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"When the units were returned, they both seemed to work fine when started in the driveway. The generator was put away 12/23/14, and due to snow storms, not used" until a power outage on 2/24/15. At that time the generator would not start - it was 7 AM -18 degrees and the power was out, so the furnace was not working and the temperature in the house was dropping rapidly. I called
who told me it would be a week before he could look at it and that it was not warranted. I explained it had not even been used once and he agreed to take a look. He took it away a week later and returned in about 2 hours saying it was all set. He said it was flooded. It had been sitting for a week. The professionalism was sorely lacking in interactions with
, it's a part time endeavour and there is no identity given on the phone numbers listed so it's difficult to know if you have the right place. The snow blower repair was reported as a stuck float - the carburetor was rebult, oil changed and spark plug changed. When delivered, it appeared to run well. At the first snow storm I attempted to use it, and initially it started and ran fine, but deteriorated over the course of clearing the driveway. It got to the point that it took 10-15 minutes of trying to start it and it barely ran and had no power. Since I was unable to get out of my driveway because of 6" of snow, I used it. I called
to report the issue and he said he would pick it up and take a look in a few days. Meanwhile we had more storms and I wound up purchasing a new snow blower.
took it back, repaired it and it seemed to work well the second time. I have no faith that the items will work when used again and cannot recommend this service to anyone. The lake of professionalism and part time nature of the business make it impossible to use for any equipment you count on.

-Jeff W.

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"Excellent. We requested service via their website. They responded the same day and scheduled the work for Tuesday of the following week. Arrived on time, performed" a complete inspection and tune-up of our mower and gave some good tips for gas storage and safety. They were wonderful and we plan to use them again whenever any of our lawn and garden equipment needs service! Thanks so much.

-Agnes W.

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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 Beachwood

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There were a few issues with our lawn mowers. The provider did an amazing job servicing both the riding and push mowers. He replaced parts and rebuilt the carb on the riding mower. He picked up and delivered both mowers. He is the first person I have ever offered a referral to. He just did an amazing job.
- Carino H.
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[Hydraulic Repair Shop, no appropriate existing category]. Brought my
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plow there and they rebuilt it, good as new. Also have had them rebuild hydraulic cylinders for my backhoe in the past, great service, good workmanship, will definitely do business with again.
- David S.
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My snow blower wouldn't start. I called
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, left a message and received a return call in about an hour.
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gave me an estimate of $150 to pick up, repair, and drop off. The snow blower had not been used for 2 years.
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picked it up, rebuilt the carburator, dropped it off the next day. Cost: $150 as quoted. The snow blower now runs.
- Alice F.
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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
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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. :)
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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.
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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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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.

All Lawn Mower Repair Shops in Beachwood, OH

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AMBROSE LANDSCAPING INC

10376 THWING RD
Chardon

Bower Home Projects LLC

1300 Bunts Rd
Lakewood

Chavez Construction LLC

35500 Aurora Road
Solon

CLINTON POWER EQUIPMENT

9523 CLINTON RD
Cleveland

CZ Landscaping

7875 Summerset Dr
Bedford

D&D Mower

17388 BROADWAY
Maple Heights

ECOLAWN INC

990 ERIE RD
Eastlake

Emergency Mower Technicians

9347 Ravenna Road Suite E
Twinsburg

firstexperts

2771 Stark Dr
Willoughby

Great Lakes Home Repair

5406 Manning Cir
North Ridgeville

J anthony Construction

40500 webster rd
Lagrange

J&K Lawn Equipment

4818 State Road
Cuyahoga Falls

Job Rite Mower, LLC

5982 State Rd
Cleveland

KADER'S APPLIANCE & MOWER

5441 STATE RD
Cleveland

Kanes Service Center

585 Clague Pkwy
Bay Village

LEESON'S HOME & Business Improvements

10303 ALMIRA AVE
Cleveland

M & M MOBILE REPAIR SVC

8932 STATE ROUTE 14
Streetsboro

MARSHALL EQUIPMENT CO

5151 MAYFIELD RD, AND
Cleveland

MARSHALL POWER EQUIPMENT

7898 Mayfield Rd
Chesterland

Mr. Dre's Landscaping

9800 lamontier
Cleveland

MULLANEY HOME REPAIR LTD

3574 Atherstone Rd
Cleveland

RepairClinic.com Inc

48600 Michigan Ave

Sears Stores Southpark CTR Mall

17271 Southpark Ctr
Strongsville

Shearer Equipment

11204 Royalton Rd
North Royalton

Sill's Motor Sales

1901 Brookpark Rd
Cleveland

SOUTH EUCLID HARDWARE INC

4442 MAYFIELD RD
Cleveland

State Sharpening Inc

10155 Broadview Rd
Broadview Heights

THE PLACE

11204 ROYALTON RD
North Royalton

Tri-County Power Equipment

14023 Bandy Rd.
Alliance

URBANEDGE MANAGEMENT & CONSULTING GROUP LLC.

13940 CEDAR ROAD
University Heights

WEBER & SON SERVICE & REPAIR

20720 WESTWOOD DR
Strongsville

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