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"He gave me a receipt for my tiller and mower on May 12, and as it stated on the paperwork, I expected them back within thirty days. But they didn't bring them" back until August 13. I spoke to them over the phone several times and was told that they were working on my equipment. They had said all the roto-tiller needed was a spark plug, and that they had that. They said they had put the mower in a solution, and if that didn't work they would have to replace a major part. When we spoke again the man gave me a huge range as an estimate on replacing the part. When they finally brought it back, the man showed up half an hour early and seemed to be in a hurry. I asked him to start the roto-tiller and he said he was in a hurry and just left. We hadn't used the roto-tiller in several years, but it had chunks of wet mud on it. The gas tank was totally dry, and they took off the filter and the filter cover. I talked later to the man that was supposedly the owner. He said he would look around the shop for my parts and call back, but he never did. The last person I spoke to was a woman who insisted very rudely that they did not have my part and to "do what you have to do."

-Jo-Ellen and Joseph G.

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"They were supposed to diagnose an electrical problem. They tested and replaced a battery but said the mower still wouldn't start. I talked to them since dropping" it off via phone calls initiated by me. I was last told they would get back to me. Haven't heard from them and they still have mower but haven't charged me anything yet.

-Michael H.

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Lawn mower repair

The average suburban lawn mower is a true workhorse, but you might not be maintaining it as well as you should. Here are some practical tips on troubleshooting common problems, how to make some lawn mower repairs yourself and how to maintain your mower so it keeps performing well year after year.

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Even if you winterized your mower last fall, it’s a good idea to give it an inspection and tuneup come spring, to keep it running smoothly all season. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Michael L. of Washington)
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Need a new lawn mower? Before you buy, learn what you need and how much a new riding lawn mower, reel, electric and self-propelled lawn mower will cost you.

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Proper lawn mower maintenance can keep it running longer. Whether it's sharpening blades or getting a professional mower tuneup, follow these maintenance tips.

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The only time a carburator needs replacing is if you put some really corrosive cleaner in it that ate through the metal (usually aluminum), or if you have physically broken it.

Otherwise, carbs can be rebuilt - rebuild kits (that contain basically all the non-metallic parts, the primer bulb (usually) and carb gaskets) typically run $10-25. A tuneup (carb rebuild and new spark plug) with parts typically runs about $60-80 ($100-150 for rider mowers), although a lot of repair shops have $45-60 spring specials. Probably needs a sharpening too - another $10-15 or so when done as part of a tune-up.

By hiring someone to do it, I presume you mean taking it to a small engine repair shop with a good word of mouth reputation, and being sure to get a dropoff receipt and estimate in writing that you carry away with you.

If it runs at all, or ran last fall, this is probably all you need.

Compare this to the cost of a new mower - for a rider mower, no comparison of course - go with the carb cleaning and rebuild. However, for a standard 20-22 inch push power mower, replacement cost is about $140-250, depending on whether you go with a Walmart special or brand name, additional $100 or so if self-propelled or bagging type.

For a 10 year old push type power mower, if it sits outside all winter or is pretty rusty, since you are not mechanically inclined I would recommend getting a new mower - something like a Sears or Murray Ohio (at Target, WalMart, etc) plain-jane mower for about $150-180 unless you have steep hills or medical issues, then get the self-propelled model. A 20 inch or even 18 inch will do fine for a small lawn; if you have several lawns or a pretty big lawn area (over say 2500 SF) then you probably want a 22 inch - the extra path width makes quite a difference in how long it takes to mow.

If it sleeps in a shed or garage and is not rusting out, I would recommend a new one if the plain jane will do it for you, otherwise if the replacement one that you would buy is over about $250 I would go with the carb overhaul and tuneup.

I would STRONGLY recommend you get a 4 cycle engine - I swear by Briggs and Stratton rather than Tecumseh or other brands. 4 cycles start much easier and are less sensitive to fuel/air mix issues, and the plugs stay clean a lot longer. 2 cycles are lighter for the same horsepower which is why you see them a lot in outboard motors that are less than about 50-80 HP and in small generators and motorcycles, but they are a lot more tempermental about starting, especially in cold weather or after a long storage.

If you pay attention to proper winter storage procedure, rebuilding the carb on the old one should last you another 5+ years. I have a Murray Ohio with 4 cycle Briggs and Stratton engine that is 33 years old, lives in an unheated shed in a northern state, and has had nothing more than annual blade sharpening, oil change every few years, and one carb overhaul and plug cleaning (and ZERO new spark plugs) in its life, and starts by second pull every spring. The key is if you store it inside in a garage to run it dry each fall (so you do not have gas in the garage, for safety reasons in case it leaks out); if you leave it outside I fill the tank to the top so moisture cannot acccumulate from moist air "breathing" in and out of the tank due to temperature changes. I do this with mower, chain saw, leaf blower, weed wacker - all start on first or second pull in the spring (and throughout the summer). If you live in an area with a lot of moisture in the winter air (ours is very dry) you might have to add Heet or Sta-Bil to the fuel can (per instructions) before topping off tank.

You will find other people who say you HAVE to run it dry each season. Their theory is that if there is no gas in it then there is no gas to collect moisture or to evaporate and turn to varnish over the winter (though that generally takes a few years of sitting to happen). My theory is if it is filled with fuel it cannot dry out and leave varnish residue to block the fuel tube screen and fuel jets, plus it does not rust metal fuel tanks by being empty. To each their own procedure.

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No personal experience on rider mowers but some with small rider tractors, but since you have gotten no response in 5 days, here is my 2 cents worth:

 

1) read the Consumer Reports and JD Powers reviews on rider mowers

 

2) from what neighbors have told me, TroyBilt are maintenance problem and not built very rugged, Sears tend to have transmission/drive train problems, those with John Deere say they were unhappy with the price but they run well and don't have extreme maintenance costs - so sounds to me like JD is best brand out there right now.

 

3) A recommendation also from personal small engine experience and neighbors - stay with Briggs and Stratton 4 cycle engines if possible, and stay away from 2 cycle engines - they are lighter and cheaper, but have a LOT more starting problems and tend to not last as long.

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With you not saying what this is on - could be portable device or very small rider mower - check oill level - some fancier ones on air compressors and pressure washers and rider mowers have oil monitor that shuts it off if oil pressure does not build up. Failed governor spring (rare - would be one of my last guesses) can do this, but when I had it happen the engine ran up to speed and died in only a second or two - not 8 seconds. Governor linkage usually an external metal rod with springs connecting to the carb - try watching it during the 8 seconds to see if it is yanking the throttle/choke setting back causing it to shut down. Also check to be sure not blocked by twig or leaves or such. I would check the plug after it dies - if wet then you are pretty sure you are getting fuel, if dry then maybe it is only getting fuel from manual priming or automatic choke, but then the choke is cutting out and starving the engine for fuel. IF your model has accessible automatic choke linkage (or if choke plate is accessible if you remove air cleaner), try using a long tool (not fingers, in case of backfire through carb) to adjust choke angle to see if that will make it keep running - if you can see it after taking off air cleaner, it should be staying full on for probably 20-40 seconds before it opens up wide open if temperature contr4olled type, but the engine-speed type open up as soon as engine comes up to speed. Another possibility - check air cleaner to be sure not plugged with dirt - wash (and with many models oil) per owners manual instructions. Another common problem - starts on priming or choke, but when on regular fuel flow leans out and dies due to air leak in fuel line letting air in with fuel, or dirty screen in tank not letting enough fuel in to keep it running. Also, crudded up holes in the tank cap can cause vapor lock by not letting air in to tank to replace fuel consumed - remove and take out inner liner and check holes in liner and metal cap are open so you can see daylight through them. Another possibility - look for debris, etc keeping throttle from opening up - could be idle screw jiggled loose and is set too low. Try screwing it in a half turn or so to see if keeps running - because might be starting on choke but then when choke starts opening up the idle setting is too low so throttle is not open enough to keep it running. If consistently runs 8 seconds and dies, try turning the main needle valve 1/4 turn one way, then if tht does not work back the 1/4 turn plus 1/4 turn the other way (keep track of turns so you know where initial setting is) - if one or other makes better than adjust in that range for smooth running and no flooding or leaning out when you open throttle up.
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Lawn Mower Repair reviews in Columbus

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Estimate to repair was too costly. Chose to not have the repair done. Took much longer to get an answer from the business. Had to call and remind them I was waiting.
- Thomas H.
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Tiller smoked and ran poorly. Expecting to have a purchase a new one,
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told me the oil level was twice the amount. Apparently my mother had put too much oil in... machine cleaned up and runs great. Only thing lost was my mother pride.
- rebecca L.
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I had a lawnmower I had not used for about 3 years.
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restored the mower to excellent working order. There was a small problem after I had the mower back for a couple of weeks, but
Columbus Lawn Mower Repair Shops Provider Name Locked
took care of it immediately with no additional charge. I'm very happy with the service provided by
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and will use them again as needed.
- BRIAN F.
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He actually came out. He was really good. He didn’t charge me anything because he wasn’t able to resolve the issue. He didn’t feel that he should be charging me for that. He referred me to someone who could take care of that, which was really nice. He was an honest person. I would use him again and I would refer him as well.
- DORINDA G.
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was wonderful. He promptly answered the phone and tried to help me repair my own mower. When that couldn't be done he made an apt. to show up at my house. He came on time and fixed the problem and did the yearly service in my driveway. It saved tons of time and money on hauling the mower to a shop. He was kind to my kids who were all interested in what he was doing. He managed to fix a leaky tire that NO ONE had been able to fix in the past. I would highly recommend him and will use him again and again!!!
- Abigail R.
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I appreciated
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's prompt communication and willingness to come right out, despite his sharing that he's busier today than ever before. He had all the necessary tools in his car, and only needed an electrical outlet in order to plug in the grinder. He swept up afterward and was finished in less than 30 minutes. I will call him each season for a mower tuneup... I love havnig found his "mobile" service which comes right to my door!
- Cindy G.
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Very efficient and personable. Picked up my leaf blower at my home and quickly had it up and running and delivered back to my door. Very reasonable cost. Recommend this company highly!
- John B.
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It was Angie's list great deal of $59 for one machine. I bought two and paid extra $40 for pickup and drop-off. They did great job.
- Yuzhu X.

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A PLUS LAWN SERVICE

7847 BLACKWILLOW ST
Dublin

ADVANTAGE LAWN EQUIPMENT

4552 LOCKBOURNE RD
Columbus

Agri-Trac Equipment LLC

3934 Johstown Utica Rd NE
Utica

Arlington Service

5019 N High St
Columbus

BARKER SMALL ENGINE REPAIR

70 CROSS ST NW
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9420 AMISH PIKE
Plain City

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4591 N High St
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Bill's On Broadway

4326 Broadway
Grove City

Bob's Better Repair LLC.

7423 COSGRAY RD.
Dublin

Boyd's Marysville Tire & Service Center

703 South Maple Street
Marysville

Broadway Tool Rental

2871 Harrisburg Pike
Grove City

Buckeye Mower

Westerville

Buckeye Power Sales Co., Inc.

6850 COMMERCE CT DR
Blacklick

BUCKEYE TRACTOR

5565 STATE RTE 37 E
Delaware

BUZZ'S SAW AND TOOL SHARPENING

535 BUNTY STATION RD
Delaware

Carris Appliance Service, Inc

3004 Courtright Rd
South Columbus

CENTURY EQUIPMENT INC

4199 LEAP RD
Hilliard

Certified Small Engine Repairs

13977 Tarlton Road
Amanda

CHUCK'S MOWER & SAW SVC

512 N ZANE AVE
Lancaster

CLINTONVILLE HOME REPAIR SERVICES

244 W COMO AVE
Columbus

COLEMAN'S LAWN EQUIPMENT SVC

2133 TROY RD
Springfield

COMO MOWER SERVICE & SALES

3741 INDIANOLA AVE
Columbus

DIAMOND CUT LAWN & LANDSCAPE L.L.C.

7404 Worthington Rd
Westerville

DON'S MOWER SERVICE

520 PITTSBURG AVE NW
North Canton

EAST LAWN & GARDEN CTR

1098 EAGLETON PLZ
London

Elm Recycling Lawn and Landscape Supply

1242 Mt. Vernon Road
Newark

EQUIMENT SPECIALISTS INC

123 US RTE 42 NE
London

FACKLER COUNTRY GARDENS, INC

2326 NEWARK GRANVILLE RD
Granville

G C SVC

4777 HILTON CORPORATE DR
Columbus

Genoa Lawn Center

5064 S. Old 3C HWY
Westerville

GREENSKEEPER SALES & SVC

PO Box 368
London

GROVEPORT LAWN & GARDEN

7810 GROVEPORT RD
Groveport

Hennessy Landscaping

PO Box 528
Galloway

HOME DEPOT

8704 OWENFIELD DR
Powell

HORCH MOWER SVC

12701 STATE ROUTE 4
Marysville

J D EQUIPMENT INC

1660 US 42 NE
London

JD EQUIPMENT HILLIARD

4079 Lyman Dr
Hilliard

JD EQUIPMENT INC

1200 Delmont Rd. SW
Lancaster

JD Equipment Inc London

1660 us route 42

JD Equipment-New Albany

5740 Zarley St
New Albany

JLW Mower Shop

6202 E Walnut St
Westerville

Jobs By Jen

3548 meadow valley st
Columbus

KNISELY SALES & SVC

1967 W MOUND ST
Columbus

KUBOTA TRACTOR

6300 AT ONE KUBOTA WAY
Groveport

KUHN'S TURF EQUIPMENT

4860 STATE ROUTE 204
Baltimore

Lawn Equipment Inc

4055 MAIN ST
Hilliard

Lawn Mower Doctor

3240 LIV-MOOR DR
Columbus

LEH Xterior Improvements

3327 Winter Lane Park

LIFE AT ITS BEST

1707 ALPINE
Columbus

M.T.K.Superior Pressure Washing Plus! LLC

320 South Street
Mount Gilead

MADISON POWER EQUIPMENT

781 STATE ROUTE 56 SW
London

MAINLINE OF NORTH AMERICA

US ROUTE 40 & STATE ROUTE 38
London

MAST'S SALES & SVC

344 S MAIN ST
Utica

MDS SHARP N LUBE

7788 CUBBAGE RD
Westerville

MIKE R KELLNER

319 W FAIRVIEW AVE
Baltimore

Miller Landscape LLC

1011 Basildon Rd

Movers & Shuckers

19325 Zolman Rd
Fredericktown

My Handyman

830 South Chesterfield Road
Columbus

National Construction Rentals

2177 McKinley Ave
Columbus

On Call Welding

6155 Johnstown Alexandria Rd.
Johnstown

Ostrander Implement

9265 Marysville Rd
Ostrander

Outdoor Masters, LLC

5283 W BROAD ST
Columbus

PARR IMPLEMENT SALES INC

8839 Broad St SW
Pataskala

PJB Mowing

4679 Glanstonbury Dr
Hilliard

POP & SONS

281 SPRING ST
Pataskala

R E FELCHLIN

1867 MARION GREEN CAMP RD
Marion

RAM EQUIPMENT

7493 Kennesaw Dr
West Chester

RepairClinic.com Inc

48600 Michigan Ave

Richard Held Lawn Mower Repair

7836 Harriott Rd
Dublin

Sally's Hearth & Power Sales

421 W Broad St
Pataskala

Sauer Power Tools

1164 Dornoch Dr
Lancaster

SAWMILL LAWN MOWER REPAIR

5822 HOUCHARD RD
Dublin

SCOTTS REPAIR SERVICE

PO Box 638
Millersport

SHARPENING ON SITE

4060 Cleveland Ave
Columbus

Smithco Equipment

7271 National Rd SW
Pataskala

SOUTH SIDE CYCLE & MOWER

1038 PARSONS AVE
Columbus

STRADER'S GARDEN CTR

5350 RIVERSIDE DR
Columbus

SUNOCO LAWNMOWER REPAIR

1800 W LANE AVE
Columbus

Tailored Tasks

P.O Box 362
Columbus

THE ANDERSONS GENERAL STORE

5800 ALSHIRE RD
Columbus

The Andersons Inc

480 W Dussel Dr
Maumee

Tuller Landscaping

3873 Cherrybridge Lane

Voss Bros

198 N Columbus St
Sunbury

Voss Brothers Sales & Rentals

10136 Sawmill Rd
Powell

WESTERVILLE LAWN & GARDEN

5064 S OLD 3C RD
Galena

WHEELSPORTS INC

7959 E MAIN ST
Reynoldsburg

Wilson Farm & Tool LLC

750 State Rte 56
London

Winzenread, Dr. John W.

3578 Fishinger Blvd
Hilliard

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