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shop and I must say we would do it again in a heartbeat. My" husband had snapped a screw off on a blade cover and had no idea on how to repair it. So I found
name on Angie's List and we called immediately. Within a short period of time Bill returned our call and said that he could fix it. We offered to make the trip to the south end of town to drop off the mower. Bill does have a very neatly kept shop and is extremely busy so we weren't sure if he wanted us to leave the mower or pick it up later in the day. He was kind enough to offer to fix it as soon as possible. We did some sightseeing and he called us back within a half an hour to say the mower was fixed. I realize a lot of people would not say this, but I wish Bill would have us charged more than he did considering he went through a few drill bits to resolve the problem. However, he was very gracious and said it was all in a days work. What a nice person! Not only would we recommend Bill, but we are planning on bringing him our pressure cleaner for a tune-up. I am not surprised that he is an award
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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.

Regular, preventive maintenance will prolong the life of your lawn mower. (Photo by Katie Jacewicz)
Lawn Mower & Power Tool Repair

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 Tampa

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Bill was great! I called him and he acepted my mower the same day. When I got it home and mowed the lawn....it was like using a brand new mower. I will take my mower to him annually from now on! He was fairly priced, on time and very knowledgable.
- Cathy S.
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He is a very honost man and very easy to work with. He performed the work as expected and it was reasonably priced. He came on time and he finished on time as well.
- ronda C.
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I thought it went very well, the price was more than fair since he came out to my house. My husband works all the time and it would be me getting it fixed. He was great and I would hire him again.
- Melissa K.
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The mower works like new. Bill does great work and takes half the time and charges half the money other mower repair places in Tampa charge. This guy is truly a pro.
- BRIAN B.
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His price is reasonable. Although I had to travel to him (he doesnt go south of bearrs), it was worth the trip. He fixed my mower while I waited, and it runs like new.
- KAYOKO & HUGH H.
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We originally started out looking for someone to repair our chainsaw. After doing a
Tampa Lawn Mower Repair Shops Provider Name Locked
and reading the comments of others we decided to take our chainsaw and our edger to him. When we got to
Tampa Lawn Mower Repair Shops Provider Name Locked
he explained that he did not work on chainsaws but could fix the edger. Told us the cost, what the problem might be, took our number and said it should take about an hour. In half an hour he called to pick it up.
He was fast, reasonably priced, explained in detail and showed us what he did.
We are now going to take him our pressure washer to repair and I have also told my brother and other relatives of
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service.


- Eric S.
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Bill did great. He appears to be a one man shop so you need to schedule a drop off time and he'll call you when it is ready to schedule a pick-up. In my case he had my three pieces serviced and ready in under 24 hours. I thought I would get a little more time to use the "mower is in the shop" excuse for not mowing the lawn.
- Todd B.
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Took three weeks to get work done which was a little long but they had just moved in to the new place the day I brought the machine in. When they did get to it, determined carb needed replacing due to ethanol damage. When I picked up machine, they demonstrated that it started right away and worked like new. Only issue was kinked hose end which they bent back in shape but it looked to me to now be a weak spot that would soon break. Did not pursue them to replace since the hose was 6 years old. Bought a new hose at Home Depot.

Asked for a quote for all new lawn equipment (intended to discontinue lawn service in the Spring) and was promised that they would work up a quote for a mower, trimmer and edger. Never heard back from them. Again, it may be because they were swamped with setting up the new location.
- John G.

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4 Wheel Online

5911 Benjamin Center Dr.
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A TO Z ENTERPRISES INC

6412 US HIGHWAY 301 S
Riverview

AARON SMALL ENGINE REPAIRS

7600 PARK BLVD
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Ace Hardware Palm Harbor

35125 US Hwy 19 N
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Advance Alternator Service

1982 Sherwood St.
Clearwater

Aegis Insurance Group, LLC

2575 Ulmerton Rd., 200
Clearwater

Affordable Mowers

3800 58th St N
Saint Petersburg

AJ Landscaping

2050 Magnolia Drive

AL'S YARD ARM EQUIPMENT

705 LIVE OAK ST
Tarpon Springs

Al's Yard Arm Equipment Inc

705a Live Oak St
Tarponsprings

ALL SEASONS SMALL ENGINE REPAIR

1437 US Highway 19
Holiday

All Trades Tool & Machine Repair

5418 Ashton Ct Unit 3
Sarasota

ALLEN ELECTRIC & APPLIANCE CO

6641 US HWY 301 S
Riverview

Aloha Lawn Care

2703 Betty Place
Holiday

AMERICAN CARBIDE SAW INC

5451 W WATERS AVE
Tampa

AMERICAN LAWNMOWER

300 1ST ST NW
Largo

Ameritech Pressure Cleaning Inc

14730 N Nebraska Ave
Tampa

ANTHONY PELLIGRINO LAWN MOWER REPAIR

5020 STATE RD 54
New Port Richey

B & B Mobile Auto Repair

10934 Country Haven Drive
Lakeland

Bob's Discount Mower Repair

6870 66th St N
Pinellas Park

BRADENTON LAWN & FUN INC

6004 43RD AVE W
Bradenton

BRANDON BIKE & MOWER WORLD

118 CENTRAL DR
Tampa

Brandon Mower Inc

148 Central Dr
Brandon

BRAUN'S ENTERPRISES

17504 US HIGHWAY 41 N
Lutz

BREEZY POINT PROPERTY MAINTENANCE & REPAIR

1 U.S HWY 19 COMMERCIAL WAY
Brooksville

Brooksville Mower

414 Ponce De Leon Blvd
Brooksville

Bud's Electric Motor Service, Inc.

405 South Missouri Avenue
Clearwater

Citrus Park Lawn Care

13403 Ironton Dr
Tampa

CUTTING EDGE LAWN EQUIPMENT

2095 E EDGEWOOD DR
Lakeland

Dallas' Fix It Shop

1427 E Gary Rd
Lakeland

David Griffith

17432 Garden Heath Ct
Land O Lakes

Discount Mower of Tampa

9910 E US Hwy 92

DIXIE CHOPPER

10831 49TH ST N
Clearwater

DON'S SMALL ENGINE & MOWER RPR

5804 MARINA DR
Bradenton Beach

Doudna's Seminole Mowers Inc.

8700 Seminole Blvd.
Seminole

E & E SVC

4581 45TH AVE W
Bradenton

EAST RICHEY LAWN MOWER & SMALL

6721 MASSACHUSETTS AVE
New Port Richey

EJM & ASSOC LAWN SVC

4234 Sunniland St
Sarasota

ERICKSON LAWN MOWER

8914 W KNIGHTS GRIFFIN RD
Plant City

Fairway Lawn Care Co

11235 Yewtree Ave
Port Richey

FAMILY LAWN CARE

2606 GOLDEN ANTLER LN
Lutz

Frostproof Auto Recycling

560 N. Scenic Hwy
Frostproof

GATOR POWER INC

1209 E BEARSS AVE
Lutz

GLENCO EQUIPMENT INC

3531 Gardenia St
Sarasota

GLS LANDSCAPING

5105 KEYSVILLE AVE
Spring Hill

Grass Mowers

11131 Seminole Blvd.
Largo

GREENER THE GRASS

3892 W Whippoorwill St
Lecanto

Grizzly Creek Home Services LLC

5818 Fishhawk Ridge Dr
Lithia

GROWES PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

6165 90TH AVE N
Pinellas Park

Handy Dad Services

PO Box 20538
Bradenton

Harry's Fix It Shop, Inc

PO Box 513
Odessa

HERON LAWN EQUIPMENT REPAIR

1500 US HIGHWAY 17 92 N
Haines City

Hickman's Quik Tune LLC

3105 Wren Lane
Mulberry

HIGHLAND EQUIPMENT

190 US HIGHWAY 17 N
Bartow

Home Depot

1524 E Brandon Blvd
Brandon

HY-TECH POWER EQUIPMENT

6023 15TH ST E
Bradenton

I-4 Power equipment

1905 S. Frontage Road
Plant City

ISLAND HOPPER LAWN MOWER REPAIR SHOP

330 13TH AVE S
Saint Petersburg

JIM'S MOBILE LAWN MOWER REPAIR

1314 NEPTUNE DR.
Ruskin

JIM'S MOBILE LAWN MOWER REPAIR

39649 AMBER AVE
Zephyrhills

John's Lawn Mowers

1743 S Pinellas Ave
Tarpon Springs

KHANH NGUYEN LAWN SVC

5347 SHAW ST
New Port Richey

KNT Enterprises

1551 Beverly Dr
Clearwater

LAKELAND SMALL ENGINE REPAIR

833 N MASSACHUSETTS AVE
Lakeland

LAWN PATROL

778 30th ave s

LAWNMOWER REPAIR CTR

4824 US HIGHWAY 92 E
Lakeland

LAWNMOWER SPECIALTIES

422 N WABASH AVE
Lakeland

M & C Mowers

725 14th Street
Wimauma

Mac Daddy Mowers

6630 Land o Lakes Blvd
Land O Lakes

Marks Mobile Lawn Equipment Repair

6733 Bonnie Blue Dr
Wesley Chapel

MENZ STUFF

10619 LAND O LAKES BLVD
Land O Lakes

Mobile Mower Repair

5878 Swaying Palm Dr
Punta Gorda

MOTORSPORT TRACTOR

17630 US HIGHWAY 41 N
Lutz

Mower Mart

11630 Pyramid Drive
New Port Richey

MOWER PARTS PLUS

4304 LOUIS AVE
Holiday

Neeld-Gordon Garden Center

1258 19th St N
Saint Petersburg

North Lakeland Lawn Equipment

8740 US Hwy 98 N
Lakeland

NORTH PORT SMALL ENGINE REPAIR

PO Box 8199
North Port

NORTHEAST MOWERS

4301 HAINES RD N
Saint Petersburg

P & B SALES & SVC

503 BROAD ST
Brooksville

PALMETTO MOWER

3432 6th Ave W
Palmetto

PETE ROOT BUSHOG SVC

280 S MCCALL RD
Englewood

Pickelman's Lawn Mower Repair

3118 23rd Ave N
Saint Petersburg

POPOVICH MOWERS SALES & SVC

6909 GIBSONTON DR
Gibsonton

ProGreen Landscaping Of Tampa Bay

5400 S. West Shore Blvd
Tampa

PROTURN Property Solutions

634 Blue Taverna Ln
Clearwater

QUALITY MOWERS

2066 1/2 GULF TO BAY BLVD
Clearwater

Quality Power

13377 W Hillsborough Ave
Tampa

Quick-Fix Lawn Equipment & Repair

27839 US Highway 19 North
Clearwater

QUIK-TUNE

3105 WREN LN
Mulberry

RAPID ROY'S

7180 61st St N
Pinellas Park

RepairClinic.com Inc

48600 Michigan Ave

Road Mechanic

5337 N Socrum Loop Rd
Lakeland

Rob's Repair Service

1010 Sunshine Drive E
Lakeland

ROBIN ROAD REPAIR SERVICE

2120 E EDGEWOOD DR
Lakeland

Royal Edger & Mower Co Inc

10831 49th St N
Clearwater

RPM MOWER REPAIR

249 SEABOARD AVE
Venice

RYAN LEHNING TRACTOR SVC

2803 WINTERSET PARK
Winter Haven

Santana Repair and Sales

2522 W Tampa Bay Blvd

ScottshandyManService

490 Cape Cod Loop

Small Engine Repairs

5002 Lena Rd
Bradenton

Southern Chemical & Equipment, LLC.

4380 B Independence Ct.
Sarasota

Standout Solutions, LLC

448 Venice Ave E.
Venice

Tesoro del mar

6135 Palmer Blvd Unit B-1
Sarasota

The Lawnmower Man

935 72nd St N
Saint Petersburg

THE TOOL DOCTOR

502 36TH ST W
Bradenton

Tom's Odd Jobs

Spring Hill

Top Discount Mower Repair

5172 commercial way
Spring Hill

TRACTOR SUPPLY CO

18741 CORTEZ BLVD
Brooksville

TWO GUYS MOWING

PO BOX 7121
Hudson

TYLER'S FIELD MOWING

3867 18TH AVE S
Saint Petersburg

VBG Contractors

529 Interstate Court
Sarasota

Wallers Power Equipment

901 S Collins St
Plant City

Ward's Mower & Small Engine Repair

4016 Gallagher Rd
Plant City

WARNER'S LAWN & POWER

1941 Sterling Glen Ct
Sun City Center

WESCO-TURF INC

2101 CANTU CT
Sarasota

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