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Have never used the lawnmower and the pull cord seems locked or stuck. I can't pull it at all. Is there a button or lever that needs to be pushed before intial use of machine?

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There is a brake lever that stops the motor and blade when it is released. This is usually parallel to the handle and would normally be squeezed against the handle when you operate the mower. When released, it is a safety mechanism to immediately stop the spinning blade. You have to squeeze that lever in order to start or run the mower. You can see that lever in the image at the top of your question. Good luck, Al K

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