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"What impressed me the most about this provider is that the gentleman that OWNS this company is the individual that actually performed the work hands on and NOT by" someone that he had hired to work for him. This provider/OWNER has thirty four years of experience in the field of lawnmower repair and maintenance. He took time out to explain to me his typical repair and maintenance procedure. He advised me that he would contact me if there were any out of the ordinary issues that needed to be addressed. Fortunately, there were no such issues. When I came by to pick up my lawnmower, he again took time out to explain what repair and maintenance he had performed. When I dropped my lawnmower off, he helped me unload it from my pickup. When I came back to pick up my lawnmower, he helped me load it back into my pickup. He is a walking encyclopedia and repair manual relative to the work he does. He is neighborly and is the consummate professional. I am totally satisfied with the work performed by this provider and would utilize his services in the future. A truly pleasant and valuable experience it was dealing with this provider.

-Lew & Cheryl S.

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"Everything went very well, they were very friendly and helpful in explaining how to the machine, and I really appreciate their patience, and how accommodating they" were with me; they even offered to loan me equipment since they were backed up in scheduling.

-Elvira D.

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Lawn mower repair

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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 ...

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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 Berne

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Very professional.
I really do not know the going rate for this type service, but they were local, they picked up and dropped off the mower, because I do not have a truck.
There was a bit of confusion towards the end, as there were two work orders open for the same mower and was trying to process a second time after I had already paid for the service and was waiting for delivery. They had to call me back after they eventually figured it out and got it fixed.
Regardless, I will use them again.
- Les S.
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Called another Concord small engine shop over by the fair grounds who didn't want to fool with the repair but more interested in selling me a new machine. Knew that was a bunch of bull and called
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. He said bring it out that he would check it out. Left it with him and he called a few hours later to say the hedge trimmer was read to pickup.
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my is very responsive, fair and reasonable. Recommend highly and will definitely be going back for all of mysmall engine repairs!
- Kevin C.
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Professionally came to home on time. Very polite and began service promptly. Serviced push shelf drive mower and pressure washer. Replaced air-filters power cleaned carbonator and replaced carbonator and replaced spark plugs and oil.
- Mark F.
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Ric and his team were absolutely fantastic!!! When the snow blower was dropped off we received a call to let us know all the things that were wrong and the repairs were made and the snow blower was back to us in no time. Ric is a very honest and up front business owner, his prices were unbeatable and I would recommend him to anyone that needs repairs to snow blowers, lawn mowers, tractors, etc. Thanks Ric for the great service!!!
- Alisa C.
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was right on time. It was raining and rather cold out but he was prepared to work outside if necessary using battery powered equipment although he worked in my garage. He had already picked up the necessary parts. The work which included oil change, belt replacement, deck removal, blade sharping,deck leveling and filter cleaning and overall inspection of the mower. He explained the current condition of the mower letting me know that a belt pulley may need replacement in the future but saw no reason to spend extra money at this time.
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is a true professional with years of small moter repair experience working on this equipment for a living. I have paid more for this type of service in the past including pick up and delivery charges and the mower still was not running when I got it back.
don't waste your money taking your equipment to some dealer or paying to have it picked up when
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will come to you. Plus you get to know who worked on your equipment and if it's not working just right you know who to call. I will use
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again and again as will my neighbors.
- john W.
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We purchased two $79 deals as we were in need of tuneups and repair on two machines. This is the greatest idea ever - a mobile service that comes to the customer. We were contacted within the stated period of time and a prompt appointment was set. Because we are located within the covered area, the trip was free! Each snow blower was located at a different house a couple streets away from each other. They fixed one, then went to check the other. Unfortunately the second machine was in need of more serious repair, so they took it to their shop. It took a few weeks for the part to come in, but it is an older model and it was a bit of a challenge. I am happy to say it was returned last week and all is fine! Thank you very much to this company. They were polite, skilled, friendly, and humorous. We would call them again with pleasure and already spread the word. We thank them very much and are sure anybody in need of a yard machine repair will love them as much as we do.
- Lynda L.
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Mr.
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was entirely professional and extremely competent in his field. He was able to partially diagnose my problem after I described it to him over the phone. He was spot on. He picked up and delivered my generator as an added free service as I had no way to carry it myself. His estimate was very fair and on the money. He delivered the generator back in the time frame specified. He was extremely pleasurable to deal with. I will seek his services for small engine repair as long as I live in the area and he is open for business. A++.
(He did the work at his place of business in Gloucester, Virginia.)
- Jeffrey R.
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Tune up for both mowers. Replaced badly corroded fuse that was
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behind the battery.
Our schedule was flexible so
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was able to come out right away. His fee was very reasonable considering the time spent.
We used
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repair service when our mowers were under warranty and were not as happy with them. After experiencing
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exceptional work, we will never use anyone else.

- Robin S.

Lawn Mower Repair Shops in Berne, NY

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Acute Builders LLC

19 New Hampshire Ave
Rensselaer

BLUE SPRUCE LANDSCAPING

PO Box1319
Clifton Park

Brothers Landscaping & Contracting

551 Miller Rd #2
Hudson

DeLollo's Hardware

701 19TH ST
Watervliet

Emerich Sales & Service

187 Valentine Rd
Ballston Lake

Emerich Sales & Service inc.

1369 Route 9 ( Saratoga Rd )
Fort Edward/S Glens Falls

Green Wave Lawn And Landscape

1825 Van Vranken Ave
Schenectady

Infinite Landscape

9 Ave c west

lanpherelandscaping

6 gillen tarrce

Morehouse Enterprises

203 oregon ave
Schenectady

Red Rock Enterprises

82 Tymeson rd
Averill Park

RepairClinic.com Inc

48600 Michigan Ave

Robinsons Ace Hardware

1874 WESTERN AVE
Albany

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