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Small Engine Repair through an Angies' List Big Deal. We set up a day for the repair; he could not specify a time because" he was very busy. Understandable!! I found a neighbor who could fix the problem of the snowblower not propelling. I called
and left him a voicemail cancelling our appointment; I also left him an email cancelling, explaining that I would use his service for a tune up at the end of the season. When I got his call the day after our cancelled scheduled appointment date and he told me that his tech had been there, I was pretty upset. I told him I had cancelled and he admitted he hadn't gotten to his messages and emails yet. When I asked what the guy had done, he didn't know. He didn't have paperwork; he had to call the guy while I was still on the phone. The lack of communication was clearly a problem. 1. Phone calls and emails weren't tended to on a timely basis 2. Technician did not communicate with me, the customer.
was told that I wasn't home. I was indeed home. My car was in the driveway. The tech did not call my phone or leave a message.
offered me a refund for my displeasure in the whole matter. I decided to let it go. It has been a very harsh winter. A little good will goes a long way.

-Mary-Lynn J.

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"Snowblower would not start Rebuilt carb freed up speed control check belts.Worked outside in 20 degree temp,snow& wind.Will be my go to guy for snowblower &" lawnmower repair.
is a very nice man to do business with.He was outside for 2.5 hours Will hire again

-Henry J K.

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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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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 Mocksville

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I called their shop, then brought the chipper-shredder by on Tuesday. The repairs were completed by Thursday afternoon and I picked it up on Friday morning. They have a lot of experience with small engine repairs and knew exactly what to do. They completed everything I requested quickly and for a reasonable cost. I am recommending them to our friends. The owner and his employee receive training on new developments by the different makers of small engines so they are up to date with the new equipment. I will use their services again if I need to.
- MICHAEL M.
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I was having trouble starting my one year old Husqvarna snow
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, so I contacted
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to ask him to stop by to see if he could figure out what the problem was. It took a little while for
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to get to me because of all the snow storms and subsequent busy schedule but believe me it was worth the wait. When
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arrived he took his time trying to diagnose the problem. After spending about an hour and a half in the freezing cold trying to get the snow
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started he decided it would be better for him to take the machine back to his shop.
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called a couple of days later to tell me he had the machine running and that it was an issue with the carburetor.
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is knowledgeable, fair, and honest. I would definitely use him again and would be happy to recommend him to anyone.
- David P.
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With the recent number of storms and all the snow we've had in New
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over the past month, new snow blowers are very hard to find and service is scheduled out at least a week at most shops. My snow blower broke two days before the last big storm. I called
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the day before the storm was supposed to hit expecting him to be scheduled out as well. To my surprise he told me that he couldn't pick up the snow blower at my home, but if I could get it to him in the next half hour or so, he would take a look at it for me. I loaded it into the van and drove right over to his shop. Within a couple minutes he found and replaced the bolt that had broken and In a little over an hour I was back home with a working snow blower!
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not only replaced the bolt that had broken, he also did a quick 'tune-up' for me, oiling all moving parts, cleaning off the friction drive plate for the rear wheels, making some adjustments to controls that were loose, and topping off the engine oil. I used
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once before for a lawn mower repair and both times I've been very pleased with his service.
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is very knowledgeable about the equipment he works on and both times I left his shop feeling like I had been treated as a friend that he was willing to go out of his way to help in a tight situation.
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definitely gets all my small engine business in the future!
- Don I.
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The service went fine. One technician came out for the job. I had little involvement with the service while they were out. I had no problem scheduling the deal.
- James C.
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After their service, when the first snowstorm hit, it would not start. At the time, they advised that you can leave gas in the tank but recommended adding stabilizer to it. I never had any issues with it not starting prior to the service.
- philip M.
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Picked up and dropped off our snow blower ($35 fee was added to the bill for this service). He missed the pickup the first week because he came after the window of time he gave me and I didn't want to leave it sitting outside and he had misplaced my phone number to call me. But once we rescheduled, it only took about a week for the repair to be done. Nice guy and reasonable for what he had to do.
- Kate L.
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They were very nice, got it done in only a few days (granted, this is February--we deliberately brought it in before the busy season!). Price was great--was lower than the website said. Was a special of some sort. Good people to deal with, glad we went there.
- LISA V.
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This is my third year using
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and they are excellent. Great communication to schedule, on time, and outstanding work. Using their annual tune up service has made my inexpensive push mower last for years. They're the best.
- Stacie K.

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Ace Hardware Jamestown

715 W MAIN ST
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6540 Holder Rd
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C & D Custom Log Finishing

222 Foster St
Burlington

HONDA OF WINSTON-SALEM

591 S STRATFORD RD
Winston Salem

JACKS NEW GRASS LAWN MOWER

4798 KINNAMON RD
Winston Salem

King Lawn & Garden Center

509 S Main St
King

L&H HandyMan Service

3662 Cornell Blvd
Winston-Salem

Mobile Lube Doctors

2214 patterson ave.
Greensboro

MRO Power Equipment

814 Guilford College Rd

Price Power Equipment

2116 N Bridge St
Elkin

RepairClinic.com Inc

48600 Michigan Ave

Sears Parts & Repair Services

7607 Boeing Dr
Greensboro

Stanley's Simply Green

398 Christine Lane
Thomasville

Tim Small Automotive

1015 Bates Chapel Rd
Jamestown

Triad Lawn Mower Sales & Service Inc

4200 N Cherry St
Winston Salem

Wildwood Landscaping

2110 Kivett Dr.
Greensboro

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