the starter unit to a small engine shop and pay them to wind on a new rope. :)

These are the considerations I've observed when looking over recoil starters - someone may have more detailed information on your model.

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