Ran this auger last year and it never failed to start or cut efficiently. After 30 years of heavier smokier and harder to start augers I am sold! No gas mixing, easy starting, light weight and reliable. It starts in the coldest weather--I left it out to make sure and fast efficient holes. The biggest surprise was the lack of vibration, is cuts and runs very smooth. It had plenty of power to handle devils lake ice in February. Fished with 4 guys and 3 augers on one trip, they all wanted the 8" light jiffy.