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"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.

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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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Experts in lawn mower maintenance say there’s a fix for common issues, but major problems often cost more to repair than buying a new lawn mower.

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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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Lawn Mower Repair reviews in Salt Lake City

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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.
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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.
- SEAN I.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Made the appointment with
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. Thirty minutes before he was to arrive at my house he called to say he was on his way. He arrived on time and was very courteous and professional. Great customer service and great price. I am a very satisfied customer.
- Joanne E.

All Lawn Mower Repair Shops in Salt Lake City, UT

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A & M Outdoor Home Center

126 E 4600th S
Ogden

AL & MARKS

1271 W STATE RD
Pleasant Grove

BC Small Engine Repair

1573 W Phillips St
Kaysville

CROFT POWER EQUIPMENT

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
Orem

Dan's Handyman Services

223 East Antelope Drive
Layton

DP General Contractor

2633 Van Buren Ave
Ogden

ELDREDGES' SALES & SVC

969 S 300 W
Salt Lake City

Flying Wrench Mobile Repairs

53 E Main Street
American Fork

Gurney Mobile Service

738 South Rice Road
Farmington

HONEST ENGINE SALES & REPAIR

1384 N MAIN ST
Layton

Ivester's Tree & Lawn

207 S 100 WEST
Tooele

J D MOWERS & LAWN CARE

2102 S 875 E
Clearfield

JNJ SMALL ENGINES

219 E STATE ST
Lehi

Landscape Legend

136 E 1600 S
Bountiful

Lawnmower Hospital

4555 S 600 E
Salt Lake City

Mengs Landscaping

3966 W Spencer Crest
West Jordan

MOUNGAAFI

4049 MONTAIA DR
Salt Lake City

Ogden Lawn & Garden

1144 Century Dr.
Ogden

Parley's Hardware

260 S 1200 W
Orem

PEHRSON'S POWER EQUIPMENT

7235 S 900 E
Midvale

QUICKS OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT

PO Box 71680
Salt Lake City

Ratchet Man Mobile Repair, LLC

11290 S. Windy Peak Ridge
Sandy

RepairClinic.com Inc

48600 Michigan Ave

RMT EQUIPMENT

4225 S 500 W
Salt Lake City

Rob's Machinery Repair & Electrical Service

4139 Shoshone Lake Dr
West Jordan

RON'S FIX-IT SHOP

1390 W OLD HIGHWAY RD
Morgan

Run Wright Small Engine

2332 S 2885 W
Syracuse

Small Engine Surgeon

97 N Center St
American Fork

Utah Lawn Aeration

Salt Lake Valley And Utah County Valley
Riverton

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