I’m in central Florida managing 5 acres with sporadic, invasive Brazilian cherry trees (Janka rating (hardness) 2350) along the fence line. Start up was surprisingly easy. Liked especially how they specified in the manual how much oil and gas the machine used (you would not believe other manufacturers). Loved the self feeding aspect of the machine. Draws the material in and not violently “yanking” it in creating a “whipping” effect for longer pieces. Start up was easy. Shutting down was easy, as well as restarting a warmed machine. Like another user mentioned, I wish the wheel base was wider with larger tires for towing. It would make for safer towing. Highly impressed overall.