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Mardurf carefully started the mower, checked the battery and starter, and determined that mice had been chewing on the starter and probably" other items in the engine compartment. He offered to take the mower back to his shop and give it a complete cleaning and refurbishment. However, in view of the age of the mower, and its condition, he recommended that we buy a new one.
then recommended a way to keep the
, removed it from the mower, wrote down pertinent information to help with the purchase of a new mower, and offered to return to help install the
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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 Pittsburgh

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The items were picked up when scheduled, repaired, and returned to the home in good working order. The only hitch was that they didn't call us when a part needed to be ordered therfore the job took a little longer (a couple of extra days, nothing bad) than we expected but the price was right and the quality of the work seems to be good. I would definitely call on them again if needed.
- Lindsey and Chad S.
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Pittsburgh Lawn Mower Repair Shops Provider Name Locked
was able to squeeze me in the weekend I called. I was running errands, so he had me just leave my mower in the driveway, he was already working by the time i got home. I had hit root the previous fall and bent my deck so I was getting and awful, uneven cut. He was able to get it back to perfect by the time he was done. Very happy with the service.
- Misty R.
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Very personable. Had all the equipment with him and was in and out in a very short period of time. Indicated he had also sharpened the blade ( owner verified that) and saw him clean the mower with high powered air nozzle. Would definitely recommend him!

- GEORGIA M.
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He was on time; clear about what the problems were and what needed to be done. A lawn mower service that comes to your house is just amazing. I've already told friends how pleased I was with his work and service on Facebook and I wanted to commend his work here as well.
- Charles S.
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The person I delt with was named
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. He was knowledgable, personable, pleasant, helpful, honest and fare among other things. There was no charge to evaluate the lawnmower. The price quoted was the price charged. The service was done on time and done well.
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offered me good advice to avoid the same problem in the future. I would not hesitate to return with other needs or to recommend this company to others.
- Karl Z.
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The only plus about the company is that they are the only ones in the area that will pickup and deliver your equipment. However, communication is terrible and expect it to take weeks to get your equipment back. I had to call twice to have my mower picked-up, twice to ask what was wrong with it and the costs. I also had to call to find out when it would be finished and delivered to be told it has been done for a week. Again, communication with this company is terrible.
- Randal K.
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The lawn mower would not turn off properly.
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fixed the off switch and did a tune up on the lawn mower. They were friendly and the price was in the range they advised of.
- Bradley S.
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Dropped off our lawn mower to have it repaired. Tech at
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stated it would take approx one week. We called at approx 5 days and lawn mower was ready for pick-up on the 7th day.
- Andrea D.

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ALLEGHENY LAWN & GOLF PRODUCTS

4085 Alpha Dr
Allison Park

ARLINGTON MOWER REPAIR

400 HARRISON AVE
Jeannette

B & C MOWER SHOP & ENG REPAIR

3460 MAIN ST
Washington

BILL'S SMALL ENGINE SVC

1562 WASHINGTON RD
Apollo

BJ EQUIPMENT

637 ROUTE 228
Mars

BOWMAN'S EQUIPMENT

140 W 7TH AVE
Tarentum

BULL INTERNATIONAL INC

PO Box 1437
Washington

Burk's Lawn & Saw Inc

1025 Mt Nebo Rd
Pittsburgh

BURT'S AUTO PARTS

1100 GREENFIELD AVE
Pittsburgh

BUTLER POWER EQUIPMENT INC

1116 ONEIDA VALLEY RD
Chicora

C & H Small Engine

1141 Center St
Mckeesport

C J SCHWALDER & SONS

2326 BABCOCK BLVD
Pittsburgh

Crossroads Mower Center

611 E Mcmurray Rd Mc
Canonsburg

DE VORE HARDWARE CO

437 W MAIN ST
Monongahela

Dewalt Porter Cable

3234 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh

DOBOSH CENTER

520 E BRUCETON RD
Pittsburgh

Evey True Value Hardware

5779 Library Rd
Bethel Park

EXTON MOWER SVC

474 EXTON LAKE RD
Apollo

FLETCHER SALES & SERVICE

315 FLETCHER LN
Greensburg

GARCAR MOWER SALES & SVC

2360 HAHNTOWN WENDEL RD
Irwin

GILCON TOOL RENTAL

3355 LIBRARY RD
Pittsburgh

Green Dream Landscapes

830 Lowber Rd
Irwin

HAMMOND'S MOWER SVC

3440 RIDGE RD
Aliquippa

HASTINGS HARDWARE

1851 BABCOCK BLVD
Pittsburgh

Horizonyardscaping

5636 Tracy Drive
Pittsburgh

J CSISZAR SERVICE

1106 MIDLAND BEAVER RD
Industry

JEFFERSON HILLS LAWN EQUIPMENT

902 GILL HALL RD
Clairton

JHB Repair Inc.

5649 Florida Ave
Bethel Park

Kellam Landscaping

103 Jones St
Aliquippa

king henrys home remodeling

107 martin drive apt 107

Kubrick Brothers Lawn Mower & Repair

1397 Frey Rd
Pittsburgh

KUHLMAN'S LAWNMOWER SERVICE

1233 STATE AVE
Coraopolis

LABUDA FARM SERVICE

3208 CLAY PIKE
Herminie

MARIO'S MOWER SHOP

524 HULTON RD
Verona

Miller's Ace Hardware

4275 Washington RD
Canonsburg

MILLERSDALE EQUIPMENT

335 MILLERSDALE RD
Greensburg

Mobile Mower Service

1487 Martin rd.
Tarentum

MOYHER LAWN & GARDEN

4922 PLEASANT UNITY RD
Latrobe

North Hills Sales & Service

947 Perry Hwy
Pittsburgh

On Site Repair Services

34 Kathy st
Beaver Falls

ON SITE TUNE-UP

119 MOREWOOD RD
Glenshaw

PALERMO'S SHOE & ATHLETIC

6328 BUTLER ST
Pittsburgh

PANTONE LAWN & GARDEN

101 S MAIN ST
Pittsburgh

QUALITY MOWER SHOP

4195 OLD WILLIAM PENN HWY
Monroeville

RepairClinic.com Inc

48600 Michigan Ave

RHODES LAWN & GARDEN EQUIPMENT

321 ROBINSON RD
Imperial

ROGER A SHERMAN GENERAL REPAIR

170 KAISER RD
Butler

ROLLIERS HARDWARE

600 WASHINGTON RD
Pittsburgh

schlegel landscaping inc

1380 second st p.o. box 246

Sears Outlet

3700 William Penn Hwy
Monroeville

Sears Parts & Repair Center

3260 Washington Rd
Canonsburg

SHADE TREE RACING

535 CARBON CENTER RD
Butler

Shane Will Do It

251 woodkirk st

Stan's Lawn & Garden

341 Hannahstown Rd
Cabot

Steel City Mower & Plow

4162 Library Rd
Pittsburgh

Town County Lawn & Garden Center LLC

397 Big Knob Rd
Rochester

TRUCK & TRACTOR SALES INC

11800 ROUTE 22 HWY E
Seward

WESSEL LAWN MOWER REPAIR

11444 PERRY HWY
Wexford

ZAHN'S SERVICE INC

113 COLEMAN DR
New Brighton

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