The engine does not need batteries to run, and for some reason this was a pleasent suprise to me. I imagine a time when my batteries are not available and would still like to run the engine.
Describes the process with pictures.
Remove the table over the engine house because you need access to the decompression knob and crank at the same time. Kneel port side, facing starboard, right hand on the decompression lever, left hand on the crank.
1. Disengage the transmission - "pull out the warm up knob"
2. Place throttle in full speed position.
3. Raise the decompression lever with one hand - for me, my right hand, while placing my body 90 degrees to the crankshaft, and placing my left hand on the crank.
4. Crank hard, 5 revolutions minimum to gain momentum.
5. Release the decompression lever and crank harder not letting up on muscle power.
6 Crank 3 revolutions, engine will start and crank will disengage.