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"He came out to our house with all necessary equipment and did the work right in our driveway! It was a great deal, and we didn't have to worry about transporting" the mower and snowblower to another location in our car. Our snowblower hadn't been used in several years (we'd been living on the west coast for a while), and wouldn't start. He was able to get it running again, and even came back out a second time at no charge when we were unable to start it a second time. Works great now!

-Erin V.

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"Champion Power Equipment sent me to NorthernTool for warranty service on a portable generator.
had diagnosed 'bad gas' before" I even agreed to leave the machine. Rather than work with Champion under warranty
claims it was bad gas and charged me $55.00 to 'fix' it. It wasn't fixed. I had to take it to another service center which worked with Champion. Champion finally issued a bulletin regarding "hard to start" machines that dictated a starting procedure that has nothing to do with gas and has solved the problem. Considering the same gas powers my snow blower, lawn mower and leaf blower without problem; and considering that every time I ran the generator I shut the fuel valve off to burn off the gas in the carburetor leaving no residual gas to clog it, it's almost impossible for it to have been "bad gas." But, of course, it's easier to take five minutes to drain the gas and hold the machine hostage for $65.00 from me than the slower process of warranty service. If these people are not criminal they are certainly unethical. don't ever have them repair anything.

-Barney J.

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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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Lawn Mower Repair reviews in Pikesville

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I started taking my mower here about five years ago, leaving another large power equipment repair shop. They are VERY personable, thorough. They are honest; they don't try to talk you into more than you need. They do an excellent job and are very willing to answer any questions very thoroughly. And... I dropped off the mower Monday and it was done on Thursday. Would have been 6 weeks other places.
- Richard L.
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Everything went without a hitch. I especially liked that all the work was done right in my drive. When the snow came 6 weeks or so later, my snowblower started right up and performed like a champ. I plan on having
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back to get my lawn mower ready for next season. Great price. Great service!
- David A.
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The guys at
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were great. They showed up early, performed the mower winterization in about 30 minutes, and were gone before I knew it. They were very polite, explaining what they'd done at each stage, and left the site clean. I have no complaints whatsoever and will be using them in the future and recommending them to my neighbors.
- Benjamin H.
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The man who did the work arrived on time and was very professional. He came to my house, took the snowblower to his truck and did all the work right on the truck. Took less than 30 min and it was running so much smoother! Will be calling every year for maintenance and tune-ups because he made the process so easy. Would highly recommend!
- Ann S.
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Great. He returned my call immediately. Showed up on-time, assessed the job, explained what he thought the issue was and gave a quote real-time. My wife was home when he did the job, and he very clearly explained everything that he was doing. Will be using his services every year for annual maintenance.
- Keith S.
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I recently relocated to area and this is my first time needing a snow blower.
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was very helpful with explaining what to look for and did a thorough check of the machine and its parts.
I will be using
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for any other equipment needing repair or maintainance
- Ed M.
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This shop failed to investigate problems with my item and provide any warranty service. They are an authorized dealer for my product. One of the owner/operators was very disrespectful when I questioned their reluctance to provide warranty service.
- Frank P.
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The owner came out to our home (punctual) to perform an Angie's List special deal tune up but when unable to start it up, a closer look revealed that the carburetor was all gunked up and the snowblower was DOA. After providing some friendly advice on how to avoid killing the snowblower in the future, they loaded the patient on their truck and drove it their shop where they replaced the carburetor, winterized the monster for us and brought it back very quickly. Nice family owned business. Great experience.
- Holly D.

All 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

BAY COUNTRY RENTALS

51 MAIN ST
Reisterstown

Bryan LLC

2804 Alabama Ave
Halethorpe

Chase Lawnmower Service

12532 Eastern Avenue
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

REO Maintenance Solution, LLC

10451 Mill Run Circle
Owings Mills

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

TRUE VALUE HARDWARE

836 E FORREST AVE

VALUE EQUIPMENT INC

8228 BELAIR RD
Nottingham

WERTZ FARM & POWER

6877 LINEBORO RD

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