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How to sharpen a lawn mower blade?

Is it possible for a DIYer to sharpen the blade on their lawn mower? If so, how would I sharpen the blade on my lawn mower? It is a reasonably basic push mower but it does have a 'mulching' blade.
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How do lawnmower blade sizes work?

I went to my local big box store this past weekend to find a replacement for my lawnmower blade (its a Craftsman Precision Plus if that makes a difference, but it shouldn't). When I got to the "...
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What could happen if I use 2 cycle fuel in a 4 cycle engine?

First off, this is NOT to be confused with the following question: What could happen if I used 4 cycle fuel in a 2 cycle engine? 2 cycle oil is used for my weed eater. There is no way I could use a ...
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How should I drain fuel from my mower?

I have a Honda lawn mower (HRX217K2VKA) and I want to drain the fuel for winter. How should I do this? Three options spring to mind: Run the engine until the fuel is gone. Tip the mower to pour the ...
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How often should I change the oil in my lawn mower

I have just purchased a new lawn mower and am wondering about the maintenance. I'm not very good at mechanical maintenance and without a small engine shop in my local home town I'm wondering what I ...
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Is pre-mixed ethanol-free fuel better than mixing yourself?

I just invested in a very nice 2-cycle string trimmer and I want it to last. I have always used stabilizer in my fuel for my 4-cycle lawn mower. I know that ethanol attracts moisture and the ...
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why did my mower suddenly start running slower?

This mower has an odd history, but appeared to be in good shape. It was given to me by a friend, who picked it up from the curb in his neighborhood (it's a nice neighborhood). I don't know if he found ...
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How can I remove this stuck nut on my riding mower?

I am attempting to repair a shattered housing mandrel on my Husqvarna riding mower. I have it largely disassembled however I am facing a common problem: a stuck nut on a piece that is moving. The only ...
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Repair cracked plastic

I recently purchased a lawnmower that is in need of a new hood. The replacement cost for the hood is $400 so I am looking at a way to repair the old. As you can see its severely cracked. I am more ...
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Why won't my weed whacker keep running?

I have a Husqvarna gas-powered weed whacker. Starting late last season, it tends to die when given full throttle. Now, it will start when on full choke or half choke, but once I put it in normal ...
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13-Amp lawn mower + 10-Amp cord tripping 15-Amp breaker?

To illustrate, I have the following setup: 15-Amp breaker 100ft 16-gauge extension cord rated at 10-Amp 13-Amp corded electric Lawnmower When I make the mower work extra hard by trying to mow some ...
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Yard Vac only runs on full choke

My Parents gave me a Craftsman Yard Vac (Model No. 247.770550) that they hadn't used in a few years. The tank had been empty, but mice had made a nest around the engine. I chased the mice away and ...
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How to sabotage a lawn mower [closed]

We're having a "common man olympics" where we do dumb things like "unload groceries in one trip" or "hang a picture straight without a level." I want one of the events to be "Start a cranky lawn mower....
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Mowing a badly inclining lawn

I've got a lawn with a rather steep drop that I'm finding difficult to mow. My wife thinks we should get a self-propelled push mower, but I don't think anything in a consumer range is going to be ...
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Storing riding lawnmower under deck

I have a ceiling system under my deck so that no water gets to anything under there. I'd like to store my riding lawnmower under there. The surface of the ground isn't wet, but I wanted to put ...
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Winterize my lawn mower

I have a Toro self propelled lawn mower that I am getting ready to put away for the season. The manual says to run it until empty then put some oil in the spark plug chamber. I read an article that ...
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What could be causing my lawn mower to surge?

My lawn mower was giving me the worst time tonight. The only way I could keep it running was to pull the choke back and the engine would start again. Finally, after 30 minutes of messing with it, the ...
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What are good options for protecting expensive lawn equipment?

Question is self explanatory. We had a zero-turn stolen last year. We plan on buying another one this year, and I want to protect it. I've never looked into options available, but I'd like to tag my ...
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Do the front end attachments from one lawn tractor brand work on another brand? [closed]

I'm torn between two different brands' garden tractors; one has a 3-stage snowblower and other has a 2-stage, but that latter brand also has a manual front-end scoop and the former does not. Are ...
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Toro ready start lawn mower dead

Toro Personal Pace Recycler 22 in. Variable Speed Self-Propelled Gas Lawn Mower Briggs & Stratton Engine Model #: 104M02-0010-F1 Serial:1412305830813 Parts List: PDF Last worked one month ago. ...
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is my lawnmower beyond redemption?

My Toro walk-behind lawnmower is around 3years old, and I'm guilty of not having done any sort of maintenance to it. Never an oil change, never anything other than fill it and mow. I do drain fuel at ...
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Lawnmower is not starting and is now leaking gas

I hope someone can help me resolve this frustrating situation. My lawnmower (Briggs & Stratton Max engine) is not starting and it has had problems starting/staying on before this. I followed ...
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How can I improve my gasoline can spout?

As anyone living in the United States that has bought a gas container in the past several years knows, fuel/gasoline container spouts have changed. The new spouts have a locking/safety mechanism and I ...
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no more oil in cub cadet self propelled lawn mower

Yea, I know, shame on me. How do I clean the oil compartment if the oil is all burnt? Here's what happened: My mower started smoking and it occurred to me that I haven't changed the oil in a year. ...
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Lawn Mower (probably) Electrical Problem

This is a ~2013 Troy Bilt Horse tractor. I need some advice on how to troubleshoot my mower starting. It cut out right when I was mowing, and had cut out intermittently for a few days before that. ...
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How can I determine what size bolt I need to repair my Briggs & Stratton 650 Series engine?

The carburetor on my B&S mower engine has come loose. Specifics are "Model 120000 Quantum 650 Series." It appears there is a bolt I need to find a replacement for (I don't have it) on the front ...
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Lawn mower runs for a few seconds then stops

I have a Briggs and Stratton mower that runs for a few seconds after being primed and then stops. If I continue to press the primer button it will keep running. I've tried to change fuels, clean carb,...
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how to fix a lawn mower that leaks gas

My father-in-law handed down a fairly new Craftsman lawn vacuum that has a 6.75 Briggs and Stratton engine. When we put gas in it, it leaked all over the place. We took off the air filter and the gas ...
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How can I tell if something is ruptured inside my lawnmower?

My lawnmower got thrown into a rolloff container by mistake. When I went to dig it out, it was upside down and when I tipped it right-side up, all sorts of black liquid (I assume oil?) came spilling ...
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Hydrostatic mower drive belt - Troy Bilt Horse

I have a Troy Bilt horse that has 2 belts, one for the 2 blades on the deck and a drive belt that runs the hydrostatic transmission. The transmission belt broke, and I can't figure out how to get to ...
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What could cause my Craftsman push mower to die after running for a few minutes?

I received a Craftsman push mower (Model 917.377543) from my sister. She had left it outside all winter in the snow/rain. I have got to the point where the mower will run for 15-20 minutes initially ...
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What are the pros and cons of titanium lawnmower blades?

I have a Honda stone-flinger with a cutting blade and a mulching blade, both steel of some flavor. I remove the blades about every other time I mow, and touch up the edges with a file, or the angle-...
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Why is my mulching mower clumping and not mulching? [migrated]

Last year I had this problem. This year I'm having a problem with the mulching mower not mulching. The grass is clumping up and clogging whatever you call the 'chamber' where the blade spins and is ...
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1993 Model Craftsman (917.257560) dies when blades are engaged

So this mower is only 5 years younger than I am... I was having problems with it last weekend when I was trying to get it out. Charged the battery, checked the carb and checked the starter. Everything ...
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Mower dies when cutting grass

I have a Troy built mower with Briggs & Stratton engine mower starts and runs until I start mowing dies when I start cutting grass