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"Overall I felt like I got a good deal for the money spent, I had accidentally ran into some bricks with my riding mower which caused the muffler to get torn off," I took it in to get this repaired and had them do some routine maintenance at the same time (oil change, blade sharpen, etc) As I was leaving
noticed that I was having trouble getting the mower started, and he offered to check the battery quickly (this was after they were already supposed to be closed) and determined that that needed to be replaced too, which was done in a matter of minutes! I will be taking all my equipment here in the future.

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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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Ready to get your hands dirty? It's time to say goodbye to Old Man Winter and reacquaint yourself with Mother Nature ...

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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Want to keep your mower going as long as the grass is growing? Follow these mower maintenance instructions.

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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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There were two guys who were suppose fix it for me, a handyman and another guy, but I wasn't satisfied with either one of them. And then I found
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through one of the pack mail advertising like Valpak or something like that, so I thought I'd give them a try because at least they were a lot more reasonable than the other people, and it turned out that they were the best. When the first one repair the lawn mower it has no breaks, which is not a good thing for a huge mower. Then the second one, sometimes the gear would work and sometimes it would not, and I was afraid to use it because I have a huge yard and I have hills that I have to mow. And then when I meet Mr.
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I contacted
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arranged to have my mower picked up at my home. I got the mower back Saturday of the same week and it looked and worked pretty much like brand new! Pickup/Delivery was $45.00 of the $290.00 and they did a lot of work on it including replacing the battery so I think the price was reasonable. They do excellent work. I highly recommend giving
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and his crew a call if you need small engine repair. I will be using them again.

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I received a leaf blower from a neighbor who moved away. I've never had a gas-powered one before, and have never had to mix fuel. I wanted to know if there was anything wrong with it before trying to start it up and finding out the hard way.
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was great, and a straight shooter. I feel as though the price was fair, and he was willing to work with me if my blower wasn't worth fixing after getting into it (i.e.-keeping it for parts instead of charging me $$). I will use his services again for snowblower, lawnmover, and leaf-blower maintenance in the future.

- Robert P.

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A Lawn By Me

6186 Fordwick dr

A Personal Touch Lawncare

504 W Broadway Ave
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A-1 USED MOWERS

891 LINCOLN AVE
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ADA BIKE SHOP

597 ADA DR SE
Ada

AGARD'S LAWN & GARDEN

150 OTTAWA ST
Muskegon

Alger Hardware & Rental

2408 Eastern Ave SE
Grand Rapids

Allendale True Value Hardware

5425 Lake Michigan Dr
Allendale

ARNOLD'S EQUIPMENT INC

8325 BROADMOOR AVE SE
Caledonia

Bergman Power Equipment

4073 Remembrance Rd NW
Grand Rapids

BRH Home and Business Services LLC

18028 148th Ave
Spring Lake

bts small engine an marine repair

3203 Eastern ave.
Wyoming

Caledonia Rent-All Inc

9800 Cherry Valley Ed
Caledonia

Engine Doctor Inc

3119 Ken-O-Sha Industrial Ct SE
Grand Rapids

EXACT MOWER SVC

2333 BURTON TRAIL DR SE
Grand Rapids

Forest Grove Lawn And Rental

3188 32ne Ave
Hudsonville

Four Seasons Yard & Sport Equipment Inc

5426 Alpine Ave NW
Comstock Park

GEMMEN'S

3488 KELLY ST
Hudsonville

JMMS Jerrys Mobile Repair Shop

16815 Quincy
Holland

Kahnoski, Dr. Richard

4069 Lake Dr SE
Grand Rapids

My Auto Import Center

1860 E Sternberg Rd
Muskegon

New Life Arboricultural Services

1917 Hutchinson Ave SE
Grand Rapids

Precision Landscape Management

PO Box 90
Comstock Park

RepairClinic.com Inc

48600 Michigan Ave
Canton

Riverside Motorsports LLC

13565-C Grand River Dr SE
Lowell

TRADITIONAL GRASS CLIPPINGS

823 Jonathan Ln
Muskegon

Walters Equipment LLC

8433 Centre Industrial Dr
Byron Center

WESTENBROEK MOWER INC

167 120th Ave
Holland

White Lake Nursery Inc

1311 E Colby St
Whitehall

WOODY'S SMALL ENGINE REPAIR

252 W WASHINGTON AVE
Zeeland

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