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With pull starts, see this a lot, folks will cold crank and just wail/pull em with all they got. This does major damage to the mechanism and they don't last long that way.
It, pull starting, is a pretty violent action but you can be kind to your engine and pull-start by pulling gently until there is resistance. Allow spring to retract slowly. Don't let it snap back. Then with a sharp and measured pull, in line with the cord, give a good pull. if necessary, repeat. The worst, absolute worst thing for a pull-start is to just wail on it. LOL, don't ask how I learned that one.
Hope that is of some help and great to meet ya