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"Would just like to give Kudos to Vinny. During the blizzard we just had our snowblower started but the auger (?) wouldn't work. Needless to say we had to" get our shovels out, which was no battle against 2+ feet. E did have one neighbor that assisted us with his snow blower. We called Vinny the next day and told his wife our story; my brother has heart trouble and can't shovel so we needed to get the snow blower going. I'm sure that it was a pretty busy time for the snow blower business but Vinny came by the house within a couple of hours and took a look at the snow blower. Nothing major, the auger was frozen, Vinny got us going in no time, no charge. Thanks Vinny, we did apreciate your efforts and will surely keep you in mind for our future equipment needs. Thanks for your kindness.

-Sally R.

"We set a date and made arrangements for the work to be done without me having to be home. Mr.
arrived at the scheduled date and did the" tune-up and installed a replacement starter as the old one had failed. This work was performed in early December, but I waited until I gave the blower a real test under realistic conditions. Well, I just completed snow blowing around 30" of snow in my double wide, 4 car length driveway, and the snow blower worked as well as it did when it was new. I did have a small issue that I brought to his attention, and he got back to me promptly. I am a very satisfied customer and
will be my first call for all of this kind of work.

-Robert G.

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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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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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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.


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.


Lawn Mower Repair reviews in Riverview


Riverview Lawn Mower Repair Shops Provider Name Locked
was so professional and kind. They explained to my husband what he had to do to fix the lawn mower himself. They saved us over $60.00 and turned away business by helping us fix the mower ourselves. I have the utmost respect for this company and would not only use them again but highly recommend them. It's nice to see in this day and age that there are honest people who will actually help you out when you are in a bind.
- Cindy A.

Truly great to work with. Riding mower had been power washed and looked brand new! The leaf blower finally works correctly.
- Anna B.

It went very well. He took the tire off and realized it needed a new washer and bolt as the tire was falling off the machine. He did this in a very timely and professional manner. The poor grades that some customers are giving him are not indicative of the superior service he has given me. I would highly recommend him to any customer.
Riverview Lawn Mower Repair Shops Provider Name Locked
from Haverhill, Mass
- Mark B.

Left an message on Angie's List for the contractor. They contacted me within an hour and set up an appointment for the same afternoon. Mr.
Riverview Lawn Mower Repair Shops Provider Name Locked
showed up on time and repaired the engine of the snow-blower in my driveway. Charges were reasonable and the snow-blower starts and runs like a dream. Mr.
Riverview Lawn Mower Repair Shops Provider Name Locked
also explained the problems that gasoline with ethanol cause with small engines and gave me tips to prevent carbureter clogging in the future.
- James W.

I dropped off, and they called me a couple days later (sooner than they had estimated) telling me it was ready to be picked up. They flushed the fuel system. Fortunately, I haven't had to use it yet this winter, but I am counting on it starting right up when we get our next snow.

Went to start up my snow blower (4PM) . Noticed my snow blower's electric starter was loose just before Blizzard '15 got started . .. Called around and no one was available or willing to do a on site call. Vinny agreed to come to the house when I explained the problem. Quickly re-attached the started in my garage as the snow continued.
Snowblower started up without a problem.
Perfect Emergency repair.
- David P.

Contacted him by phone. Said he would contact me to make appointment. Waited over a month. He finally did contact me and made an appointment. Day of the appointment he was several hours late, but he did finally show up. He did the repair. Price seemed fair. A month later I contacted him for another, probably unrelated problem. He got defensive, told me to look at the invoice for the previous repair and note that warranty repairs were to be performed at his location. I never mentioned warranty or free service, but he kept harping on it. Said most call-backs were because of bad fuel. I told him the fuel was new, and I didn't expect free service. He finally agreed to set up an appointment in a week. Day of that appointment, I took time off work, and again he didn't show during the appointed time. I texted him see if he was coming. I received a phone call back, and he proceeded to chew me out for texting him! Said he is a 55 year old man and doesn't text. I tried to point out that in our original contact, I had phoned him and he had texted me back. He got more irate. I finally told him he was completely unreliable and I was never going to do business with him again, and he hung up. I think he is unbalanced. Never call this guy, even though he can fix things.

I used
Riverview Lawn Mower Repair Shops Provider Name Locked
for the first time this weekend and was absolutely thrilled. My 17 year old Honda single stage snow blower was not starting. Admittedly, I had not had it serviced EVER. I called Ed [the owner's name] on a Friday afternoon, and he was able to come out the next day at 9 am, and he arrived punctually. I was a little put off by the old VW vehicle he drove up in but any reservation went away when he started working on the machine. He had it running in a few minutes and then started to look at other performance of the machine, lubricating parts as needed. He changed the oil and spark plug. He also found the scraper bar on the bottom of the blower was also in need of replacing. This proved to be a arduous task for Ed. I was surprised when he actually had the parts and appropriate tools with him, but then had to cut the bolts off because they were rusted. When he put the new scraper in place, he also put some "goop" on the bolts to insure this might not happen again. All in all, he not only did what I had asked but really did a bang up job of getting this older machine working in good order and he also giving me tips for treating the gasoline and how to properly store the machine during the summer. His price seemed reasonable especially since I did not have bring the blower to him. TERRIFIC.
- Ray M.

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6412 US HIGHWAY 301 S

Advance Alternator Service

1982 Sherwood St.

Aegis Insurance Group, LLC

2575 Ulmerton Rd., 200

Al's Yard Arm Equipment Inc

705a Live Oak St

All Trades Tool & Machine Repair

5418 Ashton Ct Unit 3


6641 US HWY 301 S




17504 US HIGHWAY 41 N

Bud's Electric Motor Service, Inc.

405 South Missouri Avenue

Certified movers

14206 Grubbs lane




1427 E GARY RD

Discount Mower of Tampa

9910 E US Hwy 92


New Port Richey


4234 Sunniland St

Fairway Lawn Care Co

11235 Yewtree Ave
Port Richey

Grizzly Creek Home Services LLC

5818 Fishhawk Ridge Dr



M & C Mowers

725 14th Street

Mac Daddy Mowers

6630 Land o Lakes Blvd
Land O Lakes

Marks Mobile Lawn Equipment Repair

6733 Bonnie Blue Dr
Wesley Chapel


Land O Lakes

Mobile Mower Repair

5878 Swaying Palm Dr
Punta Gorda


Saint Petersburg

Pickelman's Lawn Mower Repair

3118 23rd Ave N
Saint Petersburg

PROTURN Property Solutions

634 Blue Taverna Ln

Quality Power

13377 W Hillsborough Ave

RepairClinic.com Inc

48600 Michigan Ave

Royal Edger & Mower Co Inc

10831 49th St N

Santana Repair and Sales

2522 W Tampa Bay Blvd


490 Cape Cod Loop

Southern Chemical & Equipment, LLC.

4380 B Independence Ct.

Top Discount Mower Repair

5172 commercial way
Spring Hill

Wallers Power Equipment

901 S Collins St
Plant City

Ward's Mower & Small Engine Repair

4016 Gallagher Rd
Plant City


7101 STATE ROAD 52

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