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  • 5 Essential Maintenance Tips For Hedge Trimmers

    Like other power equipment, your hedge trimmers need regular maintenance if you want them to keep running smoothly. Keeping up with maintenance will also make the trimmers easier to use, help prevent more costly repairs, and extend the life of your trimmer.


    1) Lubricate The Blades

    Hedge trimmers use toothed blades that move back and forth along a cutting bar. Your hedge trimmer probably has a dual action blade, which means there are two blades moving in opposite directions so you get faster, cleaner cutting. You'll have to lubricate these blades regularly to keep them running smoothly.

    Check your owner's manual for the recommended lubricant. You'll want to oil your trimmer before and after each use. This will help keep the blades clean, rust-free, and moving smoothly. You can either spray the oil onto the blades or use a cloth to rub it on.

    2) Keep Blades Sharp

    It's pretty easy to tell when your hedge trimmer blades are getting dull. For one thing, the blades will start snagging on branches while cutting. You'll also notice the engine or motor sounds labored. Hedge trimmer blades typically hold an edge pretty well, but lots of use will dull them and they can be damaged by hitting hard objects like wire fencing.

    You can sharpen some hedge trimmers yourself. Check your owner's manual for tips on how to do that. You can also take the trimmer to our service center and we'll sharpen it for you. Some hedge trimmers can't be sharpened, so for those you'll need a replacement blade.

    3) Clean Everything

    Keeping your hedge trimmer clean is one of the simplest things you can do to extend its life. Wipe off dust, plant pieces, and other debris after each use. Never use water when cleaning a hedge trimmer, especially the electric or cordless models. That could damage the internal workings.

    Clean or replace the air filter when it starts to get dirty. You'll also need to clean the carburetor area, cooling fans, and air intake on a fairly regular basis (once a week if you use the trimmer daily). Don't forget to clean the fuel tank, filter, and pipe at least once a season (or once a month if you use the trimmer daily).

    4) Replace Parts As-Needed

    You'll need to check your hedge trimmer regularly to make sure all the parts are functioning like they should. Otherwise, it will make trimming unsafe. Before cutting with the trimmer, make sure the throttle trigger lock, throttle, and stop switch are working. And make sure the handguard is undamaged and securely attached.

    Remember to also check parts like cooling fans, muffler's spark screen, and clutch. Clean if they're dirty and replace if they're damaged. You'll also need to remember to change the spark plug if it's dirty or damaged. Finally, check all cables, connections, and bolts on a regular basis to make sure they're tight and undamaged.

    5) Store Properly

    Store your hedge trimmer indoors when not in use and make sure it's clean before storage. If your trimmer came with a scabbard for the blade, put that on when storing or transporting. And if you'll be storing the trimmer for longer than a few weeks, add stabilizer to the fuel and run the engine long enough to distribute the stabilizer through the fuel lines and carburetor.

    If you have any questions about your hedge trimmers, need some repairs, or are in the market for a new trimmer Richardson Saw & Lawnmower is the place to go. We're committed to supplying you with the best power equipment available and providing the best customer service possible

  • What's The Point Of Lawn Edging And Do I Really Need An Edger To Do It?

    Most of us want our lawns to look nice. That's one reason we make sure we stay on top of mowing the grass. No one wants an out of control yard that looks terrible next to the neighbor's manicured lawn.

    But mowing's not enough if you really want your lawn to look fantastic. You'll also need to take the time to trim grasses and weeds the mower can't reach. And if you want a professional look you'll also need to create a clean line between your lawn and the landscape beds and pavement. Edgers are the tools you'll need to do that in the easiest, fastest, and cleanest way.


    Edge The Lawn Because …

    Edging the lawn is going to make your regular lawn maintenance take a little extra time. So is it really worth it? We think so.

    It Creates A Clean, Professional Look

    Edging the lawn gives your entire yard a crisp, manicured appearance. If you leave those little tufts of grass sticking up along your landscape bed or creeping over your pavement it's going to look sloppy. And you don't really want that, right?

    It Increases Curb Appeal and Value

    Because lawn edging makes the whole yard look better it increases curb appeal. In fact, it's one of the simplest ways to make your entire yard look more attractive. And that increases the value of your landscape.

    It Protects Landscaping From Grass Roots

    Edging also serves a practical purpose. If left unchecked, grass will grow into landscape beds and over the edges of pavement. Edging creates a root barrier that stops grass from invading. And if you keep up with regular edging it will save you time when you're trimming.

    Your Options For Lawn Edging

    Some people edge lawns using a flat-blade shovel or a string-line trimmer with the cutting head tilted at an angle. Neither of those tools is going to work as well as one specifically designed for edging.

    Long-Handle Manual Edger

    You can get a few different kinds of manual lawn edgers. One option has shears to clip the edges of the lawn. Another is a long-handled tool similar to a shovel with a flat, curve-edged blade on the end. You push the blade down into the soil and rock it back and forth to cut and edge.

    Wheeled Manual Edgers

    The other type of manual edger has a long handle with a wheel and cutting blade. You set the wheel on the pavement edge and push the tool back and forth to make the cutting blade turn. This type of edger requires quite a bit of work to use.

    Handheld Power Edgers

    Most of the power edgers you find fall in this category. They're designed similar to a trimmer, with a power head at one end, a straight or curved handle, and a cutting blade at the other end. They'll have a guide wheel to help keep you on track when cutting and a rotating blade to make a clean edge.

    Walk-Behind Power Edgers

    These tools are set up similar to a walk-behind lawn mower, though they'll often have three wheels instead of four. They let you walk behind your edger rather than carrying it while you cut. They're larger and less maneuverable, but if you're maintaining more than one lawn or a very large yard they make edging easier.

  • How Do I Decide Whether To Use A String-Line Trimmer or A Brushcutter?

    When you've got to clear out grass and weeds you can't take down with a lawn mower, what do you use? A string-line trimmer or a brushcutter would be the clear choices, but deciding which one will work best depends on exactly what you need it to do. We're here to help you clear up the confusion and find the right tool for your job. Start by asking yourself these questions:


    What Type of Vegetation Are You Cutting?

    If you're just cutting grass and weeds with soft stems your basic string-line trimmer can do the job. There are also more powerful string-line trimmers available that will cut through thick grass and weeds with ease. But if you need to clear brush like woody weeds, bushes, small saplings, and dense undergrowth you're going to need a brushcutter.

    The more overgrowth you have to cut, the harder it will be to do with a string-line trimmer. If you're just doing detail work around structures or clearing grass off a small slope you can't mow, a string-line trimmer will work. But if you're clearing out an overgrown backyard or fence line a brushcutter is going to be your best option.

    What Size Property Do You Maintain?

    On a small property, there's little need to spend the extra money on a brushcutter. Unless your whole yard is an unmovable slope, a string line trimmer will be all you need. But for larger properties, there's a good chance you'll want more options than a small string-line trimmer can give you.

    Medium-duty homeowner trimmers and professional trimmers often accept different attachments, which lets you switch-out cutting heads so you can use either string-line or brushcutting blades. For clearing larger properties, you'll also want to consider getting a trimmer or brushcutter that includes a back harness and bicycle-style handlebars to make it easier for you to use the equipment for long periods of time.

    How Precise Do you Need To Be?

    If you're cutting close to the house or gardens you'll probably want to use a string-line trimmer. They're perfectly capable of handling the light trim-work that you'll usually be doing around landscaping, homes, and other structures in your yard. They're also less likely to damage anything. The same power that lets brushcutters tear through bushes and small trees can damage landscape plants and your house if you make even a small mistake while cutting. Better safe than sorry, as they say.

    Purchasing a string-line trimmer or brushcutter shouldn't be stressful. In fact, having the right tool for cutting grass or brush should make your life a whole lot easier. Come visit us at Richardson Saw & Lawnmower to see available models from reliable brands. We'll be happy to answer your questions and help you pick out the best option for your trimming jobs.

  • What's Wrong With My Lawn? How To Identify Common Texas Turf Grass Problems That Aren't Caused By Disease

    Lawns are pretty resilient. We walk all over them and regularly cut them in half with a lawn mower. But the grasses in our lawns are still living, growing plants and there are a number of problems that can come up when we're trying to grow them. They can be injured, or the growing conditions could hurt them, or they might get a disease.

    Turf grass disease is a big enough topic it deserves its own post, so today let's focus on problems that aren't caused by diseases. If you notice your lawn grass looking damaged, dry and brittle or if it stops growing, then the non-disease problems are the ones you'll want to check first. The good news is these problems are pretty easy to fix.


    Things That Can Injure Your Grass

    Spilled Chemicals and Dog Urine

    Spilling pesticides and herbicides can “burn” the lawn and create brown or yellow patches. This can also happen if you spill gasoline, or if a dog urinates on the lawn, or if salt used to melt ice gets on the grass. If you do spill a chemical on the lawn clean up as much of it as you can and then immediately flood the area with water. If the grass in that part of the lawn still dies you can replant it.

    Too Much Traffic

    Even though grass is pretty sturdy, too much foot traffic can kill the grass. If you spend a lot of time walking through the area where your grass is dying, you might consider putting in a walkway. If you want to keep the grass, you'll need to loosen the compacted soil by aerating before reseeding the grass. Also, redirect part of the foot traffic to other areas of the yard so this doesn't happen again.

    Improper Mowing

    If you mow grass too short you can damage the plants and make it so other problems affect them more quickly. Be sure you set the mower at the right height for your type of grass. You should also keep the mower blades sharp so it cuts the grass leaves instead of tearing them.

    Lawn Conditions That Affect Grass

    Too Much Water

    Too much water drowns grass roots and makes the plants weak and susceptible to disease, insects, and weeds. Over watered lawns are usually sickly and shallow-rooted.

    Not Enough Water

    Too little water and the grass will start to turn dry and brittle. If your lawn is too dry, you'll notice that when you walk on the lawn your footprints stay visible on the grass for a long time.

    Too Much Fertilizer

    Lawns that get too much fertilizer grow excessively, so you'll be mowing all the time. The grass can also look burned if you applied too much fertilizer or pesticides all at once.

    Not Enough Nutrients

    Not enough fertilizer can make the grass spindly, weak, and slow-growing. Also, lawns that don't get enough nitrogen will turn light green and then yellow. If your lawn is turning yellow in patches instead of all over, though, you might need to add iron to the soil.

    Soil Compaction

    If the soil is too tightly compacted then there's no room for grass roots to grow or for nutrients, water, and oxygen to get into the soil. Grass growing in compacted soil becomes thin and shallow-rooted. The solution is to aerate the lawn.


    It's perfectly normal for grass to go dormant, but it's worth mentioning here because it can look like the grass is dying. Warm-season grasses turn brown and go dormant when the weather turns cold. Cool-season grass goes dormant when the weather is hot. This is normal and you just need to stop fertilizing the lawn and let it rest.

  • 5 Facts That Will Make You Want A Stand-On Mower For Your Lawn Care Business

    We can all agree that if you're going to mow a lawn having the right lawn mower makes a huge difference. You wouldn't use a large zero-turn mower in a postage-stamp yard or waste your time push-mowing a lawn several acres in size. You use the right took for the right job.

    For years, if you ran a commercial lawn mowing business your main options were walk-behind mowers and sit-on riding mowers. And those certainly still have a place. But there's another category of mower that also deserves consideration. Stand-on mowers have been around for quite some time and they're just getting better and better. Today, there are a number of reasons to think about buying a stand-on mower and we'll look at five of them in this post.


    1) Easy-To-Transport Sizes

    One of the things people love about stand-on lawn mowers is that they're easy to transport. They're about the same size as, or a little larger than, mid-size commercial walk-behind mowers. This keeps them smaller than sit-on riding mowers while still letting operators ride. The platforms that riders stand on are either located between the rear wheels or are retractable so they're out of the way for transport.

    2) Fast Cutting and Large Decks

    Even though stand-on mowers are compact, you're not sacrificing cutting performance. They don't cut quite as fast as zero-turn mowers, but some of them come close. And not only can you get them with decks designed for wide cutting swaths, but you can fit more of them on a trailer than zero-turns with the same deck size.

    3) Provide Good Visibility

    Because you're standing up to operate strand-on mowers, you get a higher vantage point when cutting. They also put the deck out-front where it's very easy for you to see. That makes it much easier to keep an eye on the area you're mowing than if you were sitting on a riding mower. And because the standing platform is elevated, these mowers also provide better visibility than a walk-behind.

    4) Good Maneuvering In Tight Spots

    A combination of compact size, quick speeds, and increased visibility makes stand-on mowers the perfect choice for cutting in tight spots. They're highly maneuverable and can make quick work of mowing lawns where there are trees, landscape beds, children's play sets and other obstacles. Some contractors will keep stand-on mowers in their fleet for cutting heavily landscaped yards and then use zero-turns for more open properties.

    5) Handle Hillsides Effectively

    One of the big disadvantages of zero-turn mowers is that they're not recommended for mowing on hills or slopes. While you won't want to use stand-on mowers for very steep slopes, they are much better for mowing hilly terrain. The mowers are less likely to tip and it's easier for the operator to balance their weight while mowing.

    Ready to add a stand-on mower to your commercial fleet? Get in touch with us or drop by our location in Richardson, Texas. We'll be happy to answer any questions you have and help you pick the best stand-on mower for your needs.

  • This Is Why You Should Take Another Look At Today's Battery Powered Lawn Equipment

    Battery powered lawn tools have always seemed like a great idea. There's no gasoline engine to maintain and they're quiet. Basically, you get the advantages of electrically powered equipment without worrying about a cord. However, battery powered equipment of the past wasn't always as convenient as it should have been.

    Lawn tools that run on a battery can have a number of problems. Early models weren't nearly as powerful as gasoline versions and the battery performance wasn't all that good. As the batteries lost power, equipment slowed down and on top of that the batteries didn't last very long. Things are changing, however. Today's battery powered lawn equipment has made significant leaps forward in terms of power, quality, and battery performance.

    Higher-Voltage Competes With Gas Power

    Today's battery powered lawn equipment typically runs on high voltage lithium ion batteries. Improved technology has made the batteries not only more powerful but also capable of running longer. They can now compete with comparable gas-powered models in the homeowner and commercial markets.

    Take Stihl's battery powered equipment as an example. These tools are specifically designed so they'll run at full-power for the battery's entire charge. You won't have to worry about power levels dropping partway through a job. Stihl also offers three tiers of batteries to handle everything from small projects to professional jobs.

    Wider Selection of Products

    You can now get most types of hand-held lawn care equipment in a battery powered version. If it's a tool you'd use it to trim, cut, and clean up around a yard there's probably a battery powered option. There are even battery powered versions of some larger equipment, including walk-behind mowers.

    Reliable, big-name brands are among those producing today's battery-powered equipment. Stihl and Echo both offer a battery powered string trimmers, hedge trimmers, blowers, chainsaws, and lawn mowers. Stihl also offers pole pruners and they've introduced the world's first cordless electric cut-off machine. This tool is perfect for cutting brick, tile, and metal.

    Fast-Charging, Interchangeable Batteries

    Even with advances in battery technology, battery powered equipment still has a limited run time. It's just a fact of using rechargeable, cordless electric equipment. You have a few options for combating this problem. Keep an extra battery or two on hand so you can swap-out a fully charged battery as soon as the new one runs down. Or you can take breaks partway through a longer job for the battery to charge.

    Today's lithium ion batteries are often fast-charging so you don't have to wait very long before they're ready to use again. In addition, if you buy all your battery powered equipment from the same brand there's a good chance the batteries will be interchangeable. For example, if the battery you used for trimming still has some charge left you can use it in a blower to clean-up cut grass.

    To learn more, visit us at Richarson Saw and Lawnmower. We'll answer your questions and give you a chance to see different brands of lithium ion power equipment in-person.

  • Things To Know About The Different Options You Have When Shopping For Homeowner Walk-Behind Mowers

    If you have a lawn bigger than a postage stamp, you're going to need either a lawnmower or a lawn care service. While a lawn care service can be a huge time-saver, I'm guessing most of us will be cutting our own grass. Which means we're going to need dependable lawnmowers.

    Walk-behind mowers are the perfect option for homeowners with lawns less than an acre in size. Even homeowners with larger lawns might find that they like having a walk-behind mower on hand to cut spots in their yard that are hard to reach with a riding mower.

    Here at Richardson Saw, we offer a selection of gasoline-powered homeowner walk-behind mowers from two top brands. But how do you know which one is right for you? It depends on how much money you want to spend and what features you care about most.


    Toro On A Budget

    Toro Recyclers are a good pick if you're looking for a dependable mower on a budget. You'll get mulching and bagging features with these mowers as well as a 22-inch cutting deck. Recycler SmartStow is Consumer Reports' pick for the best budget gas self-propelled mower. Toro mowers come with a 2-year warranty.

    Honda With The Basics

    The HRS series from Honda are their least expensive mowers. They're also the ones with the fewest features, but they still have the same Honda quality and reliability along with a 3-year warranty. HRS mowers feature a 21-inch heavy-duty steel mowing deck with side discharge or mulching. The push-type mower is the most budget friendly, but you can also spend more for a self-propelled version.

    One Step Up

    Honda's next step up in lawnmowers is the HRR series. They rank number 4 on Top Ten Review's list of the best gas lawnmowers of 2017 (just a few points lower than their HRX series cousin). You can get one that's push-type or go with a self-propelled model with a variable speed Smart Drive. They mulch, bag, or discharge and feature Honda's Twin Blade MicroCut System.

    More Toro Options

    Popular Mechanics includes a Toro on their list of the Best Lawnmowers of the Year and said that none of the people who tested the mower noted anything they disliked about it. In a similar price range as the Honda HRR, you can get models in Toro's Recycler and Personal Pace mower lines. Super Recycler mowers add more features and better cutting performance for a bit higher price bracket.

    Luxury Lawn Mowing

    When you want the best walk-behind mower you can get, look in the Honda HRX series. Popular Mechanics describes the HRX217K5VKA model as “luxury car of walk-behind lawnmowers.” The HRX series is also the number one pick on Top Ten Review's list of the best gas lawnmowers of 2017. And Consumer Reports picked the HRX217K5VYA model as the best gas self-propelled mower. It'd be hard to go wrong with these mowers.

    If you're ready to purchase a walk-behind mower for your home, stop in at Richardson Saw and Lawnmower. We'll answer any questions you might have about the mowers we offer and give you a chance to look over your options in person.

  • Everything You Need To Know About Fueling Your Gasoline-Powered Lawn Equipment

    Fueling a car is pretty easy. You just pull up to the gas pump and fill up. But what about your gasoline powered lawn equipment? Maybe you've heard you need to be careful of ethanol in your gasoline, or you're wondering when you need to mix things like oil and stabilizers into your fuel. No worries. We've got your quick guide to fueling lawn equipment's small engines right here.


    2-cycle vs. 4-cycle Engines

    Fueling needs differ between 2-cycle (also called “2-stroke”) and 4-cycle (or “4-stroke”) engines. There's a big difference in how the two types of engines work, but since we're just discussing fuel we'll focus on that.

    For a 4-cycle engine, you fuel it with straight gasoline the same way you would a traditional car. Also like in a car, the engine oil is kept separate from the gasoline and requires periodic changing. In contrast, you fuel a 2-cycle engine with a mixture of oil and gas. The engine oil is mixed in with the gas before fueling at a ratio recommended by your engine's manufacturer.

    Beware Of Ethanol

    Whichever type of engine you're fueling, you need to be careful about which kind of gasoline you buy. Fuel containing ethanol can seriously damage small engines by corroding metal and rubber. Ethanol absorbs moisture from the air, adding oxygen to the tank and making the gasoline go stale.

    Fuels that contain up to 10% ethanol are safe to use in most small engines. But fuel containing 15% ethanol is now being sold in many U.S. states, including Texas. Unless the owner's manual specifically states otherwise, assume that E15 fuel is never safe for use in small engines.

    Keeping Fuel Fresh

    E10 fuel starts to turn stale after about 30 days. Regular gasoline has a shelf-life of about 6 months. If you can't use the fuel up before it will turn stale, you can add a fuel stabilizer.

    If you know you can't use the fuel up before it would go stale, you should add stabilizer when you purchase fuel. Alternately, you can add the stabilizer to fuel that's already in your gas tank if you didn't add stabilizer at first and now want to store the equipment without draining the fuel. Follow the directions on your fuel stabilizer to determine the correct amount to add.

    Fueling How-To

    If you have a 4-cycle engine, you're good to go filling it with pure gasoline or E10 gasoline. There's not even any need to worry about buying premium-grade fuel (it doesn't provide any advantage in most power equipment). All you have to worry about is using fresh fuel.

    For 2-cycle engines, you need to mix your gasoline with engine oil before fueling. Never put straight gasoline in a 2-cycle engine and always follow your owner's manual's instructions for mixing. To make things easier, several power equipment brands offer their own fuel specifically designed for small engines. These include Stihl MotoMix and Echo Power Blend. Both contain no ethanol and are pre-mixed with oil for use in 2-cycle engines. As a Stihl and Echo dealer, we can order these fuels for you if we don't have them in stock.

  • 5 Things You Need To Know To Keep Foliage Interesting When Landscaping Your Yard

    Flowers are the stars of landscaping. When in bloom, they're often what people first notice. They're also typically the place we want to start when planting or redesigning a landscape bed. But most flowering plants only bloom for a few weeks, or even less. If you want to keep your landscape looking good spring, summer, fall, and winter then you'll either need to plant lots of flowers with different bloom times or choose interesting foliage plants.

    Landscaping has come a long way since adding foliage meant putting in a couple green shrubs at the front of your house. More foliage plants are on the market now and most nurseries and garden centers carry quite a variety of sizes, colors, and species. Foliage plants can form the backbone of your landscape, showcasing your flowers, or make up the whole of the landscape. Whichever direction you go, keeping these 5 tips in mind will help you add interest to your landscape designs.


    1) Don't Limit Yourself

    The category “foliage plants” encompasses a wide variety of landscape plants. Grasses, trees, shrubs, woody perennials, ground covers, and some flowering plants can all have interesting foliage. And you can mix and match them however you like. Use an array of textures, colors, and shapes or stick with all green and just vary texture and forms. Or whatever other combination you find appealing. It's up to you.

    2) Consider Form

    “Form” refers to the plant's overall shape and size as well as how the leaves look. For example, grass leaves have a long, slender form while oakleaf hydrangea has larger, broad leaves. Their overall shape is also very different. Oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia, U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5-9) forms a bushy shrub. In contrast, ornamental grasses can vary from cute little tufts of blue fescue (Festuca glauca, USDA 4-8) to stately maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis, USDA 6-9).

    3) Use Color

    Green might be the typical color for leaves, but it's not the only one. Purples, blues, yellows, and reds are also colors you'll commonly find in ornamental foliage plants, both deciduous and evergreen. And even if you just stick with green the option vary from chartreuse to deep forest green. On top of that, many plant varieties are available in variegated forms so they have multicolored leaves. To make the most of differences in color put plants with very different hues right next to each other. Blue foliage forms a nice contrast with red tones while variegated or bright leaves pop next to dark greens.

    4) Vary Texture

    When we talk about texture, we're referring to how the plant feels if you touch the leaves and what the leaves look like, including leaf size. Some plants have a shiny texture with glossy leaves that feel slick if you touch them, like holy (Ilex spp.). Others have a soft and fuzzy texture, such as lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina, USDA 4-8). And others have a fine needle-like texture, including certain coniferous shrubs. Having a variety of different textures will create a more interesting landscape than sticking with plants that have similar leaves.

    5) Remember Growing Needs

    Even though you like how two plants could look together, keep in mind that they might not like growing next to each other. Be sure to match plants' growing needs to your location and put plants with similar soil, moisture, and sunlight requirements together. You'll also want to keep the plants' mature sizes in mind and leave enough space for them to grow. Also, remember to leave enough space that you can get into the garden to trim and clean up as needed. Many foliage plants are low-maintenance, but you'll still need to cut down dead grasses in the spring (hedge trimmers work well for large clumps of grass), remove any dead stems or foliage, and prune shrubs to help maintain their shape.

  • 3 Good Reasons For You To Get A New Lawnmower

    The grass never seems to stop growing, does it? Once lawn mowing season starts it's like you mow one day and then turn around and your grass is already overgrown. Well, not quite that bad, but when grass is getting enough water and nutrients we might have to mow more than once a week.

    We use lawnmowers to take care of all this grass growth, but sometimes the mower you have isn't up to the task. It might be damaged, or old, or hard to use, but there's something wrong and you want to change that. So how do you decide whether to repair and keep using what you have or to get a new lawn mower?


    There's Serious Damage

    Rebuilding a damaged engine can cost about half as much, or even more than, the cost of purchasing a new lawn mower. A blown engine or crankshaft damage will typically set you back at least a few hundred dollars. For riding mowers, transmission issues are another costly repair. And unless your mower is still under warranty for these repairs, you might just want to get a new mower.

    That said, repair might be cost-effective for mowers that are otherwise in good condition and are less than 3 years old. If you bring your lawnmower to our service center, we'll be able to give you a quote on the repair. And while you're here, you can look at your options for a new mower and decide whether you'd like to repair or replace.

    The Mower Is Old

    Most lawn mowers will last about 8 to 10 years if you take good care of them. But sometimes, they'll start to deteriorate faster if you start out with a lower-quality mower, you got behind on maintenance, or you use the mower more often than “normal.” So if your older mower is starting to show signs of wear and tear, it might be time for a new one.

    If your mower is starting to require more maintenance than normal or just isn't cutting as well as it used to, buying a new one can be less hassle than repairs. For example, simple repairs like replacing belts and spark plugs or cleaning filters are pretty easy. But these tasks can become a hassle if the mower needs them more often than once or twice a year.

    You Need An Upgrade

    Sometimes, even if your mower is still running well, it just can't do the job you need it to. Maybe you've moved to a larger property and you want to save time by getting a riding lawn mower. Or maybe you find that pushing a walk-behind mower is getting too tiring and you want a self-propelled model. Whatever the reason, if your mower isn't doing what you need it to then it's time to get one that will.

    You can start your search by clicking here to read our Essential Quick-Guide To Lawn Mower Types. Then come visit us at our location in Richardson, Texas. We'll be happy to show you around and answer your questions about the different mowers available. Whether your current mower is damaged, old, or just not meeting your needs, we can help you find a good replacement.

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