NotTaR of small Gasoline Engines and Rotary Lawn Mowers : References                              
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Service Information


The best reference is the manual that likely came with your engine. This will have the specific information needed to service it as well as the recommended preventive maintenance tips. Many engine manufacturers now have the user and service manuals for specific engine/equipment models on-line as well as extensive general maintenance and troubleshooting information, and parts identification and ordering.

The Lawn-mower-shop.com Web site has a great deal of useful information including diagrams of popular carburetors, rope starter repair, and links to small engine manufacturers. There is even a "slide-show" illustrating complete disassembly of a typical small engine. This may be all you need for many popular engines.

The following are good for general information but may not have the specific information for your equipment. However, the combination of the original user or service manual and a small engine repair book is probably all you need.

  1. Small Engine Repair, 2-12 HP
    Richard J, Rivele, Ed.
    Chilten Book Company, 1993
    Radnor, PA 19089
    ISBN 0-8019-8323-1

    (There are also several other versions of this book covering small engines up to 20 HP. For the most part they are very similar with some additional information provided where appropriate for each size range.)

  2. Chilton's Repair and Tune-up Guide for Small Engines, 1-1/2 to 20 HP
    Chilten Book Company, 1979
    Radnor, PA 19089
    ISBN 0-8019-6810-0 (Paperback: ISBN 0-8019-6811-9)

  3. The Complete Handbook of Lawn Mower Repair
    Paul Dempsey
    TAB Books
    Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214

  4. Small Gas Engines: How to Repair and Maintain Them
    Paul Weissler
    Sterling Publishing Company
    Two Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

  5. Simple Gasoline Engine Repair
    Ross R. Olney,
    Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1972
    Garden City, NY

  6. Walk-Behind Lawn Mower Service Manual - Third Edition
    Intertec Publishing Corporation
    P.O. Box 12901, Overland Park, Kansas 66212

  7. You Fix It: Lawn Mowers
    Carmine C. Castellani & Clifford P.Seitz
    ARCO Publishing, Inc., 1975, 1976
    219 Park Ave. South, New York, NY 10003
    ISBN 0-668-02705-3

  8. My Lawn Mower Hates Me - An Original Manual for Hand and Power Mowers
    Tom Cuthbertson and Rich Morrall
    10 Speed Press
    Box 4310, Berkeley, CA 94704

  9. Handbook of Lawn Mower Repair
    Franklynn Peterson
    Emerson Books, Inc., 1978
    Buchanan, NY 10511

  10. Repairing and Maintaining Yard Equipment and Power Tools
    Mort Schultz
    John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1994
    605 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10158-0012
    ISBN 0-471-53500-1 (cloth:acid-free paper), ISBN 0-471-53501-X (paper)

  11. The Repair & Maintenance of Small Gasoline Engines
    George R. Drake
    Reston Publishing Company, A Prenice-Hall Company, 1976
    Reston, VA 22090
    ISBN 0-87909-724-8

  12. Small Gasoline Engines: How to repair and maintain them
    A Popular Science Book
    Paul Weissler
    Times Mirror Magazines, Inc., Book Division, 1975
    ISBN 0-06-014564-1

  13. Fix It Yourself - Power Tools and Equipment
    Time-Life Books, Inc., 1989
    Alexandria, VA
    ISBN 0-8094-6268-0, ISBN 0-8094-6269-9 (lib. bdg.)

  14. Small Engines - Mowers, Tillers, Chain Saws
    The Editors of Time-Life Books
    Time-Life Books, Inc., 1982
    Alexandria, VA
    ISBN 0-8094-3910-1 (retail ed.), ISBN 0-8094-3911-X (lib. bdg.),
    ISBN 0-8094-3912-8 (lib. bdg.)

  15. Small Gas Engines and Power Transmission Systems,
    A Repair and Maintenance Manual
    Walter E. Billiet
    Perntice-Hall, Inc., 1982
    Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
    ISBN 0-13-814327-7 (hardback), ISBN 0-13-814319-6 (pbk.)

  16. Garden and Yard Power Tools - Selection, Maintenance, and Repair
    Walter Hall
    Rodale Press, 1983
    Emmaus, PA
    ISBN 0-87857-446-8 (hardcover), ISBN 0-87857-447-6 (paperback)

  17. How to Repair Briggs and Stratton Engines, 3rd edition
    Paul Dempsey
    Tab/McGraw Hill, 1994, $14.95

    (From: Jim Nelson (jgn@ameritech.net).)

    This is an excellent book about B&S engines.

    I don't know any old galoots who can teach me this stuff, so I always end up at the bookstore. This book I had to buy to identify the missing controls on a B&S driving a mortar mixer I bought cheap.

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