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"Kyson determined the problem within a few minutes, and repaired it. I told him I liked learning about how things function, and he spent time explaining and demonstrating" the mechanics of the snowblower. I also asked him to do a tuneup of the engine, and after checking the oil, and how the engine was running, he told me it wasn't necessary. That is honesty in action! I will use Kyson again, and will recommend him to friends and neighbors.

-Arden W.

"Kyson arrived on time and got right to work. Within no time at all my snow blower is running like new. He cleaned the carburetor, replaced the oil and spark plug" and even pumped up the tires. Starts first time now with little to no effort. First tune up I've had on the machine in 15 years and it runs like new.

-John W.

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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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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.

Failure to perform routine mower maintenance can lead to problems in spring. (Photo by Katie Jacewicz)
Lawn Mower & Power Tool Repair

If your lawn mower won't start, it might have a clogged air filter or bad spark plug. A lawn mower repair pro walks you through mower maintenance & start 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.


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.

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.

Lawn Mower Repair reviews in Salt Lake City


Great job! Kyson (the owner) quickly diagnosed the problem and took care of it promptly. Also gave me very good maintenance advice. Completely professional and very honest and likable.
- Bill A.

Prompt on calling back and appointment time. I love the fact that it is mobile. I didn't have to figure out how I was going to get the lawn mower to shop. I will use them again and refer them to all of my friends. Thank you
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- Tracie Y.

Went very well - he showed up early (after calling ahead to make sure that was OK), did all the repair work right on a little stand on the back of his van, and ended up with the mower running like new. (It had been running before, but not at all well.) Friendly, fast, and effective. Recommended.

After I had rebuilt the carb and changed the spark plug, Kyson came out and found the problems. The primer wasn't working because the gasket wasn't fitting right, and the float wasn't seated properly. He got the mower running, after it had been sitting for 3-4 years, and saved me tons of money.
- Joni C.

This was one of the best service experiences I have ever had -- seriously. Their van came to us on short notice and they got right to work fixing our mower. I could not believe how
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it was. I think all the work was done in about 30-40 minutes. It was an incredibly good price, too. I would have expected to pay double what they charged. The mower works like new again. Could not recommend them any higher.
- Scott N.

We had not used our snow blower in a number of years and wanted to get it serviced so that we could start using it again. Call to set up appointment was initiated quickly by provider and an appointment was made on a date that was convenient for us. He called approximately 20 minutes before the appointment time to let us know he was on his way. He tuned up the blower and replaced a part that was defective due to age and got it working properly. Was very happy with the service and would definitely use him again.
- Yoshiko G.

I chose this company because it received favorable reviews on Angie's List. They were the ones with the most local reviews, and a positive image. He was very honest in hist assessment. He said the engione wasn't worth fixing, but I still had the option to pay for a new carbuerator kit...but if the cylinder was scored, then the new kit wouldn't do any good.
It was decent of them to not start work without my say-so. In fact, I felt so good about it that I bought a new snow
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from them when they told me about a sale they were having, and gave me advice as to the best engines out there. If I am going to buy, then it will be done locally whenever possible, from local companies that give back to the community.
- Aaron F.

So helpful! Kyson came out to my house to fix my lawnmower. Turns out I needed an air filter that the company no longer makes. He went above and beyond tracking down the part to arrive. Then, he impressed me with a full tune up and blade sharpening. He even adjusted the length of the pull cord as I was having a difficult time with it.
- Shelley C.

All Lawn Mower Repair Shops in Salt Lake City

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A & M Outdoor Home Center

126 E 4600th S


Pleasant Grove

BC Small Engine Repair

1573 W Phillips St


530 W 1500 S Suite E
Woods Cross

Crowell's Flying Wrench Mobile Repairs

299 E. Brahma Dr
Salt Lake City

Cutler's Inc

271 North State St

Dan's Handyman Services

223 East Antelope Drive

DP General Contractor

2633 Van Buren Ave


969 S 300 W
Salt Lake City

Flying Wrench Mobile Repairs

53 E Main Street
American Fork

Gurney Mobile Service

738 South Rice Road


1384 N MAIN ST

Ivester's Tree & Lawn

207 S 100 WEST


2102 S 875 E



Landscape Legend

136 E 1600 S

Lawnmower Hospital

4555 S 600 E
Salt Lake City

Mengs Landscaping

3966 W Spencer Crest
West Jordan


Salt Lake City

Ogden Lawn & Garden

1144 Century Dr.

Parley's Hardware

260 S 1200 W


7235 S 900 E


PO Box 71680
Salt Lake City

Ratchet Man Mobile Repair, LLC

11290 S. Windy Peak Ridge

RepairClinic.com Inc

48600 Michigan Ave


4225 S 500 W
Salt Lake City

Rob's Machinery Repair & Electrical Service

4139 Shoshone Lake Dr
West Jordan



Run Wright Small Engine

2332 S 2885 W

Small Engine Surgeon

97 N Center St
American Fork

Utah Lawn Aeration and Power Rake

Salt Lake Valley And Utah County Valley

Western Heating & Air Conditioning

235 Mountainlands Dr

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