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"My riding mower stopped working. I called this vendor and explained what I thought was the problem. He advised me that it would be counterproductive and expensive" the long term to try to repair this mower. He said it could be repaired, but it would likely break down again soon. Nothing is manufactured to last anymore. Things engineered to break down as part of the job security program of all modern manufacturers. Quantity rather than quality! I feel this vendor was honest with me and if I were in a position to use his services, I would contact him first.

-Jon M.

"The tent was in good shape. Very rude to customer. I used the tent all Sunday and had to return by Monday at 8 am for one day rental charge. It was spring. We had" lots of rain and all the from the trees was falling. They charged me a cleaning fee because it was still wet and had on it. If you're paying rental prices and it needs to be reopened, checked and repacked for next customer anyway, they shouldn't be charging to wipe down. There was no damage or dirt. What made me really angry was the staff person said to me, "It doesn't take that much to wipe down the tent." Exactly, which is why I am paying rental prices! I'm paying $100 to rent probably a $300 tent. He has poor customer service. It's all in a manner of how you talk to your customer. If he had been nicer about explaining, I wouldn't be complaining. I'm a stroke survivor and was exhausted from the whole event. A little customer service and politeness goes a long way. I will not patronize again.

-Janet B.

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Lawn Mower Repair and Maintenance

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.

push lawnmower

Keep your push mower, riding mower, reel mower, weed trimmer or edger maintained and clean with these tips.

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Here's how to jump start your spring lawn and landscape projects.

Lukas has had to recruit family and friends to help with the yardwork portion of his business. (Photo by Sandy Moreland)

Lukas Moreland started his lawn care and lawn mower maintence business when he was just 14. Find out what motivates him to keep the business going.

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Having trouble starting your lawn mower? Angie Hicks explains why it's a bad idea to leave old fuel in your lawn mower for an extended period of time.

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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.
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Since it would not start BEFORE you took it in for service, hard to blame them - even if rainfall did get in it, because they would assume when you delivered it that it was in "normal" condition, whjich presumably meant vaent closed. By "vent" on top of the gas tank I am not sure what you mean - a "vent" should not let a lot of water in, but if you mean the filler cap then certainly you would get about as much water depth in the tank as the number of inches of rain you had while it was sitting out.


Another possibility - vent was open during your fall washing down, and wash water got into the tank, which then ended up in the gas can for the winter, then back to the mower in the spring.


Other possibility - your gas can picked up a lot of water over the winter, particuylarly if metal and stored in a location where it could warm up during the day (evaporates gas) then as it cools overnight forms a partial vacuum so it pulls in moist air, which then condenses in the can and settles to the bottom. If using normal pour spout, the first thing out of the can in the spring would be the water (would be first into spout as you pour out), so water from the can might have gone into the mower at first filling.


Another possibility which is amazingly common - little Johnny decides to fuel the mower for you and poured water or bug juice or such in there.


BTW - most fuel stabilizers do NOT trap water - fuel stabilizer put a very thin layear on top of the liquid to retart evaporation, so your gaoline does not turn to diesel or sludge. To trap water and keep it from settling out you need alcohol - like Heet. Also, when draining tank, you should drain the first part into a clear containear (mayonnaise jar or such) then after it has settled a few seconds pour back to the can, leaving the water in the bottom of the jar to be disposed of.

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Lawn Mower Repair reviews in Saint Louis


In an ever growing world of business organizations providing poor customer service and reneging on promises, has jumped to the top of the list. After taking a snow blower in for repair, I was first told that I would be charged $40 just to look at it, but the fee would apply should I decide to go forward with the repair. Mysteriously, ...More I was told later the same day that the repair cost would be extensive and I should just buy another one. Shortly thereafter, I was introduced to a salesman and shown a new snow blower. I noted that I could get the same machine for 10% less at another dealer and the agreement that was made, was that would offer the same discount given that the $40 I was charged earlier would apply to the deal. Afterwards, I was ironically informed that I had to wait almost 3 weeks until a new shipment of machines came in. Now, after waiting for weeks, I am told that because I picked up my old machine, would not honor the deal they made with me. Never once was I told that I was expected to forfeit my old machine and I even told the salesman that I could wait and limp along with my old machine for a while if necessary. He said that plan was fine and he appreciated my patience. (He knew I took back the old machine!) Moreover, the $40 was a fee to inspect the old machine. There was never an understanding that I would leave/give up the old one. What I experienced today are the sleazy, unethical, and dishonest tactics one would expect to endure at a low rent used car dealership. Any potential customer should beware and avoid this establishment. There are plenty of other places to get the same equipment that are honest and trustworthy. I will never again do business with this dishonorable merchant.
- Adam A.

It went great! Picked up and delivered as promised. Will definitely use again! Very friendly and accommodating.

Price wasn't zero but I can say it was very reasonable. I have recommended this business to my friends.
- Linda S.

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, ...More 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.
- Lisabetta T.

Scheduling was easy, and they were willing to squeeze me into a busy spring schedule. 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 ...More 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.

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. service people were very courteous and answered any concerns ...More 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.

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 ...More 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.

I was very happy with this service. 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.

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.

Lawn Mower Repair Shops in Saint Louis

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5 Star Construction

1964 farm valley dr


Saint Louis

Ango Kernan Rentals & Sales

9387 Page Ave
Saint Louis

Arco Distributing

101 Arco Dr
Saint Charles


Saint Louis

Bill's Place

7887 Mexico Rd
St Peters


Saint Louis


Saint Louis


6185 N HWY 67

Elevate Construction Inc

1000 S Fairfield Drive


Saint Louis


Saint Louis

Exactly Cleaning & Contracting

2745 Westphalia Ct.
Saint Louis



Hampton Grounds

Carman Meadows

Handy Dandy Home Services LLC

9764 Jarris Dr
St Louis




Saint Louis

Loyalty Lawn Care

2070 Exchange Dr
Saint Charles

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


5606 US HIGHWAY 61/67


35 Marche Dr
Lake Saint Louis

Ready Repair

1067 N. Warson Rd.
St. Louis

RepairClinic.com Inc

48600 Michigan Ave


Lake Saint Louis

S & P Lawn Care

1143 Wilson Ave
Saint Louis


11200 Saint Charles Rock Rd

Shepards Landscaping

5100 Grace St.

Southside Hardware

6401 Hampton Ave
Saint Louis

Southside Mower Repairs

3200 Morganford Rd
Saint Louis

Steve's Lawn Care and Odd Jobs

5 Colonial Ct

Valley Park Welding

621 St. Louis Ave
Valley Park




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