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told me the mower is fine, but advised my replacing the snowblower." He said it would get me through this winter but to watch for a good price on one. I had questions about electric starters Of course, this winter has been such that I have not even had to turn it on.
changed the oil, spark plug, and sharpened the mower blade. I really felt ready for both snow and grass cutting if necessary. It was reassuring and the price was certainly right. I cannot remember just how long he was here, but it was a reasonable amount of time -- not too hasty nor lengthy. I have kept the contact information for
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"I would highly recommend this company. I wasn't sure if my snowblower could be fixed. I hadn't used it for the last two years because it was such a hassle" to get it to and from a service center. I had not heard of
. It was great. He showed up on time and was extremely professional. In no time he had my snowblower running great. It was the best $59 I've ever spent. I will be calling them again.

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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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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 Indianapolis

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It was very easy to schedule a visit from
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, and he showed up at the expected time. I hadn't used my 10-year-old snow blower for quite a few years (having been caught off guard by last year's blizzard), so I wanted to be sure to be ready if I needed it this year. He did a thorough inspection, then gassed it up and made sure it was running smoothly. All very quick and efficient and now I can sleep soundly knowing I'll be ready for the next big snow.
- Jeffrey S.
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Very pleased with the actual service. The gentleman who came was punctual and very nice. I had bought a deal of the day for the mower winter service. I did not realize it was only for a push mower and not the riding mower. He explained it to me and told me if I wanted to get a refund I could, he could upgrade it for the rider or he could perform the service on the push mower and sell me service for the rider at a discount. I chose to have him service both mowers and I am really glad I did.
I would definitely recommend this company and the service provided. I will use them again.
- Marsha B.
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Scheduling was easy and everything went very smoothly.
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is professional and winterized our lawn mower and gave a tuneup of our snow blower. We had used him before and will use him again. I would recommend his group to anyone requiring those services.
- Dave M.
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I took a Ryobi weed eater to
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, as it had quit running. Mr.
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said it needed a carburetor. In checking back,
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stated that he could not find a used carburetor, or it would be too expensive, therefore he couldn't fix it. He charged me $20, but kept the weed eater.
I left a gas blower with
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at a later date. It ran, but was hard to start. Upon return,
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did not show me the blower, but met me in his driveway and said the blower could not be repaired. I got the opinion he would have charged me again for teardown/inspection had I taken the blower back. Once again, he kept the item.
The above instances did not represent good business practice on the part of
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PLEASE DO NOT SHOW THE ABOVE COMMENTS ON LINE, AS I AM AFRAID THERE MAY BE SOME RETRIBUTION ON THE PART OF
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, AS I DID NOT HAVE A GOOD FEELING AFTER DEALING WITH HIM TWICE. I FELT A LITTLE THREATENED .
- Stella W.
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nstantly7 when we need them.second year we have used
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. he comes to your home in his truck with extra parts. he repaired the transmission on the snowblower, changed the plug and the oil and cleaned it top to bottom. he sharpened the mower blade, drained the fluids and prepared the mower for a winter's sleep. we are quite certain both machines will start i
- VICKI & DAVID M.
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This is the most convenient way to get lawn mowers serviced. You are given a two hour window for the day the service is to be completed. The service is done in a timely manner ( about 90 minutes for both mowers) and your mowers are ready for the first mowing in the spring. This is the third year I have used
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and I will continue to use him in the future.His charges are fair.
Compared to my past experience of taking my lawnmowers to a service location and having to wait sometimes up to two weeks for the service to be completed, his service is ideal. For my lawn tractor I would have had to arrange to have it picked up, worked on, and returned at some unknown date in the future. I also would have had to pay extra for the pick up and drop off of the tractor.
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- Kendall T.
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has been servicing our mower for at least 12 years. He is a pleasure to work with and he really knows mowers and small engines. Each year I get several neighbors to bring their mowers and snow blowers to my house and
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and works great for all of us. I highly recommend
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's service is a lot like when doctors made house calls!
- CHARLES T.
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The service was awesome. We had already used him before and when there was a deal attached to him it was awesome. We bought two big deals. He is really good and convenient.
- Susan H.

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BUSENBARK LAWN EQUIPMENT

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C & J Small Engine Repair

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EUDY SALES AND SERVICE

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Greenlawn By Design

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HOME DEPOT

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HOME DEPOT

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HOME DEPOT

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Home Depot

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HOVEY'S LAWN CARE

8631 COUNT TURF CT
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I Cut Grass, LLC

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INDIANAPOLIS DIXIE CHOPPER

10635 E US HIGHWAY 136
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INDY TRACTOR

1501 INDIANAPOLIS AVE
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Indy's Finest Lawn Service LLC

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6601 Sparrowood Dr
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Johnson's Lawnmower Repair

11678 Moore St
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Julie's Chainsaw & Lawnmower Sharpening

3215 N Arlington Ave
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KENNEY MACHINERY CORP

8420 ZIONSVILLE RD
Indianapolis

LOWE'S HOME IMPROVEMENT

8850 S MADISON AVE
Indianapolis

Lynhurst Lawnmower

4220 W Michigan St
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MACALLISTER MACHINERY CO INC

5401 ELMWOOD AVE
Indianapolis

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2280 Westfield Rd
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Mechanically Inclined Auto

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MEGA MOW

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MITCH'S INCREDIBLE ACE HARDWARE

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MOWER ZONE

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Mowercare Inc

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MR DANA'S MOBILE MOTOR REPAIR

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MR MIKE'S ACE HARDWARE

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MURRAY LAWN MOWERS SALES & SVC

3712 N SHERMAN DR
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NICHOLS OUTDOOR POWER EQUIP CO

2680 N MORTON ST
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NOBLESVILLE ACE HARDWARE

603 Westfield Rd
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Onsite Mower Service

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PAHL'S LAWN CARE

2065 LEWIS PL
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PLAINFIELD EQUIPMENT INC

716 W MAIN ST
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PLUMMER POWER MOWER SHOP

3712 N SHERMAN
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POULAN WEED EATER OUTDOOR

3712 N SHERMAN DR
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Re-Power Inc

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RepairClinic.com Inc

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REYNOLDS FARM EQUIPMENT INC

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Richard's Small Engine Repair

7143 N. London Rd.
Fairland

RITCHIE'S MOWER REPAIR

25221 RAY PARKER RD
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Roberts Farm Equipment Co

1501 Indianapolis Ave
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Runyon Equipment Rental

410 W. Carmel Drive
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SCHMIDT ENGINE SERVICE

1294 W 1000 S
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Sharp-N-Ready

Post Box 153
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SMALL ENGINE SPECIALISTS

2607 W 206TH ST
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Smith Implement

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SMITH IMPLEMENTS INC

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Greenfield

SULLIVAN HARDWARE

6955 N KEYSTONE AVE
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SUNBELT/LEWIS BROTHERS RENTAL TOOL RENTALS

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TCL Small Engine Repair

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That Mower Guy

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The Fix Repair Shop LLC

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The Greenskeeper

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Thomas Hardscape & Landscape LLC

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