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Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.

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Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.


MAS Aerospace Operations BA Mathematics AAS Electronic Communications AAS Electronic Technology

What do you like about this subject?

I enjoy working on small engines because they are smaller, lighter and generally eaiser to repair than automobiles because of their easy access to parts. They also require far less specialized tools and much less room than other types of repair. This means I can always repair or tinker with small engines where ever I live. It is an interesting hobby.

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2017-03-19 Feeding a lawnmower engine:

There are different blends in the summer versus winter.  In the winter they cut gasoline with butane because the colder temperatures...butane is leftover, junk basically, but the oil producers make more

2017-03-13 Cub Cadet SRC 621:

To find mower parts Google the model number.  It should be 12A-997A100.  Are you using SAE-30 oil?  Have you checked the engine vacuum?  Checked the engine compression?  Performed a leakdown test to check

2017-03-11 troy bilt 5550 watt gen [2004]:

I suspect something is clogged in the carburetor like you stated.    There are very few adjustments on late model carburetors as they are precisely tuned to meet emissions. The downside to the precise

2017-03-07 Briggs and Stratton Automatic choke:

Based on the engine model number you should have an Ready Start which is sort of like an automatic choke.    The condition your described, won't start when the engine is warm, is very common...we see this

2017-02-20 toro 20017 mower:

Here is a link to the service manual:    See


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