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"My 5-6 year old Craftsman snowblower was becoming hard to start this year, after years of good service. JL Mower responded quickly after the purchase of the tune" up service. They were courteous and helpful. I was pleased they could pick up and deliver as my vehicle could not handle it. On its return I used the snow blower within days on a new snowfall. I could really tell the improvement in performance and snow throwing ability. The tune up seemed to help tremendously. Sadly, after finishing about 90% of the driveway it stopped suddenly. In attempting to start it several times it let off a noticeable metal clanking sound. Obviously something was wrong. JL Mower came back and picked up the snow blower at no cost to me. They evaluated it and determined that the rod had broken. They recommended as it was an older snow blower that it would probably be more cost effective to purchase a new one, compared with the cost of the repair. I agreed and will go for a 4 cylinder one with a heavier engine in the near future. They also did a tune up on my lawn mower ready for spring- a much more efficient tune up service than I had with
who sends lawnmowers to Cincinnati for service.

-MARGARET G.

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"It went fine. I was a little anxious because of all the snow we were getting and I just wanted the snow to stop because I didn't have my machine and was doing" so much shoveling. It got to the point that I felt that if I could just get the machine back, the plowable snow would stop and the state of Massachusetts could take a breather. :) With the awful weather we had, it was difficult for parts to be delivered in a timely manner, but I got the machine back. Had an issue with the gas/oil mixture when I got it back because by that point my snow blower hadn't been used since I first put the mixture in end of Nov to get ready for winter. Clogged up the fuel line.
came back out and emptied the mixture in the machine and refilled with premixed 50/50. Machine is running. Thank you.

-Carolyn G.

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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 Bend

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From our very first contact with
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we were extremely impressed! That same day we called our broken snow blower was picked up...and they had to dig a path through the snow in our driveway to get it out!!! See what I mean...impressive!

I gave them a no-call fix limit of $200 and two days later I got the call that they were done and bringing it back whenever I wanted. They brought it back, got it back into the garage and I paid the bill, got a "Thanks for calling us" and a tip of the hat!

My husband came home from work, fired it up and it did everything a snow blower should do! It's great to know that this company is available and I will be keeping their number handy!
- Linda G.
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They are very busy this time of year in preparation for Spring and the had a
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Guard promotion going on. They completed the work requested in timely manner and the work was satisfactory at a fair price. No complaints.
- Phil G.
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He was called out to our home to repair our snowblower after the heavy snowfall. He was able to come that evening and did an amazing job. He identified an additional problem and was able to fix that as well. Our snowblower now runs great and we will definitely call him in the future if needed.
- Aimee H.
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I contacted
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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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Gary's Small Engine Repair

61568 American Ln
Bend

JERRY'S OUTDOOR POWER

61561 AMERICAN LN
Bend

MOUNTAIN VIEW POWER SPORTS

PO Box 667
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RepairClinic.com Inc

48600 Michigan Ave

Sweeney's WorkenSport

63066 Plateau Dr
Bend

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