I have a lawnmower that I foolishly left outside through last winter. Last year it wasn't in great condition -- it took a ton of very hard of pulls on the cord to get it to start, every single time. I haven't tried to start it this year, but I imagine it has gotten worse.
I think it's a $500-$600 lawnmower new.
Putting aside the motor, mechanically it is in good shape. I don't see any rust. The blade was replaced two years ago. The wheels and everything else are in good working order. I believe the only issue is the motor, which I believe is having trouble due to being left out in the rain and snow.
I am a person who is good with my hands and with machines -- I am a programmer and a woodworker -- but I don't have any experience working on motors.
What are my options for restoring this lawnmower to working condition? (i.e. it starts easily and it runs without major problems).
I am open to dismantling it myself, I am open to replacing the motor, and I am open to bringing it to a repair guy. I'm hoping to be able to repair it for $100 - $200 rather than having to buy new for $500 - $600.