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"Our gas mower was chuffing and losing power.
diagnosed a probable cause immediately upon pick-up: we used gas containing ehtanol. During" the repair,
also discovered warping in the pump mechanism that allowed air to escape and to cause uneven performance.
replaced the pump mechanism, gave advice on where to find proper gas, sharpened the blades, etc. It came back like new in 5 days.
was pleasant to deal with, informative, timely, and affordable. The icing on the cake was the free pick-up and delivery. I would recommend
to anybody needing lawnmower repair or maintenance.

-Kristina C.

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"This will be my last experience with that horrible establishment. The front desk staff talks a big game about knowing their stuff when they are selling you a service," but when an entire month goes by waiting to hear back from the shop, and the total comes out to 3 TIMES what the front desk person quoted, I realized they effectively stole my $40 deposit. No way can they say that removing the 3 or 4 screws it took to remove the plastic cover from the snow blower and casting their gaze upon the external working parts for a whole month is worth $40. When I confronted the front desk staff that had originally quoted me "under $200" for the listed repairs needed, they replied with "I'm not a mechanic" in one breath, then proceeded to make claims about their mechanical understanding of the problems with my machine and what I had originally brought it in for that were COMPLETELY wrong. Blatant salesmanship of the lowest lying form. I wouldn't take anything there if I were paid to. This makes me sad because I always prefer to spend my money at the local small businesses, but this one is rotten. There are many other small engine shops in the area worth checking out. Stay away from this one unless you don't mind being robbed.

-Corey T.

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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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Lawn Mower Repair reviews in Minneapolis

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This was the first time we used this service.
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went beyond our expectations. When they arrived, I mentioned that I could no longer shift into the higher gears because some small pieces of plastic had broken off the gearshift surround and that I was thinking of inserting some small screws in the plastic to fix the problem. After they left, I discovered they had done this for me at no additional charge. Now that's excellent service. We highly recommend them and will definitely use them again!
- Rob C.
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I had a quite old
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mower that was in need of a tuneup. We installed some sod in our yard and I wanted get have the mower running in top shape to keep our new grass looking great. They were upfront and honest about what it would cost to sharpen the blade, change out the oil, clean the gasline and carbr. I decided to buy a new mower from them since there was a
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rebate going on and I have been very happy with my purchase.
- matt M.
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I feel secure with their work but the price seemed high for repair and tune-up. We played phone tag trying to work out when the machine was completed. It all worked out in the end.
- Lois M.
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came - same day - to pick up my snow blower. He showed me on-the-spot what the problem was. He had to order the part, which took some time, but fixed the blower as soon as it came. I have used his services several times for fixes and tune-ups on my mower and blower. Every time, he picked up same-day and did the job in a very short period of time - sometimes returned it next-day!
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is reliable, honest, and keeps his prices low. He's great at explaining what is wrong with the equipment, and gives advice on how to maintain it. I won't use any other service! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND
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- Dawn H.
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is a treasure. He picked up the snow blower, repaired it and returned it within a week . I can't tell you how much I appreciated the pickup and delivery as I don't have a vehicle that can haul the monster I am now ready for the snow we all know is coming.
Thanks
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- Mary H.
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did a great job. He came to get the machine and returned it, fully repaired, in less than a week. Fixed the problem (clogged fuel line) and gave me a primer on how to care for it. He also recommended a gas station that sells non-oxygenated gasoline which should help prevent the problem.
- craig B.
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One good thing about
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is that he picked up our snowblower. He was able to pick it up a day or two after we called him. He told us it would take about a week, however it took about 2 1/2 weeks for him to get it done. Other than the difference in the time he told us it would take and when he did get it done, our experience was positive. We haven't been able to really test the snowblower - other than when it was test started when
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dropped it off yet as there's no snow, but all looks well.
- Barbara R.
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Overall, it was a great experience. They were friendly, professional, helpful and fast! Dropped it off on Tuesday and it was done by Friday. The only (very small) complaint was that they estimated it to be $50-60 and it was around $70. Otherwise, loved the experience and would use them again.
- Wendy W.

All Lawn Mower Repair Shops in Minneapolis

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A & C SMALL ENGINE

3828 CENTRAL AVE NE
Minneapolis

A & J Industries

1445 267 1/2 Ave NE
Isanti

A-1 OUTDOOR POWER INC

7630 COMMERCE ST
Corcoran

ABC RENTALS & MINI STORAGE

460 E VILLAUME AVE
South Saint Paul

ACE HARDWARE AND PAINT

14760 PENNOCK AVENUE
Saint Paul

AFFORDABLE SMALL ENGINE SALES

28864 DIMAGGIO ST NE
North Branch

Al's Check Cashing

1434 93rd Ln NE
Minneapolis

AL'S TRUE VALUE HARDWARE

PO Box 368
Prior Lake

ALEX'S LAWN & TURF

641 HEINEL DR
Saint Paul

Amcon Small Engine

109 N Water Street
Northfield

ARROW MOWER SERVICE

34234 fv
South Saint Paul

Balsam Tree & Shrub Care

16131 Norell Ave N
Saint Croix

BARTZ MOWER SVC

218 13TH AVE N
Waite Park

Beisswenger's

1823 Old Hwy 8
Saint Paul

BILL'S MOBILE MOWER REPAIR

36750 COUNTY ROAD
Avon

BOB LUCAS

3425 S COON CREEK DR NW
Andover

Bob Steman

6517 45th Ave N
Minneapolis

BOBBY & STEVE'S AUTO WORLD

3701 CENTRAL AVENUE NE
Minneapolis

bri's handyman service

510 55th Ave N
Minneapolis

Bucky's Handyman Service

385 Nottingham Dr
Circle Pines

CAPRA'S MARINE ELECTRONICS

8565 HIGHWAY 65 NE
Minneapolis

CARPENTER SMALL ENGINE

2621 7TH AVE E
Saint Paul

CEDAR SMALL ENGINE AND REPAIR

3804 CEDAR AVE. S.
Minneapolis

Central Small Engine & Marine

3190 Hwy 25 NE
Foley

Century Power Equipment

5920 Memorial Ave N
Stillwater

CITIES EDGE

972 HWY 212 E
Chaska

CUTTING EDGE POWER EQUIPMENT

8055 COUNTY ROAD
Saint Joseph

D.D. Small Engine Service

4570 Sterling Dr
Big Lake

DANNER LANDSCAPING SALES

7915 CAHILL AVE E
Inver Grove Heights

DECKER POWER EQUIPMENT

1431 NORTHSTAR DR
Zumbrota

DON'S SMALL ENGINE & ATV SERVICE INC

1449 1/2 NW COON RAPIDS BLVD
Minneapolis

DOUGS POWER EQUIPMENT

10130 Davenport St NE
Blaine

E T L REPAIR

16040 HAYES AVE
Carver

EVERSHARP

344 Taft St NE
Minneapolis

Extreme Turf N Snow Care

7425 123rd St
Apple Valley

FIELD OUTDOOR SPACES INC

1209 Tyler St NE
Minneapolis

Frattallone's Ace Hardware

5135 W 98th St
Bloomington

FRATTALONE'S ACE HARDWARE

3527 LEXINGTON AVE N
Saint Paul

Frontier AG & Turf

12040 Point Douglas Dr S
Hastings

GALAXIE SMALL ENGINE REPAIR

10672 162ND ST W
Lakeville

GARCEAU HARDWARE

3429 CENTERVILLE RD
Saint Paul

Glen Ruds Small Engine Repair

7127 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis

GOLF CLUB HOSPITAL CO

4308 BRYANT AVE S
Minneapolis

GOOD-TO-GO YARD & SNOW

14997 AFTON BLVD S
Afton

Goserud Small Engine Service & Repair

317 Oakwood Drive
Saint Paul

Grandview Custom Homes

15190 Bluebird St. NW
Andover

Gregie's Small Engine Repair & Welding

472 S Griggs St
Saint Paul

GRUBER'S POWER EQUIPMENT

1762 WHITE BEAR AVE N
Saint Paul

Hamline Hardware Hank & Rental

755 N. Snelling Ave.
Saint Paul

HANCE HARDWARE

903 HOPKINS CTR
Hopkins

HANSON'S MOWER SALES & SVC

214 JACKSON ST
Red Wing

HIGHLAND SMALL ENGINE & REPAIR

629 JENKS AVE
Saint Paul

HOLTHUSEN SMALL ENGINE & YARD WORK

8946 BRYANT AVE S
Minneapolis

Hudson Mower Doctor

41 Brighton Path

Innovative Irrigation Specialists

1756 149th Ln NE
Ham Lake

JEFF's SMALL ENGINE REPAIR LLC

5616 KNOX AVE S
Minneapolis

JERRY'S HARDWARE

5115 Vernon Ave So
Edina

Jerry's Home & Garden Center

4381 Nichols Rd
Saint Paul

Joe's Lawn & Snow

6228 Harriet Ave S
Minneapolis

John Handyman Service

5513 227th Ave NE
Stacy

Johnson Hardware

7936 Portland Ave S
Minneapolis

kbsmallenginerepair

1490farrington street
Saint Paul

KUBOTA LAWN & GARDEN TRACTORS

14380 240TH ST E
Hastings

Lamb's Lawn Care

Minneapolis

LTG POWER EQUIPMENT

4320 CENTERVILLE RD
Saint Paul

M&M Express Sales and Service

600 Highway 55 East
Buffalo

MERRIAM PARK REPAIR

444 N PRIOR AVE
Saint Paul

Midway Service & Repair

12603 83rd Ave
Kimball

MIDWEST SPECIALTY SALES

1137 73RD AVE NE
Minneapolis

Midwest Turf and Landscape Inc.

1251 Brown Rd. South
Wayzata

MIES OUTLAND INC

720 HWY 55 W
Watkins

MIKES SMALL ENGINE REPAIR

24439 MN HIGHWAY 15
Dassel

MOUNTAIN MACHINE

7781 LAKE DR
Circle Pines

MTD/YARDMAN SVC

4150 UPPER 65TH ST E
Inver Grove Heights

MURRAY BARGAIN SHOP

4150 UPPER 65TH ST E
Inver Grove Heights

My Dad's Handyman

177 W. Lake St.
Excelsior

Nicholas Feely Construction LLC

7263 East Fish Lake Rd.
Osseo

NICOLAI REPAIR

23449 LEWISTON BLVD
Hampton

NORTH END DO IT BEST HARDWARE

3117 PENN AVE N
Minneapolis

NORTH HEIGHTS HARDWARE INC

2920 Rice St
Saint Paul

NORTHERN TOOL & EQUIPMENT CO

9411 ULYSSES ST NE
Minneapolis

NORTHERN TOOL & EQUIPMENT CO

HIGHWAY 36 & ENGLISH
Saint Paul

NORTHERN TOOL & EQUIPMENT CO

4749 COUNTY ROAD
Minnetonka

NORTHERN TOOL & EQUIPMENT CO

7857 HIGHWAY 65 NE
Minneapolis

NorthStar Maintenance Solutions, LLC

9391 Partridge Rd
Saint Bonifacius

Northstar Tire and Auto

650 30th Ave North
Saint Cloud

NORTHWOOD POWER EQUIPMENT

7320 STILLWATER BLVD N
Saint Paul

OLSON POWER & EQUIPMENT INC

38560 14TH AVE
North Branch

omega industries

11317 47th street west
Hopkins

Orange Rock Services L.L.C

959 Charlton street
West Saint Paul

Painters Gear

9325 Bryant Ave S
Bloomington

PATS SMALL ENGINE SVC LLC

1906 7th St N
Saint Cloud

Perfecttouch Properties

17731 Vicuna St NW
Anoka

Phillips Landscaping Design

8349 Russel Avenue
Minneapolis

POWERHOUSE INC

207 E CEDAR ST
Saint Joseph

PRAIRIE LAWN & GARDEN

15916 W 78TH
Eden Prairie

Precision Small Engine Repair

31 6th Ave S
Hopkins

Pro Mow Lawn LLC

3240 Hillsboro Ave North
New Hope

PRO TIRE & EXHAUST

548 WILLOW DR
Long Lake

R & R Small Engine Service

4224 E 41st St
Minneapolis

REDING REPAIR

16787 HUTCHINSON DR
Lakeville

REEDS SALES AND SERVICE

1260 PAYNE AVE
Saint Paul

RepairClinic.com Inc

48600 Michigan Ave

Rick's Small Engine Repair

5802 Boone Ave N
Minneapolis

RIVER LAKE SMALL ENGINE & RACING

3617 E LAKE ST
Minneapolis

Robbinsdale Marine

4137 Lakeland Ave
Minneapolis

SERENDIPITY REPAIR

13415 480TH ST
Wanamingo

SIMPLICITY LAWN & GARDEN

14380 240TH ST E
Hastings

Small Engine Mobile Repair

9375 Dunlap Ave
Circle Pines

SMALL ENGINE SHOP

26745 128TH ST NW
Zimmerman

SODERSTROM'S MARINE SVC

4150 UPPER 65TH ST E
Inver Grove Heights

Steigauf Brothers Landscaping

1456 Osceola Ave
Saint Paul

Stillwater Turf And Power

1778 Greeley Street
Stillwater

SUBURBAN ACE HARDWARE

1930 N. LEXINGTON AVE.
Saint Paul

T & M LAWN SVC

PO Box 201007
Minneapolis

TERRY'S SMALL ENGINE SALES

23849 215TH ST
Hutchinson

The Hover Shop

20028 172nd St. NW
Big Lake

The Toro Co

8111 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis

Tom Cliff

11018 Rich Valley Blvd
Inver Grove Heights

TOM'S SMALL ENGINE REPAIR

600 HWY 55 E
Buffalo

TRACTOR SUPPLY CO

11150 179TH ST NW
Elk River

TREPTAU AUTOMOTIVE SVC

20045 COUNTY ROAD
Hamel

UFC FARM SUPPLY

801 State Highway 284
Waconia

WBL Home Improvement

4550 Evergreen Dr

White Bear Rentals & Sales

3865 HWY 61
Saint Paul

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