Written by Gene Caballero on September 29, 2014
Updated, April 1st, 2019
Maybe you went to start your mower but….
It wouldn’t start? Or Maybe your mower was fuming smoke?
Perhaps your tractor just wasn’t running properly?
No worries, it happens to all of us. But how do you repair lawn mower when it breaks down?
Here are a few things you should know...
Here's a secret that you may not have realized it yet. Most shops will specialize in repairing commercial equipment that the pros use. They are often not interested in fixing your residential mower, so it’s best to save their time and yours, and ask a few questions before dropping your mower off.
|If you catch your local repair shop during the busy season, your mower can literally sit around for weeks and months before they get to it.|
Think about it, when it comes to working with equipment, it is no wonder that most shops don’t want to repair residential lawn mowers. Professional lawn mower repairs are more predictable, and problems occur less often. On the other hand repairing residential lawn mowers can be more of a hassle.
That is why you have to find the right lawn mower repair service.
Here is a tip, big box stores have often found the best pros for repairing lawn mowers they sell.
Call up your local lawn and garden center at Home Depot or Lowes, and ask the department manager, where they send their warranty repairs to. These big box retailers have to assist in processing the warranty claims for the equipment they sell. Because they need efficient repairs, they work with the better lawn mower repair shops in your town.
These lawn mower repair shops often offer the best quality work. Better yet these repair facilities are quick, and reasonably priced. They are often much, much more affordable, because they work with your type of equipment all the time. This enables these repair facilities to offer quick diagnosis, and fast repairs.
Now that you have found the shop that is not backed up, and that is willing to work on your equipment, be careful to not spend more on repairing the equipment than its worth!
Ask for a ballpark price, many places may offer free estimates for lawn mower repair work. So be sure to ask how much it’s going to be to repair your equipment. You would be amazed how easy it is to spend $600 to repair a riding mower that is worth $300, and all the while you could buy a brand new one for $700.
You can often save a bit of time and money if you can diagnose the problem yourself. However, when you don't know what you are doing you may do more harm than good. If you are a bit handy, you can check out our article on diagnosing common lawn mower problems.
After being in the lawn care industry for over 15 years, I have found a number of great repair facilities in the places I worked, and by word of mouth from my fellow landscapers. I have written a few articles about the lawn mower repair facilities in these areas.
Of course. we could not cover all the great lawn equipment repair facilities in the country. If you know of a great place tell us on Twitter @YourGreenPal
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While you are waiting to get your equipment repaired, jump on GreenPal and line up a pro to cut the lawn until you get it back. Signing up is simple, and you can get several lawn care bids quickly. Seriously, we work with some of the best landscapers across the country, check it out!
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