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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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Lawn Mower & Power Tool Repair

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.

Angie's Answers

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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 Uhrichsville

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They were WONDERFUL!! The day of the pick up it stormed, and there was a great deal of flooding and closed roads in the area, I really thought they would have to reschedule the pick-up time. He was there on time, and wasn't phased at all about the weather. :) They kept me informed on the progress, and delivered it to my backyard, putting the receipt where I would find it. (I had told them it was OK to leave it in back, I couldn't get off work). They locked the gate on the way out. Great service and will recommend!!
- Susan P.
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responded quickly and answered all questions.
We arranged for a pick up at my home and he showed up as planned.
The srop off went the same way and my machine was in good working order.
The costs were the same as the estimate and all was fine with me.
I will surely use him again!
- Greg W.
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on Angie's List after getting fed up with a popular small engine repair provider on Timberlake Rd. Called and left a message defining my problem (PTO stopped engaging the mowing blades).
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called me back that evening and said he could come by in two days. He would take the mower to his shop and diagnose/repair the problem. On the morning of the planned pick up,
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called me and informed me that he had fixed the problem in my driveway and he did not need to take the mower with him.
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was very professional, courteous, and timely. Could not have asked for any better service.
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service will get all of my business from this point forward.
- Michael C.
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He came on time, worked out of his very clean truck, and did the job in a little over an hour. So nice not to have to try to transport these two machines to a repair shop ourselves!
- DAVID S.
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I called last Thursday to make an appointment and the woman who answered the phone said they would be in my area on Wednesday, so I scheduled it. I left the snow
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outside in the driveway as instructed. I knew last winter it had been making a sound like it was laboring so I wasn't surprised when he said the carburetor needed to be replaced. After about 45 minutes it sounded good as new. Without the physical shop overhead, their prices seem pretty hard to beat. They had the carburetor and tools in the trailer so the only real difference is the snow
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sat in my garage for a week waiting to be repaired instead of in the shop.
- christopher H.
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The repairman came to my home. He arrived on time. He diagnosed that it needed a new fuse. He replaced the fuse. He was fast and professional. The price was great for a house call.
- Allen H.
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I went to
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because he does pick up and delivery and I've used him before. My old Honda lawn mower needed a long list of repairs so
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said he would call with an estimate before doing the work. The estimate was that the repairs would cost over $300, so I asked
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if it was worth it. He said "probably not" and advised me to buy a new mower.
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doesn't sell mowers, so he lost a job but retained me as a customer.
- Patrick G.

All Lawn Mower Repair Shops in Uhrichsville, OH

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Blue Ridge Builders

604 Schaum Ave.
Zanesville

Elm Recycling Lawn and Landscape Supply

1242 Mt. Vernon Road
Newark

HBH Repair And Service

1571 Skinner Lane SE
New Philadelphia

Helber's Sales & Service Inc

12898 State Rte 664 S
Logan

JD Equipment Marion

219 Columbus-Sandusky Rd N
Marion

RepairClinic.com Inc

48600 Michigan Ave
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