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03/14/2016
By: Sherre V.
George's Mower Service
After taking my lawn mower to have the hinge repaired that holds the bag on the back of the lawn mower and also have a new blade put on I picked my mower up and paid the balance. The flap hinge was fixed. I noticed they charged me for blade sharpening instead of the complete changing of the blade as stated in my quote from them for repair so I decided to look under the mower after getting it home. I'm no blade expert but I know a sharpened blade vs. a dull blade when I see it. They hadn't done a thing to it. I took it back and told them I wanted the blade changed like I told them to begin with! They did apologize and changed the blade right then but then wanted to charge me extra! To me that's poor business! They made the mistake to begin with (or was it a mistake) and then had the audacity to charge me for inconveniencing me! If I had never looked under that mower I would have been out money for a job not done. I don't trust them and won't be back!
Tips & Advices
When a lawn mower issue arises, it generally results in the either the mower’s inability to start or its inability to cut properly. The most common causes of these issues include:
  • Clogged air filter
  • Flooded engine
  • Dead spark plug
  • Overfilling of oil
  • Dull cutting blade
  • A dirty undercarriage
  • Gasoline or oil that is too old and has gone stale
  • Overheated engine
Reel mowers are those without engines that use a series of vertically spinning blades to slice the grass, much like a pair of scissors would. These mowers are typically smaller and are pushed manually by an operator. But larger reel mowers can be towed behind tractors or multipurpose vehicles, which is how most golf course lawns are maintained. These mowers make shallow cuts and disperse the clippings broadly back over the lawn. This is known as grasscycling. a form of self-fertilizing, and is generally considered to be good for the grass’ health and longevity. Rotary mowers generally have a single blade that spins horizontally and is powered by a small gas or electric engine. These mowers can be adjusted to cut thick or shallow grass and disperse the clippings neatly to one side, greatly easing the process of clean up. Rotary mowers can be pushed manually, ridden by a driver, or towed behind tractors and multipurpose vehicles.
  • Clean blades and the undercarriage of clippings and dirt at least once per year to prevent rusting
  • Change oil, air filter, and spark plug once every one to two  years
  • If the mower is being stored for a long period of time, such as during the winter, drain the remaining gas and oil
Lawn mower spark plugs should be changed every one to two  years.
Lawn mower blades should be sharpened every one to two 1 to 2 months, or around twice each season.

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