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Summertime Outdoor Equipment Maintenance

Troy-Bilt lawn mower cutting a lawnThe days are longer, the lawns are growing like crazy – it’s not the time to have your lawn mower or lawn tractor sputter and cough and not run when you go to cut the grass!

Black Creek Services performs maintenance on Lawn Mowers, Riding Lawn Mowers, and Lawn Tractors in the Jacksonville, Florida area. And we can perform repairs, if necessary.

Our service area includes Fleming Island, Orange Park, Green Cove Springs, and of course Middleburg, where our shop is located.

  • Black Creek Services 904.449.3986 offers equipment pick up and delivery service for people in our service area.
  • We also provide maintenance and repair service for Portable Generators, and Pressure Washers.

Black Creek Services 904.449.3986 can perform routine maintenance on your small engine-powered outdoor equipment, or repairs, as needed, to get your equipment ready to go, when you need it!

  • Cost: Payment required – Estimated maintenance service fee is based on type of equipment to be maintained.

– – Repairs and pickup and delivery service fees are in addition to maintenance fees.
– – Call 904.449.3986 for an estimate and to make an appointment for your equipment.

Contact Black Creek Services today or Call us 904.449.3986 to make your appointment to get your Outdoor Power Equipment Ready to Go when You are!

Lawn Mower and Lawn Tractor Repair Jacksonville Florida

Call Black Creek Services 904.449.3986 for someone you can trust when you need lawn mower repair and lawn tractor repair.

jungle in the un-mown back yardSome people don’t pay much attention to their lawn mowers and lawn tractors until they are ready to mow their lawn. Then, when the mower won’t start, or runs a little and then dies, they need someone to get their mower fixed and get that lawn mowed before it becomes a jungle out there.

More and more people are thinking ahead, and getting their lawn mowers and lawn tractors serviced when the weather starts to warm up and the grass starts growing again, so they are ready to go when their lawn needs a trim.

Husqvarna rear discharge lawn mowerBlack Creek Services helps people in the Jacksonville, Florida area get their walk behind Lawn Mower and Lawn Tractors running again in our Middleburg, Florida shop. Pickup and delivery service is available.

Sometimes a mower that won’t start just needs our regular Lawn Mower or Lawn Tractor Service to get their equipment running great again:

  • Oil Change
  • Blade Sharpen
  • Spark Plug
  • Filter Service
  • Fuel system check and cleaner installed

Other times, if your mower won’t start, it may need repairs.

Black Creek Services has almost 20 years experience in professional small engine maintenance and small engine repair, including lawn mower repair and lawn tractor repair. Jimmy Stockton, owner of Black Creek Services, has helped a lot of people in the Jacksonville, Florida area keep their small engines performing well and even bring some of their dead lawn mowers and lawn tractors back to life.

Zero Turn Radius Riding Lawn MowerFor most equipment, our regular Lawn Mower or Lawn Tractor Service will get your Lawn Mower or Lawn Tractor running again. And we will be just as happy as you if our Service Special is all that needs to be done on your equipment. Sometimes, your small engine-powered outdoor equipment needs some additional work to get it going again, and if so Jimmy will explain the problems he has found, and give you an honest recommendation for what work needs to be done, an estimate of how much it would cost, and what he advises for your particular equipment.

So if you live in Jacksonville, Orange Park, Fleming Island, Green Cove Springs, or Middleburg, Florida, give Black Creek Services a call at 904.449.3986 for Lawn Mower and Lawn Tractor service and repair.

Ready for Florida Hurricane Season in Jacksonville?

Being prepared during this hurricane season in Jacksonville Florida is very important.

Hurricane Season for the United States Atlantic Coast runs from June through November.

Hurricane Season in Florida - Hurricane Fran - September 1996Waiting until you see a storm nearby in the Atlantic, or see a Hurricane Watch or a Hurricane Warning being flashed across your television or smart phone screen could be too late to protect yourself, your family and loved ones and your property.

A little preparation goes a long way to being prepared for a hurricane coming to the Jacksonville Florida area.

Please take some time to go over Hurricane Preparedness lists like the one at the NOAA National Hurricane Center.

A few minutes spent gathering resources and preparing a plan for you and your family can mean the difference between survival and sorrow.

  • Do you have a portable generator for providing emergency electrical power to your home or business?
  • Is your portable generator maintained annually, and run periodically, to make sure it is ready when you need it?

Briggs and Stratton Portable GeneratorBlack Creek Services, Inc. provides reliable in-shop portable generator maintenance and repair. No portable generator is too big or too small.

If you have a portable generator, and it needs annual maintenance, or you are having trouble getting it to start or stay running, or it will not provide the power that it used to, use our Black Creek Services Contact form, or Call 904-449-3986 for an estimate or to make an appointment to get your portable generator ready to go when you are!

  • We also can provide pickup and delivery service for clients in our service area.

Let us help you have confidence that your portable generator is one thing you don’t have to worry about during this Florida Hurricane Season.

When you call us, if we aren’t able to answer the phone, please leave your name and phone number, and a brief description of what work you’d like done.

Portable Generator Maintenance

Many people living in Florida have purchased a Portable Generator to provide some electrical power if their primary electrical service is lost.

Thankfully, for most of us our primary electrical service is very reliable.

hurricane weatherBut during Florida Hurricane Season (June through November each year) or even during a more common thunderstorm, or as the result of an accident, there can be a power outage that can last from minutes to hours, even days. And to provide a reliable backup source of electrical power, we have a portable generator.

Because our primary electrical power service is so reliable, often our portable generators can sit for months without being needed. If they are not run periodically, they may not perform when we need them.

Briggs and Stratton Portable Generator“It’s a good idea to have a professional service your portable generator once a year.” – Allstate Insurance, on Portable Generator maintenance.
In addition to annual professional maintenance of your portable generator, most generator manufacturers recommend:

1.  Read and follow the instructions in the manufacturer’s Owner’s manual for your portable generator. If you do not understand the instructions clearly, give them a call; most manufacturer’s have a telephone number in the Owner’s manual, and many are toll free.

2.  Put a fresh half gallon of fuel in the generator fuel tank, once each month, and run the generator for at least an hour. Drain any left over gasoline from the fuel tank. Gas goes stale when left sitting in a fuel tank for a month, and is harder to start.

As an alternative, some people add a fuel stabilizer (such as Briggs and Stratton fuel stabilizer treatment) to the fuel in their tank, which helps the fuel stay fresh longer.

3.  Check your generator starting method.

  • If your portable generator is a manual, pull-start, check the pull rope for wear as you pull it to start the generator each month. A worn rope should be replaced so it doesn’t break when you really need that generator.
  • If your portable generator is a battery started model, check the charge on that battery, and re-charge it if necessary.
  • Some portable generators have a manual start capability as a backup for the battery starting capability, and in those cases, you should check both ways of starting your generator.

portable generator with a small engine4.  While running your generator each month, plug in a small appliance; a lamp or a portable drill or kitchen hand mixer, and run the appliance to make sure that the generator is producing electricity.

5.  Remember that Portable Generators produce exhaust gasses when they operate, including carbon monoxide with is colorless and has no odor, and can be deadly.  Always operate you portable generator outside of your home or business. And do not run a portable generator near an open window, because the carbon monoxide can blow into the home or business and endanger anyone inside.

6.  Protect your Generator. When you operate your Portable Generator, shelter it from wet or damp conditions, to prevent shock hazards from the electricity being produced by the generator (and to keep your generator from shorting out, or from being damaged by corrosion). Then store your generator in a safe, dry place, to keep it ready for use during an emergency.

7.  Generator fuel is flammable. Store fuel (usually gasoline) in a safe container, and in a safe, cool and well ventilated place that is not in the same space as where you operate the Portable Generator. Never add fuel to a generator until the generator cools down. Better to use flashlights for a while than take a chance on a fire or explosion!

Generac Portable GeneratorBlack Creek Services, Inc. provides reliable Portable Generator maintenance and repair service for clients in Middleburg, Fleming Island, Green Cove Springs, Orange Park, and Jacksonville, Florida,  in our shop in Middleburg, Florida.

  • Call 904.449.3986 to make an appointment to drop off your small engine powered Lawn Mower, Lawn Tractor, Portable Generator, or Pressure Washer at our Middleburg, Florida shop.
  • We also can provide pickup and delivery service for clients in our service area.

If your portable generator is hard to start, runs rough, or won’t start at all, before you start pricing a replacement, Call Black Creek Services, Inc.  at 904.449.3986 or Contact Black Creek Services, Inc. for a free estimate. Often, with some minor repairs, we can have your portable generator running right and reliable again in no time.


 

Springtime is Outdoor Equipment Maintenance Time!

Pink springtime blossomsSpringtime is such a great time of year! Buds are blossoming, the grass is starting to grow again, leaves are popping out on shrubs and trees! Time for Outdoor Equipment Maintenance!

Is your Lawn Mower, Lawn Tractor, Riding Mower, Portable Generator, or Pressure Washer ready for Spring?

Black Creek Services can perform routine maintenance on your small engine-powered equipment, or repairs, as needed, to get your equipment ready to go, when you need it!

  • Cost: Payment required – Estimated maintenance service fee is based on type of equipment to be maintained.
    – – Repairs and pickup and delivery service fees are in addition to maintenance fees.
    – – Call 904.449.3986 for an estimate and to make an appointment for your equipment.
  • We offer equipment pick up and delivery service for people in Middleburg, Fleming Island, Orange Park, and the Jacksonville area, from our Middleburg, Florida shop.

Contact Black Creek Services today or give us a Call 904.449.3986 to make your appointment to get your Outdoor Power Equipment Ready to Go when You are!

Pressure Washers – Rent or Buy?

Pressure Washers make short work of many cleaning projects.

  • Home, private owner use Pressure Washer from Lowe’s, Home Depot, or similar home improvement stores cost between $300 to $500.
  • Good, commercial grade Pressure Washers can be found for less than $1000.

Pressure Washer with Honda small engineBoth private use Pressure Washers and Commercial grade Pressure Washers may look nice, but the Commercial grade Pressure Washers are designed to last a lot longer.

Frequent causes of problems with Pressure Washers are old fuel, loose electrical connection, or the water pump.

Most private use pressure washers are built with a pump designed to last from 30 to 40 hours before the first operational problem happens. Then the bearings go out, and it locks up.

Unfortunately, the cost of a durable replacement pump is $150 to $200, and then there is the cost of labor for replacing the pump, and any other repairs to your pressure washer.

Of course, if clients just want to replace the failed pump with another one designed to only last 30 to 40 hours of use, we can do that too.

DeWalt Pressure Washer with small engineLet’s see – $400 for a Pressure Washer that works for around 20 hours, that’s about $20 / hour. If there is an equipment rental store in the neighborhood, people might save money by renting a Pressure Washer rather than buying one of their own.

But if you have a Pressure Washer and it isn’t running, give us a call at Black Creek Services, Inc. 904.449.3986.

We have over 20 years of experience with small engine repair. We may be able to get your Pressure Washer running again at a cost less than buying a new one.

Often we find problems are fuel system from sitting too long, and we can fix those relatively easily, and for not much cost.

Black Creek Services, Inc. offers reliable Pressure Washer Repair, Portable Generator Repair, Lawn Mower Repair, and Lawn Tractor Repair in the Jacksonville Florida area. We’re talking Jacksonville, Orange Park, Fleming Island, Green Cove Springs, and Middleburg, Florida.

Call 904.449.3986 to make an appointment to drop off your small engine powered Lawn Mower, Lawn Tractor, Portable Generator, or Pressure Washer at our Middleburg, Florida shop.

  • We also can provide pickup and delivery service for clients in our service area.

We like to help people get their small engine-powered equipment running right again!


 

Quality Lawn Mower Service in Middleburg Florida area

Is your lawn mower or lawn tractor giving you a rough time when you need to mow your lawn?

mowing the lawnIf your lawn mower is hard to start, runs rough, or won’t even start at all, you can get quality lawn mower service for your lawn mower or lawn tractor from Black Creek Services, Inc. of Middleburg, Florida: 904.449.3986.

Our prices are reasonable and competitive. If we can’t fix your problem, we won’t waste your time or your money!

We provide in-shop lawn mower and lawn tractor repair service in our Middleburg, Florida shop.

  • You can make an appointment to bring your mower or lawn tractor in (Just Call 904.449.3986) , or we offer pickup and delivery service.

small engine Briggs and StrattonMany people don’t realize that if you need to get your lawn mower ready for each new mowing season:

  • Replace the oil.
  • Clean or replace the air filter.
  • Replace the gasoline.
  • Replace your spark plug.

Many times,  just these four steps gets your lawn mower running properly again.

Let us help you be able to enjoy mowing your lawn again!

We provide our lawn mower and lawn tractor tuneup and repair service for clients in Middleburg, Orange Park, Green Cove Springs, Fleming Island, and Jacksonville, Florida.

Call Black Creek Services, Inc. 904.449.3986  for an appointment to get your lawn mower or lawn tractor performing like it should.

 

Outdoor Power Equipment Winter Care in Jacksonville FL

lawn mower in outdoor shed - available from Home DepotWhen it’s wintertime, a lot of people put their outdoor power equipment away until the Bermuda grass starts turning green again in the spring.

But before you put your outdoor power equipment away, it’s important to do some winter care for your outdoor power equipment.

Doing a little preventive maintenance winter care on your equipment will help you avoid problems when you try to start it up in the spring.

One of the easiest preventive maintenance steps to protect your power equipment this winter is to add Briggs & Stratton 5-in-1 Advanced Formula Fuel Stabilizer & Treatment to your gas tank.

  • We recommend that the first step in any small engine maintenance is to review the instructions in your power equipment Owners Manual.
  • Next run your lawn mower, lawn tractor, or pressure washer (outside). Running the engine will get the fuel additives and preservatives that protect your small engine from the effects of ethanol damage through your engine fuel system.
  • Finally, top off your fuel tank to prevent accumulation of moisture that could lead to corrosion.

Please read our Portable Generator article for preventive maintenance recommendations.

Don’t have time for winter care to repair or maintain your outdoor power equipment?

Black Creek Services has almost 20 years of experience, working on small engines. We work on:

  • lawn mowers
  • lawn tractors
  • portable generators
  • pressure washers

Just give Black Creek Services a call at 904.449.3986. We can help you keep your small engine-powered equipment maintained for a fair and reasonable price.

  • Pickup and delivery service is available, too!

Black Creek Services, Inc. LogoWhen springtime rolls around, we can also help you make sure your power equipment is ready for a busy season with a Springtime Small Engine Maintenance Service.

Black Creek Services, Inc. offers in-shop lawn mower and lawn tractor maintenance and repair for clients living in the Jacksonville Florida area. We do our work in our Middleburg, Florida shop.

  • You can call us 904.449.3986 to make an appointment to bring your lawn mower or lawn tractor in, or we can provide pickup and deliver service.

We work on outdoor power equipment for people living in Jacksonville, Orange Park, Fleming Island, Green Cove Springs, and Middleburg, Florida.

If you have questions, please call us 904.449.3986 or Contact us. We like to help people get their small engine-powered equipment running right again!

Pressure Washer Maintenance in Jacksonville Florida

When your pressure washer is running right, you can clean your car, your home, your driveway, and more. But if you are having problems with how your pressure washer is running, Call Black Creek Services, Inc. 904.449.3986 for reliable in-shop repair of your pressure washer.

Pressure Washer with Honda small engineBlack Creek Services, Inc. has been working on small engines in pressure washers, lawn mowers, lawn tractors, and emergency power generators, in the Jacksonville, Florida area, since 1998.  We can provide pickup and delivery – prompt and efficient service.

Our motto is, “No small engine repair job is too big or too small.”

Pressure Washer with small engineBlack Creek Services is located in Middleburg, Florida, and also provides our small engine maintenance and repair services for clients in surrounding areas such as:

  • Fleming Island
  • Orange Park
  • Jacksonville
  • Green Cove Springs

If your pressure washer is not performing like it should, before you start pricing a replacement, Call Black Creek Services, Inc. 904.449.3986 for a free estimate.

  • Call 904.449.3986 to make an appointment to drop off your small engine powered Lawn Mower, Lawn Tractor, Portable Generator, or Pressure Washer at our Middleburg, Florida shop.
  • We also can provide pickup and delivery service for clients in our service area.

 

Small Engine Repair Tips

Racing Lawn TractorsSome companies focus on a pretty package for their small engine-powered product. Paint, shiny trim, and flashy decals can make their product very eye-catching. How the product performs should be among the top criteria in a consumer’s shopping list. And the small engine that powers the item is important in producing that product performance.

If your Lawn Mower, Lawn Tractor, Portable Generator, or Pressure Washer is not performing like it used to, here are some small engine repair tips to help you out.

small engine Briggs and Stratton1.  All small engines are not the same. You may pay a little more to get a product with a brand name small engine like Briggs and Stratton, Honda, or Kohler. That’s OK. These people make rugged, reliable engines. If properly maintained, they will keep performing well for years and years.

Some off-brand small engines don’t stock repair parts, so what might be an easy fix for a better know small engine might be the “end of the line” for the off-brand engine,  and the lawn mower, lawn tractor, portable generator, or pressure washer it was powering. Bummer!

2.  Get genuine repair parts for your small engine-powered equipment whenever possible.  A small engine runs best with the parts that meet it’s original design (unless you are into Lawn Tractor Racing). Some companies do a good business in providing parts that “will work” in various small engines. Without the original design plans, they have to guess at the specifications for the replacement parts they make. And variations from the original design specifications can result in less than optimum performance for you and your small engine.

lawn mower small engine3.  Unless you are handy with tools, and understand how to maintain your small engine-powered equipment in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, have a professional mechanic maintain your equipment on a regular schedule. Most manufacturers recommend regular maintenance every so many months, or so many hours of operation. Many people have their small engine-powered equipment maintained each spring, when we tend to become more active with such equipment. Regular maintenance can help your equipment last as long as it was originally designed to.

4. Regular maintenance of your small engine powered equipment will help it last longer, and that saves you money. Equipment that is not properly maintained will cost you money, either in repair bills or in the cost of having to buy a new piece of equipment. Who needs that? Do yourself a favor and let us help you with maintenance of your small engine powered equipment. Black Creek Services, Inc. provides thorough, reliable maintenance and repair for Lawn Mowers, Lawn Tractors, Portable Generators, and Pressure Washers.

5.  If you are having problems with your small engine-powered equipment, just call Black Creek Services, Inc.  904.449.3986. We can provide a FREE estimate.

  • We provide reliable maintenance and repairs in our Middleburg, Florida shop for clients living in Middleburg, Fleming Island, Green Cove Springs, Orange Park, and Jacksonville, Florida.
  • Black Creek Services can also provide pickup and delivery service for clients in our service area.

If you have questions, please call us 904.449.3986 or Contact us. We like to help people get their small engine-powered equipment running right again!