Helpful Tips

Model and Serial numbers are needed to get you the correct parts over the counter. The following spots are the most common locations and how the numbers look.

Toro:

Toro model number stickers have a five (5) digit model number and a seven (7) to nine (9) digit serial number. They are located on the back of the mower frame by the handle. They may also be located behind the bagging door or on the deck on the side (depending on the machine). On the snowblowers, the sticker is designed the same way but is located on the back of the machine, either by on the cover or down by the axle

Example:

Lawnboy:

Lawnboy model number stickers are very similar to Toro. They will also have a five (5) digit model number and a seven (7) to nine (9) digit serial number. Lawnmowers have these numbers on the back of the deck. Snowblowers have the model number sticker on the back cover.

Please refer to the above photo.

Honda:

Honda model and serial numbers are a bit tricky. The model consists of a three (3) letters, three (3) numbers and then three (3) more letters. The serial number has four (4) letters followed by seven (7) digits. The location on mowers is on the deck, near the rear. Snowblower numbers are near the rear axle of the machine.

Example:

Echo:

Echo stickers are in different spots depending on the machine you have. The model number starts with two (2) letters depending on what type of machine you have (a model with CS is for chainsaw, PB for power blower, etc.) followed by a set of three (3) or more numbers. Serial numbers are right below with ranging sets of numbers.

Example:

Typical weedwhip location:

Typical Chainsaw Location:

Typical Blower Locations:

Briggs and Stratton

Briggs and Stratton engine numbers are actually a set of three (3) numbers broken down into Model, Type and Code. The first set is six (6) numbers. Next set is four (4) numbers and then a letter and a number. The last number is seven (7) digits long. The last number could be shorter or longer depending on the engine. These numbers appear stamped into the metal housing or cowl, either in the front (by the spark plug) or on a tab by the exhaust.

Example:

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: WHAT KIND OF OIL DOES MY MACHINE TAKE?

A: Depending on type of machine, the most common oil types are: SAE-30, SAE 10W-30 and 50:1 ratio mix fuels. We carry oil for most types of machines and can help you pick the right type.

Q: HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GET A TUNE UP DONE?

A: All machines need annual tune-ups. Our tune up includes: oil change, blade sharpening, air filter and spark plug. We also clean under the deck and engine shrouds as well as covers to keep your machine from over heating. Carb work and cable adjustments are sometimes needed to ensure proper performance.  

Q: I HAVE A MACHINE, IT IS A 190cc ENGINE. DO YOU HAVE PARTS FOR IT?

A: Most of the time a customer will ask this question and our answer is, "What is the model and serial number"? These are vital pieces of information since there are thousands of different parts and look ups. Use the above guides to help find your numbers.

Q: MY MACHINE WILL NOT START, WHAT IS WRONG?

A: 9/10 times the carburetor is plugged from old fuel. These are the hearts of your machine and if they become clogged, will not function properly. Tune ups will cover cleaning out the carb but in some instances, the carb may need to be completely rebuilt or replaced.

Q: MY SNOWBLOWER WON'T THROW SNOW, WHAT'S WRONG?

A: Belts stretch and wear over time, especially in heavy or wet snow. If a belt is to stretched it begins to slip causing it to fail. If it is a Single Stage snowblower the rubber paddles wear out just like tires on a car. Replace these when you notice they are wearing or when you bring it in for a tune up. If it is a Two Stage snowblower, the front auger has shear pins in them. These bolts are meant to break so your gear case doesn't. Replace when broken but make sure to come in for sheer bolts, normal hardened bolts will NOT work.

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