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"I used the service before for a tune up for my snow blower and lawnmower. When I attempted to start my snow blower this season it would not turn over. I contacted" the owner and he got back to me the same day. He came out and discovered that the problem was gummed up fuel. This was not a problem caused by his service yet he fixed the issue and didn't charge me for the assist. This was beyond the call of duty as far as I am concerned and I will extoll his praises to everyone. This is a man who still believes in customer service and helping out others.

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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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Ready to get your hands dirty? It's time to say goodbye to Old Man Winter and reacquaint yourself with Mother Nature ...

Even if you winterized your mower last fall, it’s a good idea to give it an inspection and tuneup come spring, to keep it running smoothly all season. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Michael L. of Washington)
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Want to keep your mower going as long as the grass is growing? Follow these mower maintenance instructions.

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Need a new lawn mower? Before you buy, learn what you need and how much a new riding lawn mower, reel, electric and self-propelled lawn mower will cost you.

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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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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 Milwaukee

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Emailed for help with grandfathers lawnmower on 7/4/14. Didn't expect a response until Monday due to holiday weekend. He emailed me back on the eve of 7/4/14 and said would call me sat 7/5. He called at 8:15 am and offered to stop over around noon. He looked at mower, tried to start it and went right to the cable that was faulty. Diagnosed in 3 minutes. Offered to order cable and install for me or would show me where it went and how to do it myself. I am doing it myself but he offered to come help or help over phone if I still had a problem. Could have charged me for service call, cable, installation and second time out.
Sincerely one of nicest repair men I have used. Will recommend and use again.
- cheryl F.
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I had a lawn mower that had been sitting idle for two years which would not run regardless of new air filter, spark plug etc.
Milwaukee Lawn Mower Repair Shops Provider Name Locked
was immediately available to my first phone call and was able to tune up the mower to working condition in only about thirty minutes. I have used it twice since and can definitely recommend
Milwaukee Lawn Mower Repair Shops Provider Name Locked
for his professional and knowledgeable service. He is also local--Shorewood residents take note!!
- Douglas G.
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The price was excellent and the service was perfect. The wait for an appointment was long but after the service received it is understandable that He is booked well in advance. Will be using his service again.
- Paul G.
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This contractor is top quality. He goes the extra mile. He got our 14-year old snowblower running again in the middle of a very snowy season. He was very thorough and explained everything that was required to fix the equipment, e.g. parts, labor, etc.
- Jeremy B.
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lawn mower was blowing smoke, due to dirty filter,
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did general service, sharpened blade, changed filter. I gave him an estimated time of when I would be home from work. He was waiting for me when I got home. Very personable. I've used his services several times over the years for my lawn mower and snow blower. And will continue to use his services, It is so convenient that he comes right to my home. I could not pick my mower up to take somewhere for service. Would recommend him to everyone
- TERRY M.
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excellent service,
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was on time and did a excellent job, I would recommend this company, he was on time, he comes right to your house, He knows his trade very well, he is honest.
- Dan M.
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I took my lawn mower in for a tune up under the warranty. I waited for 25 minutes to have someone tell me that the tune up wasn't covered by the warranty. They wanted to charge me $70.00.
- ROSA M. T.
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I had earlier posted an unfavorable report.
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offered to send me a refund which I have received. I appreciate the owner taking the time and effort to get a client to feel better about the transaction.
- Brenda K.

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A PETHKE SERVICE

4337 S HOWELL AVE
Milwaukee

A-Z Repair LLC

10610 Venture Dr
Franklin

ACE HARDWARE

6240 N PORT WASHINGTON RD
Milwaukee

AVENUE LAWN AND LEISURE

W187 N8580 MAPLE RD
Menomonee Falls

B & B SERVICE

3360 N 129TH ST
Brookfield

BARTON SMALL ENGINE

1628 N MAIN ST
West Bend

BELGIUM SMALL ENGINE REPAIR

5919 HIGHWAY KW
Belgium

BERETTA'S LITTLE ENGINE SHOP LLC

105 WILMONT DR
Waukesha

BILL'S POWER CENTER INC

13885 W CAPITOL DR
Brookfield

Birchwood Equipment

5115 W. Good Hope Rd.
Milwaukee

Brookfield Small Engine

s40w24040 Rockwood Way
Waukesha

CENTRAL SAW & MOWER

2625 LATHROP AVE
Racine

COUNTRYSIDE CORPORATION

4986 S SMALL RD
New Berlin

Esch Power Equipment

7948 S 27th St
Oak Creek

FARM & FLEET

8401 DURAND AVE
Sturtevant

G & G POWER SPORT

W191S7757 RACINE AVE
Muskego

GAST & SONS

9111 HIGHWAY 38
Caledonia

Gielow's Lawn & Garden Equipment

6643 N Teutonia Ave
Milwaukee

Greg's Small Engines

PO Box 11134
Shorewood

Handy Hagan LLC

Po Box 1163
Grafton

Handy Heimer

4912 W KK RR Pkwy
Milwaukee

Handy Husbands

1121 Sheraton Dr.
Racine

HARRY'S TRUE VALUE

7240 S 76TH ST
Franklin

HOME & GARDEN

S92W27825 HIGHWAY ES
Mukwonago

Integrity Small Engine Repair

4218 N. 95th Street
Milwaukee

JAS POWER EQUIPMENT

2021 S. West Ave.
Waukesha

JAY'S LAWNMOWING & SNOWPLOWING

W286 S5071 WOODS RD
Waukesha

JDS Cleaning, LLC

W 249 S 6560 Center Dr
Waukesha

JH Medinger Co Inc

9513 W Greenfield Ave
Milwaukee

Justincredible Lawn Care

s47w23661 Frontier Pass
Waukesha

L & R LAWN EQUIPMENT & REPAIR

19915 W MAIN ST
Lannon

LAUER EQUIPMENT SALES

PO Box 3
Grafton

LawnBott of the Great Lakes, LLC

203 E Main St
Waunakee

Leader Towing & Transport Inc

6944 N Teutonia Ave
Milwaukee

MAC'S MOWER & SNOWBLOWER REPAIR

8820 N REGENT RD
Milwaukee

Mahdee's Home Improvement, LLC

2358 N Holton St
Milwaukee

Maintenance On The Move

5155 S Woodridge Ln
New Berlin

MARTENS TRUE VALUE HARDWARE

8010 N 76TH
Milwaukee

MEQUON LAWN & GARDEN

11333 N PORT WASHINGTON RD
Mequon

Metal Processing LLC

PO Box 511460
New Berlin

Midwest Maintenance

2969 S. 128th
New Berlin

MIDWEST POWER EQUIPMENT

2510 W SUNSET DR
Waukesha

Mowers & Blowers

427 E Wabash Ave
Waukesha

NELSON BROTHERS POWER CENTER

N48W17970 LISBON RD
Menomonee Falls

NEU'S HARDWARE TOOLS PAINT

N95W16915 Falls Parkway
Menomonee Falls

NITZ LAWN MOWER & POWER TOOL REPAIR

13800 W NORTH AVE
Brookfield

NORTHERN TOOL & EQUIPMENT CO.

N84 W15670 APPLETON AVENUE
Menomonee Falls

NORTHPOINT SERVICE CENTER

8000 N PORT WASHINGTON RD
Milwaukee

Oberndorfer Landscape Development, Inc

1000 W Bonniwell Rd
Mequon

Oconomowoc Custom Home Services

1229 Christopher Court
Oconomowoc

OilValet

N89 W 15434 Cleveland Ave
Menomonee Falls

OLSON'S OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT

S63 W14323 COLLEGE AVE
Muskego

PHP Small Engine Service

1229 Christopher Court
Oconomowoc

Pro-Cutt Lawn Care LLC

700 Chicago Avenue
Waukesha

Property Image LLC

PO Box 44181
Madison

PROVEN POWER

21600 W CAPITOL DR
Pewaukee

PROVEN POWER INC

N68 W36036 COUNTY RD K
Oconomowoc

RANDY'S

8262 N 106TH ST
Milwaukee

RepairClinic.com Inc

48600 Michigan Ave

Residential Resources

1334 North 70th street

Revolutions Service Center LLC

12700 Wembley Rd
Brookfield

Sammy's Small Engine Repair, LLC

5220 N 125th St
Butler

SCHMIDT IMPLEMENT CO INC

8841 ANTIOCH RD
Salem

SCHWEITZER'S INC

6437 W FOREST HOME AVE
Milwaukee

SEARS HARDWARE

N96 W18659 COUNTY LINE RD
Germantown

SPEEDWAY SALES & SERVICE

6600 W NORTH AVE
Milwaukee

ST LAWRENCE EQUIPMENT

4889 HIGHWAY 175
Hartford

SUMMIT LAWN & GARDEN INC

W1062 Marietta Ave Apt 313
Ixonia

TENNIES HARDWARE INC

112 S 5TH AVE
West Bend

The Mobile Repair Guys LLC

W146 N5805 Enterprise Ave
Menomonee Falls

WAGNER'S GARDEN MART

6075 N GREEN BAY AVE
Milwaukee

Zuern Building Products

426 Railroad St
Allenton

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