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"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. Overall I would recommend this service!

-Kevin T.

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"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 and didn't make any attempt to fix the lawnmower.

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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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Clogged air filters or bad spark plugs may be to blame for lawn mower problems at start of the mowing season.

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Whether it's sharpening blades or getting a professional tuneup, follow these maintenance tips to help your mower run longer.

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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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My experience with
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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 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!
- LAUREL B.
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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
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again next year. Keep in mind that
Columbus Lawn Mower Repair Shops Provider Name Locked
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
Columbus Lawn Mower Repair Shops Provider Name Locked
!
- Dennis D.
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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 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.
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I purchased the Big Deal because my mower had not been tuned up in a couple years. It was a quality mower--from
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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 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,
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, 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
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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.
- BRENDA A.
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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 -
Columbus Lawn Mower Repair Shops Provider Name Locked
was on the top of the list. I called them, brought it in and in just over a week the gas leak was fixed and it is mowing better than ever!
- John B.
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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.
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They were a little hard to find, small business, no big sign. Some one came out to
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me, helped me unload the mower. She said to come back in 2 hours and it'd be done. It was. She helped me load it, and I was on my way.
- SARA G.
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arrived at our house on time and diagnosed and repaired our
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in about five minutes. He also sharpened the mower blades, checked the oil, and replaced the air filter. He was polite and friendly and worked quickly. I greatly appreciated his punctuality and the ease of the entire experience.
- KATE L.

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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
Canal Winchester

BEACHY'S SMALL ENGINE LLC

9420 AMISH PIKE
Plain City

Beechwold Ace Hardware

4591 N High St
Columbus

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

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

Lawn Mower Repair and Service

127 S Liberty Street
Powell

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

Ohio Cycle LLC

6400 Huntley Rd
Worthington

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

The Weed Whackers

Reynoldsburg

Tuller Landscaping

3873 Cherrybridge Lane

Voss Bros. Sales and Rentals

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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