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Time to Buy Power Tools During Tax Free Weekend – North Attleboro, MA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 09, 2013

Massachusetts tax-free weekend for 2013 is here this weekend, August 10-11. Here in Massachusetts we have one of the biggest savings during a state-wide tax-free weekend. The limit is $2,500 on almost any item.  Start Christmas shopping for dad, buy his upcoming birthday present or better yet, buy him new power tools for no reason at all.

If the your spouse has been coveting a new lawn mower, snow blower, or chain saw, we have new power tools and the power tool parts he needs if DIY outdoor power equipment repair is on the agenda.

Massachusetts has a few exemptions for the tax free weekend, but you can get anything from a power washer, lawn mower, chain saw, or trimmer; just about any item you can think of under $2,500 without paying sales tax on it this weekend only.

Here is a little more information on the sales tax holiday:

Exemptions: Exemptions are vehicles, motor boats, tobacco, meals, utilities and anything with a price tag over $2,500.

Layaway: Layaway items don't qualify for this tax-free holiday.

Coupons, discounts and coupon codes: They are allowed and will be applied before the tax exemption is applied, which means if an item is over $2,500 and your discount or coupon brings the price below the $2,500, then the item is eligible for the tax-free purchase.

Bundled items: If you buy a lawn mower, trimmer as a package deal and it comes to over the $2,500 for the bundle package, it does not qualify as a tax-free purchase, even though it is two items, not one.

Exchanges: Any items exchanged after the tax-free weekend will maintain the tax-free price.

At J&J Small Engine Clinic in North Attleboro, we have stocked up on some of our most popular power tools so you can take advantage of the tax-free shopping. For more information contact us.

How to Troubleshoot Your Lawn Mower

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 01, 2012

If your lawn mower won’t start, there are some common failures that you can troubleshoot on your own.  First make sure you have all the basics:

To run, your lawn mower needs to have good, clean fuel in the gas tank. If the gas is more than 30 days old, remove it. If you have a full tank of gas, you can use the old lawn mower gas in your car.

Make sure that your spark plug wire is attached to the plug.

It is a good idea to periodically take a look at your spark plug. Check the condition of the plug if the mower won’t start.

It could be fouled or oil soaked. If you are in doubt, you can just put in a new one, spark plugs are a fairly cheap part.

The other thing you can do is make sure that you are getting a spark. Put the plug wire on the spark plug and set the plug on the frame. Pull the rope to start the mower and you can see the spark. If you cannot, replace the plug.

Make sure the brake cable is functioning properly. You may have a stretched brake cable which is causing your lawn mower not to start. If you pull the brake, but you can pull the cable even more with your hand, and your mower starts, you know the cable is the culprit.

Your mower oil is critical. Make sure your oil is good quality and at the proper level.

If you have questions, or would prefer to have your lawn mower serviced, contact J&J Small Engine Clinic.

A Lawn Mower is not One-Size-Fits-All

Joseph Coupal - Friday, May 18, 2012

Choosing a new lawn mower is not an easy task. In particular, first time buyers have a hard time because they often don’t know exactly what they want in a lawn mower.

J&J Small Engine Clinic wants to find the best lawn mower or yard equipment to fit your needs. Big box stores often offer a one-size-fits-all model. But there are so many  choices that can fit your lawn, your budget, your time limits and convenience.

When it comes to buying lawn and yard equipment, local dealers are less expensive because they can offer you better choices. J&J Small Engine Clinic will sell you power tools that you will use rather than just store.

The type, style and size of the lawn makes a difference when buying a lawn mower. Is your lawn flat or hilly? Do you have lots of flower beds? Is it large or small? Are you mowing the lawn or are your kids? The size of the lawn mower bed can make a big difference in the amount of time you spend mowing.

For the best lawn mower for your life and home, contact J&J Small Engine Clinic.

Keep your Lawn Mower Running Longer and Better

Joseph Coupal - Friday, April 20, 2012

A trouble-free lawn care season begins with a lawn mower that starts easily and runs smoothly. The key to making that happen may be as simple as doing a mower tune-up this year. A tune-up is inexpensive, takes only about 30 minutes for a typical push mower and is easy.

Best of all, this annual maintenance can save hundreds of dollars in the long run because it helps avoid major, costly repairs and premature replacement of the lawn mower.

It's like preventive medicine for your equipment. For a few dollars and few minutes once a year, you can make your lawn mower last longer and run better.

Benefits of a tune-up include:

  • A lawn mower that starts quickly and runs smoothly at full power
  • Extended mower life and the potential to avoid major repairs
  • Reduced engine emissions because the engine runs cleaner
  • A small savings in the amount of gasoline used
Homeowners who have never attempted a mower tune-up can have it done at J&J Small Engine Clinic.

For the typical push mower, this is everything needed to do a tune-up: the right amount of oil, an air filter, spark plug and fuel preservative. Need parts? No problem; contact  J&J Small Engine Clinic.

Original article Wall Street Journal

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