My shoulder gets sore but it's not broke. From my cold dead hands you will have to take my 562xp I can pull it over in 4 pulls (5 max) from dead cold and previously run dry, and not aggravate my shoulder. Purge bulb, decomp. Have had an EA4300 for some years now -it's in my signature. Love that little saw for light work, there is nothing that can match it for ease of starting that I'm aware of. The issue for me is repeated pulling in certain positions aggravates previous injury - the more the pulling repitition the more the shoulder aggravation. If the 261 c-m had a purge bulb it should start with less reps. Still, I will test drop starting it cold over the weekend and see how many pulls it takes. I think they've started to cut corners on this saw that may bite them over time. e.g. plastic handle, no purge bulb, some lighter weight components ... possibly in a quest for the new low weight win over Husky's 550xp mkII. Your latest result shows the 261 c-m pop on 4 pulls is encouraging and if that becomes the norm for mine, I will be happy. It is a gutsy saw for 50cc and now that it seems to have straightened up a bit, I'll give it a good audition before pulling the plug. It's just unfortunate that the recent hiccup (too many repeated pulls) caused my shoulder to get inflamed again.