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  • Cost of Lawn Mower Servicing

    Broken chain? Damaged motor? The cost of servicing a lawnmower can greatly vary based on service needs. Below we'll detail a few of these costs.

    Costs for lawn mower services and repairs can range from £50 to over £500.

    Lawnmower repairs and services can last anywhere from several hours, up to 1-week (when ordering parts).

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    Servicing a lawnmower. In some instances, it is as simple as repairing or replacing a chain; for more complex jobs, a new motor or transmission may be necessary. Regardless of the size of the project, there are some repairs you can do yourself, while others are more complex in nature, and should be handled by a professional.

    For services, if you choose to DIY, make sure you understand what you are doing. Tutorials, videos, instructional guides, and proper materials, are all necessary when doing these jobs. So, take your time in understanding the project, what the service requirements are, and how to properly do the work.

    If on the other hand, you choose to take the mower to a professional, you have to choose the right one. Make sure they are fully insured. Make sure the technicians are knowledgeable, have worked on similar mowers, and understand the intricacies of the work being completed. The more knowledge they have, and the greater their understanding, the better the outcome you're going to have.

    Ultimately, the work should be done by a licensed, professional. But, for smaller services, or simply replacing a small part, you can attempt a DIY job. Regardless of the route you choose, it is important to shop, know where to take your machine, and understand what is being done, so you get a complete understanding (and don't overpay) for the service.

    Costs of lawnmower repairs.

    Job Description Duration Material Cost Labour Cost
    Rotary pusher repairs. 1-2 hours. £20-£100 £20-£50 per hour.
    Motor repair. 1-day up to 1-week (if ordering motor) £80-£500 £20-£50 per hour. Plus cost of motor and parts.
    Overhaul repair, or replacing the transmission. 1-5 days. £250-£1000 £20-£50 per hour. Plus the cost of any additional parts.
    Tuneup 1-2 hours. £0-£10 £30-£50 per hour.

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    What to consider when repairing or servicing a lawnmower.

    Of course you want the lawnmower to run like new after a service. For this reason, it is best to hire a professional or go to a qualified repairer. When choosing a tradesman, consider their reputation, how long they’ve been in business, and their areas of specialisation. All of these factors will help you choose the right specialist.

    If you simply have to replace a part, more often than not you can do this yourself. If you choose to do so, make sure you have the right serial number and part-number, to fit your lawnmower. In some cases, you can find generic parts for less, so consider this route as well.

    If you want a general tuneup or just maintenance work, choose someone capable to complete a service on your machine. The more specialised the repairer is, the better the outcome of the work is going to be when having your lawnmower serviced.

    Doing it Yourself

    Doing it yourself is something which is possible for lawnmower repairs. But, these jobs are limited in scope. For example, replacing a chain is something most owners can do; on the flip side, replacing a transmission, this is best left to the professionals.

    Other than replacing small parts, DIY jobs for lawnmower repairs aren’t advised. It will take more time, and you can often make errors in judgment, which will eventually end up costing far more than if you just took it to the tradesman in the first place.

    When choosing someone for your repair or service it is important to compare multiple quotes. Doing this will provide you with a better understanding of what goes into the repair, who is best to do the work, and also ensures that you choose the most qualified specialist.

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    Choosing a service shop for your lawnmower.

    • Choose a repairer based on specialisation (motor repair, transmission repair, etc.)
    • Consider the parts. If you can buy them and hire the shop for repair only, this will result in lower costs.
    • Ask for service guarantees.
    • Choose a tradesman based upon their credentials, licensing, and guarantees they provide.

    Hiring a Tradesman Checklist

    • Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
    • Never pay the full amount upfront.
    • Get the quote in writing.
    • For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
    • On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
    • Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
    • Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.

    FAQ's

    Can I do lawnmower repairs myself?
    Yes. For something simple like replacing a chain, or a pump, you can generally do it yourself. For larger, more complex jobs, or something which pertains to the motor or transmission however, you are best served leaving it up to a specialist, and taking your lawnmower to a service shop.
    How long will repairs take?
    It depends. Most repairs, even large motor or transmission repairs, won't take more than 1-2 days. But, you also have to account for ordering parts, so this can take more time when replacing parts in a lawnmower.
    Which shop should I visit?
    Choose a specialist whenever possible. Especially major transmission or motor jobs, make sure you get full warranties and guarantees on all new parts and repairs. It is the only way to ensure work is done properly, and the job is done by a certified specialist in the field.

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