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"I have used on a couple of occasions, all with good results. He provides at home service which means you don't have to load your equipment" in your vehicle, travel to his facility for service and then return to pick up your equipment once it is repaired. is very punctual and gets right to work. He is cordial and will answer your questions. Repairs are done right the first time and at a reasonable charge. If the equipment is not-repairable or will be costly, will tell you that up front. I recommend his service and will definitely use him again as needed.

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"Called and came promptly. Friendly. Did routine service on mower. Initially thought another issue was problem but after services mower ran well. So saved me $35.00." Unfortunately mower stopped next day with brief usage. returned and fixed what he thought might be original problem. Charged me $35.00. Mower runs like new and is 13 years old. Appreciate he didn't inially charge the extra $35.00 for services he thought at the time I did not need because mower worked.

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Lawn Mower Repair and Maintenance

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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Lukas has had to recruit family and friends to help with the yardwork portion of his business. (Photo by Sandy Moreland)

Lukas Moreland started his lawn care and lawn mower maintence business when he was just 14. Find out what motivates him to keep the business going.

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Having trouble starting your lawn mower? Angie Hicks explains why it's a bad idea to leave old fuel in your lawn mower for an extended period of time.

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Experts in lawn mower maintenance say there’s a fix for common issues, but major problems often cost more to repair than buying a new lawn mower.

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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.


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.

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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Since it would not start BEFORE you took it in for service, hard to blame them - even if rainfall did get in it, because they would assume when you delivered it that it was in "normal" condition, whjich presumably meant vaent closed. By "vent" on top of the gas tank I am not sure what you mean - a "vent" should not let a lot of water in, but if you mean the filler cap then certainly you would get about as much water depth in the tank as the number of inches of rain you had while it was sitting out.


Another possibility - vent was open during your fall washing down, and wash water got into the tank, which then ended up in the gas can for the winter, then back to the mower in the spring.


Other possibility - your gas can picked up a lot of water over the winter, particuylarly if metal and stored in a location where it could warm up during the day (evaporates gas) then as it cools overnight forms a partial vacuum so it pulls in moist air, which then condenses in the can and settles to the bottom. If using normal pour spout, the first thing out of the can in the spring would be the water (would be first into spout as you pour out), so water from the can might have gone into the mower at first filling.


Another possibility which is amazingly common - little Johnny decides to fuel the mower for you and poured water or bug juice or such in there.


BTW - most fuel stabilizers do NOT trap water - fuel stabilizer put a very thin layear on top of the liquid to retart evaporation, so your gaoline does not turn to diesel or sludge. To trap water and keep it from settling out you need alcohol - like Heet. Also, when draining tank, you should drain the first part into a clear containear (mayonnaise jar or such) then after it has settled a few seconds pour back to the can, leaving the water in the bottom of the jar to be disposed of.

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This is Sarah B. in Member Care. Thanks for posting!
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Lawn Mower Repair reviews in Columbus


They got me right in and called me about and hour or so later with my
mower complete. Mower looked great, runs well, blade seems sharp, but I
did noticed the grass under the deck was not cleaned or scrapped off,
the grass that typically builds up. Not sure if my expectation was off
for this portion or if it was missed. ...More Overall I would recommend this
- Kevin T.

My son already knew it was probably the carburetor and that's what we told him. He didn't even attempt to fix it. So my son bought some carburetor cleaner and with the help of one of our neighbors, had it fixed in about a half hour. He didn't charge for the service call but I would never call him again just because he wasted our gasoline ...More and didn't make any attempt to fix the lawnmower.
- Rebecca S.

My experience with was outstanding throughout. From the very beginning, he was prompt in returning my call, in spite of the fact it was late in the day before a holiday weekend. He was honest and professional on the phone, as well as when he arrived to do the repairs. I had cleared room and had it all set up for him to perform ...More the repairs in my garage. However, unbeknownst to me, he has his own mobile workshop/trailer that he brings with him so he drove the mower into the trailer and made the repairs in there. He was very fair and efficient with time and didn't try to drag the repairs out in order to get more money. Speaking of money/cost, I was extremely pleased with his prices and thought they were more than fair and economical for the service he provided. Therefore, I would definitely recommend him and will definitely be calling him from now on when/if my lawn mower needs serviced or repaired!

did an excellent job and was prompt to work on my units. He immediately found one issue with my push mower and remedied the problem right away. On my rider, he leveled the deck and it now cuts light years better than when I first purchased the mower last year. I will use again next year. Keep in mind ...More that is a rather busy guy since he performans onsite services for mowers. I called a little late in the season so I had to wait several weeks until he had an opening. I will be more proactive next year so that I can get my units serviced before summer. Thanks for everything !
- Dennis D.

don't bother. Turned out to be a waste of time!. Run Run Run and Look Elsewhere!.
They are not an onsite repair service and will charge you for pickup and delivery too!.
A very rude customer service who did not care about Angies List ratings!.(their words-we have enough A's to worry about a single
F.....wow!, what confidence ...More in taking customers for granted.!). I told Angies List about this and they were shocked too!.
Look elsewhere on Angies and you will find others who come and repair it onsite for you in a professional manner. I called another company, they came and fixed my broken bladed engagement on my Riding Mower in 35 mins.

- Mayuri Sanjay L.

I purchased the Big Deal because my mower had not been tuned up in a couple years. It was a quality mower--from with a Honda motor--and it was used last year. I could not deliver the mower to the shop so I had them pick it up on Friday, May 15. I was told I would probably get it back the following Monday. Over the next several ...More weeks I called to see when they would bring it back and was told they were still working on it, trying to get it to start. After 3 and a half weeks I was called and told the mower caught fire and I should come get it. I was flabbergasted. I asked what happened and the woman, , would not give details. Instead she kept repeating that it wasn't their fault. I said it had to be because the mower was fine last year. She kept saying they couldn't start it and she said it wasn't their fault over and over, maybe 2 dozen times. I asked what they were going to do about it and she said nothing because it wasn't their fault. By this time her voice was raised and when I said I thought they should make it right she began actually yelling at me. I couldn't believe it. She yelled a lot as I tried to get details of what happened and then she hung up on me. When I called right back she hung up on me again. When I called again the phone was off the hook and I only got a busy signal. I gave up trying to call and waited for them to notify me that they were bringing the mower back. During all the previous yelling, I was able to make it clear that they had picked up the mower and needed to return it. She told me it would cost $25 for that service, which I already knew. Five days later, today, June 13, she called and asked if they could bring the mower that day and I agreed. She said it wouldn't be her to bring it, but she is the one who came to the door. (I asked the woman if she was and she said "yes") I asked for the mower to be put back in the shed in the backyard (something I had asked for because I am physically unable to do it myself and she had agreed to do when she called about returning it) and she then told the 2 young guys with her to do it. She then asked me to sign a paper saying it was received and she asked for the $25. I told her I didn't think I should owe them any money for bringing back a mower they had destroyed. She reiterated that it wasn't their fault and they never could get it to start. I asked her what had caught fire and was the mower fixable and she said the fire was in the wiring so it was not fixable. I told her I think they owed me a mower and she said they didn't have an extra mower to give me. I don't remember the exact words, but the implication was that they had talked about this possibility. I said they could give me money to buy a mower to which she said she would talk to the owner and have him call me. She didn't sound like she would do it...that is the impression she left me with. She had previously, during our first phone call, amidst the yelling, told me she was going to talk to the owner, who is a LAWYER (her emphasis on lawyer). I took it as a threat of punishment for being trouble. Anyway, she ended up saying she wasn't going to fight with me about the $25 but I had to sign the delivery receipt paper. I signed it. I was not given a copy; I don't know if I was supposed to get one. They left. From what she said while she was here, one thing is clear-they are completely at fault for ruining my mower. The proof is in her own words. She said they never got the mower to start and she said it caught fire and is ruined. The fact is it could not catch on fire by itself. It had to have some kind of power in the wiring for the wiring to catch fire. They couldn't get the mower to start so there was no power. They MUST have done something to the mower to make it catch fire and ruin it. So, now I am out a good mower AND now I have to hire someone who brings his own mower to cut my grass. This person charges more than the younger kid whom I had promised could make some money this summer mowing my grass with my mower. So they cost me a mower and are still costing me in mowing charges. (And now I'm a liar to the poor kid who was looking forward to making some money off me) And they refuse to do anything about it. Here I am: the owner of a coupon for a service from a company that promised to do said service and then destroyed my property. Angie's List refuses to let me return the coupon for my money back. I spent $59 to get my mower destroyed.

In 2014, I had my Lawnboy self propelled mower serviced 2X by the big box store where I bought it. It never ran properly after that and using it this year found it was leaking fuel. When I found the mower had a service recall - was on the top of the list. I called them, brought it in and in just over a week the gas leak was fixed ...More and it is mowing better than ever!
- John B.

It went great. The mower blade is performing much better and they did a nice job cleaning off a year's worth of dried grass and clippings.
- Brenda G.

Lawn Mower Repair Shops in Columbus

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Agri-Trac Equipment LLC

3934 Johstown Utica Rd NE

Arlington Service

5019 N High St


Plain City

Beechwold Ace Hardware

4591 N High St

Bill's On Broadway

4326 Broadway
Grove City

Boyd's Marysville Tire & Service Center

703 South Maple Street

Broadway Tool Rental

2871 Harrisburg Pike
Grove City

Buckeye Mower Repair

5509 Township Road 191

Buckeye Power Sales Co., Inc.


Carris Appliance Service, Inc

3004 Courtright Rd
South Columbus



Common Ground Contracting

118 Graceland Blvd.





Daves Welding and Fabrication

15443 Maple Ridge Rd

Elevate Construction Inc

1000 S Fairfield Drive

Elm Recycling Lawn and Landscape Supply

1242 Mt. Vernon Road





Genoa Lawn Center

5064 S. Old 3C HWY




1660 US 42 NE

JD Equipment

1662 US Highway 62
Washington Court House


3727 Park Mill Run


1200 Delmont Rd. SW

JD Equipment-New Albany

5740 Zarley St
New Albany

Jobs By Jen

3548 meadow valley st



Lawn Equipment Inc

4055 MAIN ST

Lawn Mower Doctor


Lawn Mower Repair and Service

127 S Liberty Street

LEH Xterior Improvements

3327 Winter Lane Park



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

320 South Street
Mount Gilead



Miller Landscape LLC

1011 Basildon Rd

My Handyman

830 South Chesterfield Road

National Construction Rentals

2177 McKinley Ave


PO Box 2415

Outdoor Masters, LLC




RepairClinic.com Inc

48600 Michigan Ave

Sally's Hearth & Power Sales

421 W Broad St




PO Box 638


4060 Cleveland Ave

Smithco Equipment

7271 National Rd SW







Tailored Tasks

P.O Box 362



Voss Brothers Sales & Rentals

10136 Sawmill Rd

Winzenread, Dr. John W.

3578 Fishinger Blvd

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