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"My lawnmower was picked up from my house quickly, which was great...really convenient. I was surprised by the unprofessional manner of the person who picked it" up: he reeked of cigarette smoke, was filthy, and I could hardly understand his bad speech. But he was friendly. The lawnmower needed some extra work and I had to pay an additional $152.81, totalling $241.81. I'm not sure if it was actually a good deal for me; I can't remember all the extra work that was done, but the repairs cost almost as much as the lawnmower, now that I think about it! The lawnmower was delivered upon completion of the work done on it, and it has been humming along very well this spring.

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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 Saint Louis

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Scheduling was easy, and they were willing to squeeze me into a busy spring schedule.
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arrived on time, was friendly and informative, thorough, and had my mower back in shape very quickly. I was impressed with how conscientious he was, courteous, and was able to work around my schedule. Plus, after years of me neglecting it, the fact that he got it going AND tuned up quickly was awesome.
Highly recommend, will definitely use again, and letting all the neighbors know as well!
- Elisabeth S.
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scheduled pick up and then delivered mower after service completed in very timely manner. I was impressed with quick turnaround considering that this time of year many homeowners are getting mowers and tools ready for Spring and summer yard work.
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service people were very courteous and answered any concerns I had. I also appreciated that Bill called to notify me that my mower's blade was bent, and asked for my okay to replace with new one, which I approved. All in all, I was very pleased with service and work performed and courtesy of everyone.
- Leah H.
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A very nice experience - my spouse and I took the mower in after work (nearly 6 p.m.) and he was still there. He took a look at the mower, listened to our complaint, then told us up-front what it would cost to repair the mower. It was done in 24 hours and when we went to pick it up the next day around 4 p.m. it was ready - it ran like a charm when I got it home! The fact the service was so fast was a huge deal since we really needed to get the grass cut between rainy days and didn't want to wait a week with grass up to our knees!
- Elizabeth and Dennis F.
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I was very happy with this service.
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called and set a date for someone to come and pick up my lawn mower and take it to be serviced. This is a fantastic service since I have always had difficulty getting my lawn mower in my car due to It's weight. I was promised that I would have it back in a week and I got it back right on time.
- Nancy K.
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Called, dropped trimmer off at place of business, was told it would be ready same day. I preferred to pick up next day. The device was started and run, I paid, thanked him and left. I believe it would have been ready the day before.
- Harry K.
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I took a pushmower that I couldnt get adjusted. The man was gruff but nice. He told me he could fix it and offered to have it done the same day. When I picked it up he told me only to use it for small jobs like a dogwalk - not an entire lawn. He said it was not the best mower for more than a dogwalk. He was right! I will definitely take my motorized mower there at the end of the season for a tuneup.
- Kathy V.
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The first time I took a mower to them I was charged an outrageous fee to simply change a cable that controls the self propel. It was a repair that takes less than 15 min. and they charged $100. Second time was to replace a gear in the mower wheel. Tried to add on services that were not asked for. Gouged me again. Third time I decided to give them another
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mostly because they are close, Was told I had to pay for a shield before work could be done. These guys will nickel and dime you to death. They truly do not appreciate your business. I will never purchase anything from this company ever again and will not under any circumstance use them for repair work. Way too expensive and they constantly try to add on work.
- Charles A.
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I try to support local business and avoid big box stores as much as possible so I found this business in the yellow pages in 2005 and checked it out with the BBB. He maintained a 6 year old
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mower purchased in 1999 for the first time. The mower was so clean that I didn't recognize it and thought he was giving me the wrong mower. I took the mower there again for maintenance again in 2009 and it still runs like new in 2011.
- KEVIN D.

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A & M Lawn Equipment & Sales LLC

15615 Manchester Rd
Ballwin

AFFTON LAWN & EQUIPTMENT

9875GRAVOIS RD
Saint Louis

Ango Kernan Rentals & Sales

9387 Page Ave
Saint Louis

Arco Distributing

101 Arco Dr
Saint Charles

ART'S LAWN MOWER SHOP INC

15 BLACK JACK CT
Florissant

ART'S LAWNMOWER SHOP

#15 BLACK JACK CT
Florissant

BAYLESS SMALL ENGINE REPAIR

3993 BAYLESS AVE
Saint Louis

Bens auto service

6216 hillsboro rd
Bonne Terre

BERTELS SALES & SVC

4664 SEILER RD

Bill's Place

7887 Mexico Rd
St Peters

BILL'S SERVICE CENTER, INC.

509 SONDEREN STREET
O'fallon

BLUEGRASS LAWNCARE OF ST LOUIS LLC

13852 FERGUSON LN
Bridgeton

BRIAN SMITH HANDYMAN & MORE

2510 FLAMINGO DR
Florissant

CDM LAWN & GARDEN EQUIPMENT INC.

1555 MISSOURI STATE RD
Arnold

CLIFF LITSCH HOME REPAIR

7716 BENMORE ST
Saint Louis

COMMERCIAL CUTS

1436 FEISE RD
O Fallon

COUNTRY TOWN

6920 MONTCLAIR AVE

Danial's Lawn Equipment LLC

4470 hwy 110
Desoto

DUNHAM SALES & SVC

5333 HAMPTON AVE
Saint Louis

EL MEL INC

6185 N HWY 67
Florissant

ELJAY LAWN PRODUCTS

7711 PAGE BLVD
Saint Louis

ET'S LAWN MOWER REPAIR SALES

2815 MERAMEC ST
Saint Louis

Exactly Cleaning & Contracting

2745 Westphalia Ct.
Saint Louis

FAMILY CENTER RANCH STORE

115 FAMILY CENTER DR
Bonne Terre

FINKE BROTHERS LAWN MOWER REPAIR

12529 MISSOURI BOTTOM RD
Hazelwood

GOEDECKER LAWNMOWER

157 RIES RD
Ballwin

Hampton Grounds

Carman Meadows
Manchester

Handy Dandy Home Services LLC

9764 Jarris Dr
St Louis

HARVESTER SMALL ENGINE

1430 JUNGS STATION RD
Saint Charles

HILLERMANN NURSERY & FLORIST

2601 E 5TH ST
Washington

HOME DEPOT

390 THF BLVD
Chesterfield

J & S SMALL ENGINE REPAIR LLC

18472 STATE ROUTE O
Rolla

John Deere Landscapes

1535 Fenpark Dr
Fenton

LAWN & MOWER DOC

680 WEISS RD
Saint Peters

Lonestar Handyman Services

13481 Garden Grove

Loyalty Lawn Care

2070 Exchange Dr
Saint Charles

Mance Outdoor Solutions

121 Chouteau Trace Pkwy

MIKES MOWER REPAIR SERVICE

#1 STREET
Florissant

Milbradt Lawn Equipment Co

11700 Olive Blvd
Saint Louis

Mobile Mower Maintenance

724 Forder Crossing Ct
Saint Louis

Mobile Mower Mechanics

10108 Gregory Ct
Saint Louis

MONTEBELLO SALES & SVC

5606 US HIGHWAY 61/67
Imperial

MOTTERT'S LAWNMOWER REPAIR

2228 TENBROOK RD
Arnold

MOWER MD

35 Marche Dr
Lake Saint Louis

PMC Super Tuners Inc.

174 Kings Dr
Florissant

RepairClinic.com Inc

48600 Michigan Ave

Rexs Lawnmowers Llc

120 PATRICIA HILL DR
Valley Park

ROBERT CONNOR

603 LAKEWOOD DR
Lake Saint Louis

ROGER'S HOME IMPROVEMENT INC

167 DELORD AVE
Maryland Heights

S & P Lawn Care

1143 Wilson Ave
Saint Louis

SCOTT'S POWER EQUIPMENT

11200 Saint Charles Rock Rd
Bridgeton

SCOTT'S POWER EQUIPMENT SOUTH

4031 W OUTER RD
Arnold

Southside Hardware

6401 Hampton Ave
Saint Louis

Southside Mower Repairs

3200 Morganford Rd
Saint Louis

VOSS SMALL ENGINE REPAIR

901 SAINT LOUIS AVE
Valley Park

WESTERN AUTO ASSOCIATE STORE

201 W PEARCE BLVD
Wentzville

Whitrock Services

3208 Sun Lake Drive
Saint Charles

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