Birkey’s does a lot of repair work on mowers during the summer, and we wanted to share our knowledge to help you fix common mower problems yourself. Every mower is different, so be sure to have your owner’s manual handy when you’re troubleshooting.
Here are tips for fixing 4 common mower problems yourself:
Mower engine won’t start
Throttle or choke not in starting position: Different riding mowers have different arrangements, so it’s best to check your operator’s manual for correct position for throttle control and choke for starting.
No fuel: While it may seem obvious, it’s an easy thing to overlook. Check to make sure you’ve got a full tank of gasoline. If not, fill it up and count it as one of the easiest problems you’ll solve all season.
Grass is wet or very tall: It’s best to cut grass when it’s dry, to avoid build up under the deck. If the grass is tall, cut it at a high setting first, then cut it again at your desired height.
Build up of clippings & debris: Clean the underside of your lawn mower.
Mower is vibrating and cutting unevenly
Bad blades: Depending on the severity, stop by Birkey’s to have your blades sharpened or pick up a new pair. If you don’t have the time, just bring them into the shop and we’ll make the necessary adjustments.
Cutting deck is not adjusted: Adjust the deck.
Try some of the previous “quick fixes”: Clean your mower and make sure the engine is at full throttle.
Birkey’s recommends that you do regular lawn mower maintenance at the beginning or end of the summer to prevent problems each year. We’ll transport your mower to our shop. Click here to find a location near you.
Birkey’s service manager in Bloomington, Brian Wright, speaks to a crowd at a 2013 Combine Clinic.
A crucial part of a successful harvest is equipment that is up to the task. Our free Case IH Clinics are designed to help you achieve that success.
Join us for useful information and the chance to talk one-on-one with our combine technicians about your equipment.
What you’ll learn:
Get tips on inspections
Make sure you’re doing proper routine maintenance
Review operational adjustments and productivity tips
Learn about our product update and support kits
Find out about new harvesting support products
Review off-season storage tips
Add a 2014 Birkey’s Combine Clinic mug to your collection!
Perks of attendance:
We are excited to share our combine product expertise, and we hope that you’ll be able to make upgrades to your equipment that will increase your productivity this fall. To get you started, you’ll receive 10% off one over-the-counter combine parts purchase (good for 2 weeks) just by attending one of our clinics.
With its strong relationship with Case IH and its reputation as a dealership that takes care of customers, it’s no surprise that Case Construction would select Birkey’s to handle its construction equipment line. That happened in 1988, when the manufacturer needed a dealership in the Urbana area.
Product Support Representative, Curt Arseneau
Since then, Birkey’s has added Case Construction Equipment to its lineup in Mattoon, Bloomington and Galesburg.
Case Construction Products and Support
Birkey’s is a full-line dealer for Case Construction, handling everything from compact items up to the highest-horsepower equipment.
“Case’s loader backhoe has been an industry leader for a long time, and it really holds its resale value,” said Jeff Hedge, a Birkey’s owner and regional manager for both agricultural and construction equipment. However, for many customers, the product support and reliability offered by Birkey’s is the key deciding factor for construction equipment.
We let them know that if they buy it from us … we will be there to support it. (more…)
For most people, Birkey’s is closely associated with one manufacturer—Case IH. Birkey’s has carried the brand since it was introduced back in the 1980s and was a strong International Harvester dealer before Case and IH joined forces. So, for all intents and purposes, the dealership has carried the same brand since its founding 60 years ago.
But two questions are worth asking:
Why did we choose Case IH? And why should our customers choose us to be their Case IH dealer?
A Case IH rep talks with Birkey’s customers
1. Long Relationships Develop Rapport
Birkey’s long history has led to an excellent relationship with Case IH. Mike Carley, a Birkey’s owner and regional manager for agricultural products, explains:
We are one of their largest dealerships, and they take us very seriously. We have great respect for each other.
This means customers of Birkey’s are on the front end of Case IH innovations and promotions. If it’s new at Case IH, you’ll find it here first. (more…)
Precision Farming Basics: Downloading Planting Data
This week in our continuing series on Precision Farming Basics, Darin Kennelly will show you how to download data from a Pro 700 display monitor and save these planting records on your computer.
Downloading data from your monitor is important. You’ve taken time and spent money to collect this data. Now take the next step to save it. While this information is useful for many reasons, it is particularly necessary if you choose to do variety tracking during harvest.
This video demonstrates how to download data using AgLeader SMS software. Farm Works, SST, and MapShots are other software programs that can be used. (more…)
Precision Farming Basics: Transferring Variety Tracking Data to a Combine
This is our second video in a series on Variety Tracking. Variety tracking allows producers to take information about the varieties they planted and move that data to their combine for harvest. If you haven’t already, watch our Downloading Planting Data video to get caught up to speed.
In this video, Birkey’s Precision Farming Specialist, Darin Kennelly, demonstrates how to prepare planting data from a Pro 700 display monitor and upload it to a combine monitor. Darin uses AgLeader SMS software to convert his data and download it to the monitor’s USB drive. (more…)
Many Birkey’s employees have a second job title: Dad.
And when it comes to Father’s Day gifts, these two titles are a winning combination.
Working at the store keeps these dads up-to-date on the latest Case and Case IH tools and gadgets, so when we asked them to pick items they’d like to get for Father’s Day, they came up with a fantastic list. (more…)