Spring Service & Repairs

September 13, 2016

Are you ready to bid farewell to winter? Spring is the perfect time to service and repair your ride-on mower and other garden equipment to make sure everything is ready for mowing season.

Beat the summer rush

Inactivity during winter can put your mower and gardening equipment into an almost hibernative state. Fuel left in the tank can evaporate and cause blockages; debris can settle into undesired places; the battery can lose charge overtime.

If there’s one thing we all hate, it’s starting up the engine for the first spring session and being met with silence.
STIHL Shop Geebung is ready and waiting to help our customers throughout an active summer — but why wait? Beat the rush and see us today. We can help to identify and resolve any maintenance issues facing your ride-ons, walk-behinds, or gardening tools, and get you ready for the warmer weather.

Common Ride-On Mower Problems

Have you noticed a reduction in mowing quality? Has your mower been spewing smoke or overheating? Like any piece of heavy machinery, your ride-on requires regular maintenance to keep it working as it should.

Let’s troubleshoot some of the most common mower problems and see how they might be fixed:

Problem 1: Mower won’t start

A loose spark plug or a dirty air filter can often prevent the engine from starting. We can check these, clean off debris, reconnect and tighten them, test them, and replace them if necessary. Alternatively, the problem could be a faulty starter (we would use an ohmmeter to test this) or a clogged carburetor (which could be caused by oil fuel that’s been left to evaporate in the tank).
While experienced repair people might consider these to be basic fixes, they can be tricky if you don’t know what you’re looking for. The team at STIHL Shop Geebung would be happy to help.

Problem 2: Mower emits smoke

Seeing smoke coming from your mower can be alarming, but the issue could simply be a buildup of grass clippings and debris on the underside of the mower. Keeping the mower deck clean could remedy the problem. Similarly, you may only need to replace your air filters or pistons. If your mower still spits smoke, it might be time to have it checked by a professional.
Another common issue could be the mower blade. Don’t forget that we can sharpen dull blades, tighten loose ones, and replace them if needed.

Problem 3: Loss of power in the middle of mowing

Is there anything more annoying then the sound of a sputtering engine? Sometimes, the cause can simply be environmental; avoid mowing wet grass, and raise the cutting height on your mower if it is struggling through tall grass. Otherwise, it may be an oil issue.
Just like a car, it is important that your mower’s oil is regularly checked and changed. Letting your mower run out of oil can irreparably damage the engine — a costly mistake. Another common sign of oil issues is when your ride is particularly bumpy. Make checking the oil a part of your routine, or schedule regular appointments with our maintenance team.

Keep in mind that the tips above are based on typical experiences, which will be true for some, but not all, instances of ride-on repairs. The only sure way to identify a mowing problem is to have it properly examined. If your ride-on won’t run — or you just to want to ensure it will continue to go the long mile — get in touch with our team.

So is it time for a service?

Our service department at STIHL Shop Geebung is fully equipped to repair and maintain your small engine-powered garden and industrial equipment.

Our mechanics receive the highest level of STIHL technical training available, and are fully-trained specialists in John Deere residential and commercial lawn care equipment. They also have Master Technician certification with Briggs & Stratton, the technological and technical support of our suppliers, and many years of on-the-job experience. That means you can enjoy first class workmanship every time.

In addition to mechanical repairs, we provide blade sharpening on site. Get your chainsaw, hedge trimmer or woodchipper back into top-notch condition with our friendly, efficient service.

Some of our most common equipment repairs are for:

  • Ride-on mowers
  • Walk-behind mowers
  • Brushcutters
  • Grass trimmers
  • Chainsaws
  • Concrete cut-off saws
  • Blowers
  • Pumps
  • Generators

If you need transport for your ride-on mower repair, we also offer a pick-up and delivery service to assist you. Contact our team to find out more, and be prepared for mowing season!

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