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I hit a pipe with a mower and now it won't turn

I was mowing the other day and there was a pipe sticking out of the ground. The pipe wasn't carrying any services, just a piece of metal sticking out of the ground (I've now removed it). The pipe was ...
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Is running over your extension cable with an electric lawn mower dangerous?

I'm currently about to buy a lawn mower, but don't know if I should take a fuel, electric with cable or battery one. I'm leaning more towards electric with cable, because it's cheaper than battery ...
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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 (it's 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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What should I do after topping up the oil in a lawn mower with petrol by mistake

I am house-sitting for my parents and I tried to cut the grass. In summary, I accidentally topped up the oil (thinking it was petrol, and running low) with a load of petrol. It took 10 mins of trying ...
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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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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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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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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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I put 2-stroke fuel in my 4-stroke mower and now it won't start

My first time doing the lawn. Trying to help. Now I can't get it to start.
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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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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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Need help tracking down why the tension pulley is red hot after putting on new riding mower belt

I have a John Deere LX188 and had a bit of a grass fire which destroyed the secondary deck belt. I put a new belt on, and as soon as I engage the deck it starts burning rubber and smoking. When I ...
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Is there a safe, ethical, way to get rid of old gas?

Normally I'm pretty good about buying just enough at the beginning of the spring. Last year my grass continued to grow into December so I ended up with nearly a gallon of extra gas. I don't feel ...
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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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Honda Lawnmower Flywheel Key Sheared?

My Honda HRR2168VKA (self-propelled walk behind) lawnmower shakes violently when I start it up. I immediately turn it off. Is this a sign that I sheared the flywheel key or bent the crankshaft? Could ...
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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 can I get my lawnmower bolt off?

I have a Ryobi electric lawnmower, and I want to get the blade sharpened for the first time. I have a 15mm ratchet wrench, just like the instructions say, and I'm immobilizing the blade with a brick. ...
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Difficult to start a four stroke mower when cold - how to diagnose the problem

I have a mower with a Tecumseh LV148AE / LV195EA engine that will run pretty well once it warms-up, but getting it started when cold is quite a challenge. The way I have been able to get it started ...
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Lawnmower Won't Start - Electrical?

I have a craftsman DLT2000 Model 917.272264 that will not start. I think its electrical since it is not trying to turn over and does not crank. The battery is about a month old and it double checked ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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John Deer Lawnmower won't start, just buzzes

We've got an oldish riding lawnmower we bought along with our new house from previous owners. It started up and worked a couple of times but now won't start. It just buzzes. None of the videos I can ...
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Murray mower with B&S 500e engine running strange

I got a Murray mower with a Briggs and Stratton 500e 5 HP engine from a friend. Not sure how long it may have been sitting, but I can start it first or second pull. After it starts, it runs slow, ...
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Possible to fix a safety cutoff on a Briggs and Stratton mower?

I have an older Briggs and Stratton mower of the type you can get at Home Depot. I think something in the safety mechanism broke. The safety mechanism is a bail on the mower handle that must be ...
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Craftsman 917 Riding Lawnmower Not Starting

I have a Craftsman 917 series riding mower that I purchased last year. It ran fine for the first month or so but after that it was intermittently having issues starting. I noticed the connections on ...
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My push lawn mower will start when primed, then it dies unless I tip it backwards

My Craftsman push mower will fire up fine after I prime it, but once that gas burns off, it dies unless I tip the mower backwards. I cleaned out the air filter and sprayed carb and choke cleaner ...
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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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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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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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Repair a lawnmower engine that was left exposed to the elements for a year?

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 ...
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Mower barely runs and has blue exhaust

I have a Cub Cadet 1529 which I recently maintained in several different ways. I changed the oil and filter a few weeks ago. I put 5W-30 in but had a really hard time telling if/when it was full ...
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Electric Lawnmower - Is The Problem With the Mower or the Extension Cord?

I have an electric lawnmower that's about 8 years old. I use a 100-foot extension cord with it that's probably 20 years old. While mowing the other day, I smelled a faint electrical smell. When I ...
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Lawnmower stopped working after the outlet it was plugged into bent

I was mowing the lawn with my electric corded lawnmower and went as far as I could with the cord. Unfortunately this put pressure on the outlet (which was already a little wobbly) causing it to ...
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Adding gas/oil mixture into unmixed gas tank?

My wife accidentally added about a cup of gas/oil mixture (50:1) into our lawn mower which takes unmixed fuel. If she fills the rest of the tank with regular gas will there be any problems? Do I have ...
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Diagnosing faulty ignition coil on lawn tractor

Model: 13AM662F765 Engine Model: 283H07-0197-E1 I have an MTD lawn tractor, circa 2004, that hasn't been running quite right. The mower runs for about 10 minutes and suddenly stall. I would turn the ...
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How to assess the damage to the lawn mower after hitting an iron pipe? [closed]

I have a Ariens self propelled lawnmower that I happend to hit a iron marker(pipe) with. When the blade hit the pipe, the lawnmower jolted and the engine stopped and I have not been able to start the ...
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What is causing my Craftsman push mower to run erratically and quit after a few minutes?

I purchased a craftsman push mower 2 years ago. It's be stored inside and been used on our personal lawn for 2 summers. A week ago it ran wonderfully, then it started running poorly. Eventually ...
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Female Disconnect to Fix Mower Ignition Connection

I have an older Craftsman Riding mower that I have to wiggle the wire connector to get it to start. The ignition switch is working properly (I checked it with a multimeter) so I think the issue has ...