lawn mower not starting and dying. Easy lawn mower fix

If your lawn mower is not starting or is dying out, or you’re tired of lawn mower maintenance and upkeep costs, I have an easy and simple fix. This is something I did in the spring of 2018 and have not had a problem since. This lawn mower fix may sound odd but trust me, you’ll be very happy and save money as well!

Long story short, I had a Toro lawn mower. This Toro mower was 2 years old, bought brand new, and always had issues. Toro, as you know, is a huge name in lawn mowers. The mower would never start, and if it did, would die out after 5 seconds. I was sick of troubleshooting this stupid mower before grass cutting could begin.

I did all the common maintenance yearly. All gas was emptied end of summer, changed oil in the spring, and replaced the air filter and spark plug yearly. The carburetor was also cleaned almost every other grass cutting. No matter what I did, it was the same issue every time I needed to cut the lawn! Lawn maintenance was extended by an hour easily, as I had to take apart and clean this damn lawn mower before each grass cutting. I could never just power it up and go.

There were other issues we all face. Not enough gas in the tank. Here we go to the gas station. More time wasted! All these things annoyed me beyond words. The expenses and headache were an extra stress in life, which I don’t need at all.


I got rid of the Toro lawn mower and bought a push reel mower. These are the old-time motorless lawn mowers you have seen. These reel mowers have come a long way and aren’t just found on farms anymore.

lawn mower not starting is not an issue with reel lawn mowers

I was surprised to find these reel mowers popular, and even saw a neighbor using one. I bought the same one as him. There’s a wide selection of simple-to-use push mowers. Here’s the one I bought from Amazon, which has 5 blades.

lawn mower not starting issues are a thing of the past.


  1. Very easy to push (My 10-year-old uses it.)
  2. Very quiet. I can cut the grass at 8am without waking anyone.
  3. Never needs sharpening.
  4. Never have to buy gas, air filters or spark plugs.
  5. The reel lawn mower will not stall.
  6. The reel lawn mower will always start.
  7. Not expensive (under $80).
  8. Heavy Duty, yet easy to manage.
  9. Takes less space in the garage…can hang on wall if you want.
  10. No maintenance.
  11. I don’t smell like gas fumes after cutting the lawn.
  12. Cuts through grass like butter, leaving a nice natural cut.
  13. Can adjust grass cut height
  14. Fun and easy to use.

There is something therapeutic about pushing this reel lawn mower. Once I tried it, I knew I would never go back to a standard lawn mower again. I love the soothing metal swishing sound it makes as it cuts easily through the grass. It’s very satisfying.

Here’s a video of the reel mower I bought. I will replace it with my own once filmed

I offered to cut my dad’s lawn (1/2 acre) with it. He thought I was crazy, but it was fun. I cut his entire lawn in the time it would take for him to cut with his standard mower.

You can buy a rear catch bag to grab the grass but I did not. I never used a bag for my standard lawn mower either. I prefer to have the grass settle into the lawn for reseeding.

I know this tip isn’t what you expected. You may find it odd after growing up with a motorized lawn mower, as I have, as we all have. I wanted to try something different, while getting something that just works every time. I’m huge into saving time and money where I can and this is one of the best things I’ve done for my lawn and to fix lawn mower not starting.

I sold my Toro for $50, taking a big financial hit, but I didn’t care. I wanted it gone.

Thanks for reading!


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