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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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2017-04-20 starting problems:

It is possible there is excessive carbon build up causing the increased compression but this is very rare..I have only seen this one time.    Is the correct spark plug installed in the saw?    As for the

2017-04-19 starting problems:

Did you check the compression with a compression gauge?    Are you sure nothing is binding like the clutch, chain or maybe the flywheel or starter?    Not too sure it AT would loosen.  I would take the

2017-04-17 Ac4333 titan oil type and petrol type:

I am not familiar with the brand as they do not sell this in the US.    However, if the engine has a dipstick to check the oil then it is most likely a 4 stroke engine and the US recommendation would be

2017-04-14 snow blower trouble shooting:

Replace the spark plug first!  I have spent many hours trouble shooting issues like yours only to find the spark plug was the problem.    Try running the blower with the gas cap a little loose...the cap

2017-04-13 Craftsman 917.258863 riding mower:

Most, if not all general relays use the same pin out so you can check You Tube for videos on testing relays.  Here is one video:    I'd Google "Checking


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