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"Our 2 year old lawn mower wouldn't start and after doing some research online found out that the carburetor might need cleaned. This looked easy to do, so hubby" attempted it, but when putting it back together there was a pin that came out and he couldn't figure out how to get it to stay in. I found
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arrived at time of appointment and was very informative about what needed to be replaced. He had me come outside to show me the problem and where all the pieces went in the carburetor. Tuneup was completed and he tested out the mower by doing a few rows in the yard. We will definitely use his services again if have another issue with mower or need a tuneup.

-DIANE C.

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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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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 Pikesville

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Called and came promptly. Friendly. Did routine service on mower. Initially thought another issue was problem but after services mower ran well. So saved me $35.00. Unfortunately mower stopped next day with brief usage.
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returned and fixed what he thought might be original problem. Charged me $35.00. Mower runs like new and is 13 years old. Appreciate he didn't inially charge the extra $35.00 for services he thought at the time I did not need because mower worked.
- Julie A S.
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Excellent. The guys were very friendly and helpful. Price was fair and I'll definitely return. What I like about these guys is that they know their specialty and stick to it. All I saw were push mowers and not a variety of random other items. This is also why it only took a few days to repair during a busy mowing season.
- Michael K.
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Lawn tractor wouldn't start and when it did the transmission would put the vehicle into reverse improperly. Will
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fixed it and runs now like new.
On another occasion mice created a nest over the Winter and the tractor couldn't be started. Will came out, took the tractor in and fixed the problem. The lawn tractor was returned, all cleared up, and it ran great.
Will
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has demonstrated high expertise in engine repair and knowledge of my equipment but most importantly real honesty regarding the cost of repair. A great combination for a successful business.
- Walter S.
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If you're looking for honest, reliable and quick service don't hesitate to call
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. We hired another mobile service to maintain and repair our tractor but got no where. I found
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on Angie's List and called.
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came out the same day. Our tractor had not been running for several month. He took it to his shop and returned it within a week. He stayed at the house while my husband cut the grass to make sure the tractor was running properly. My husband was able to finish the lawn that day. The following week when he went to cut the grass the tractor stalled. He called
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who again came out the same day. He took the tractor back to the shop at no cost to us and returned within the week. He replaced the fuel pump and the tractor runs like new again. Hire this man to repair or service your lawn equipment. He is the BEST.
- lynn H.
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They got me right in and called me about and hour or so later with my
mower complete. Mower looked great, runs well, blade seems sharp, but I
did noticed the grass under the deck was not cleaned or scrapped off,
the grass that typically builds up. Not sure if my expectation was off
for this portion or if it was missed. Overall I would recommend this
service!
- Kevin T.
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They are excellent. Well, this is for business lawn that they do but it would be $70 per cut. They have good quality service at a good price.
- kerry W.
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Everything went well, from the time that I dropped off my generator to the time I picked it up. Mr.
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even explained to me how to properly store it for future use. I am definitely going to recommend
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to my family, friends, and associates.
- Erica P.
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was very professional. I was very impressed and pleased because these days, as you know, it is very difficult to get good customer service and good honest work. He explained what he believed was the problem and gave me options. No double talk or confusion/
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(Yay) He even explained why it was happening and recommended Rec90 fuel for small engines because regular gas has alcohol which corrodes the carburetor. Ie: put aluminum foil in gasoline and it will eventually turn white . The price was very fair and kept in constant contact Will use again and again (hopefully i won't have to though)
- Peter V.

Lawn Mower Repair Shops in Pikesville, MD

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Aberdeen Outdoor Power Equipment, Inc.

1514 S Philadelphia Blvd
Aberdeen

ANYTHING OUTDOORS

2060 BOLLINGER MILL RD
Finksburg

B&W

7502 Rossville Blvd
Rosedale

B.USA total landscaping llc

225 pittston circle
Owings Mills

BAY COUNTRY RENTALS

51 MAIN ST
Reisterstown

Chase Lawnmower Service

12532 Eastern Ave
Middle River

Down 2 Earth Full Grounds

PO Box 532
Phoenix

GAMBRILLS EQUIPMENT CO

8001 QUARTERFIELD RD
Severn

Gross & Brown Enterprises, LLC

8775 Cloudleap Court, Suite 200
Columbia

Hampstead Tool Rentals

2027 Hanover Pike (RT30)
Hampstead

Handyman Services Unlimited, Llc.

855 BIRCHWOOD CT
Arnold

Jacks Small Engines & Generator Services LLC

1745 W Jarrettsville Rd
Jarrettsville

Java Garage Auto Repair & U-Haul Rental

2700 Hanover Pk
Manchester

LEHMAN HARDWARE INC

5921 BELAIR RD
Baltimore

Leon Builders LLC

2750 North Rosedale Street
Baltimore

Multi-Purpose Landscaping

10301 Marriottsville Road
Randallstown

Rdc lawn mower repair

1450 Grimm road
Severn

RepairClinic.com Inc

48600 Michigan Ave

SJ Elsner's Lawnmower Sales & Service Inc

4028 Webster Rd
Havre De Grace

SoCo Electric

5646 brookswoods rd
Lothian

Strohmers Paint And Hardware

1742 Taylor Ave
Parkville

The Handy-Man

5600 Overlook court
White Marsh

TOTAL PROPERTY CARE

PO Box 165
Pasadena

VALUE EQUIPMENT INC

8228 BELAIR RD
Nottingham

WERTZ FARM & POWER

6877 LINEBORO RD

Wright's Country Landscaping Services

6126 Ebenezer Rd
Middle River

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