First Time Buyer GuideThings to consider before Buying a Zero Turn Mower!

Basic Tools Needed for Small Engine & Lawn Mower Repair

Having the right tools to work on your lawn mower is valuable to help repair, diagnose and maintain your mower. Weather you need the basic screwdriver to replace a air filter, a spark plug socket to do a tune up or even a mower lift to clean under your mower deck or sharpen your blades we've got you covered.

Below we'll go over the basic tools you need to fix and maintain your lawn mower, as well as make some suggestions for those of you that are willing to get into things a little deeper. These are the basic tools needed to get the job done right and with tool recommendations with budget in mind.

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Socket and Ratchet Set

Denali 93-Piece SAE/Metric Professional Grade Drive Socket Set

Consumer Ratings 4.4 Stars (4.4 / 5)

Having a variety of sockets and ratchets is a must. This set has 1/4-, 3/8-, and 1/2-Inch drive ratchets with regular, deep sockets in both SAE and Metric sizes. It also comes with a couple of short extensions which will come in handy along with a small set of longer extensions. This 93 piece set features corrosion resistant chrome vanadium steel, which all meet or exceed both ANSI and DIN standards. Included with the set is a carrying case helping you to easily transport and keep the set organized.

 

Extra Set of Extensions

Craftsman 12 Piece 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" Drive Extension Bar Set

Consumer Ratings 4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)

Having the right extensions will help make any jobs easier when it comes to getting into those hard to reach places. With this set you should be able to make it work whenever an extension required job arises. Even better these are backed by Craftsman guaranteed lifetime replacement warranty. If any Craftsman tool ever breaks, you can get it replaced for free. The extensions included in the set are (2) 3/8 X 6 INCH, (2) 3/8/ X 3 INCH, (2) 1/2 X 3 INCH, (2) 1/4 X 3 INCH, (2) 3/8 X 1.5 INCH, (2) 1/4 X 1.5 INCH sizes.

 

Spark Plug Sockets

Craftsman 7-Piece Easy-to-read Spark Plug Sockets Accessory Set

Consumer Ratings 4.0 Stars (4.0 / 5)

This set will likely be the only one you'll need to change most spark plugs. With these 6 spark plug sockets and bonus 3/8 U-Joint swivel extension you'll have the flexibility needed to get into small spaces. Don't forget it's backed by Craftsman lifetime replacement warranty. The spark plug sockets sizes are in the 3/8-in. drive (5/8, 13/16, 3/4-in, 18 mm) and two 1/2-in. drive sockets (5/8, 13/16-in.) cover nearly any application.

 

Spark Plug Gapper

Lisle 67870 Spark Plug Gauge Gap

Consumer Ratings 4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)

Having the right gap on the end of the spark plug is important enough that without the correct gap your small engine may not run right. This gapper with gauges and gaps all types of Spark Plugs from .020" to .100" (.50mm to 2.53mm). Tapered edge for gauging spark plugs. Specially designed hole with flange adjusts side wire of plug without pressuring center electrode.

Lisle 67870 Spark Plug Gauge Gap
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Torx Bit Socket Set

Craftsman 9-Piece 1/4" & 3/8" Torx Bit Socket Set

Consumer Ratings 4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)

Torx bits also known to some as star bits come in handy when working on a lawn mower. The last thing you want to do is trying to jam a large screwdriver into a Torx head, that usually ends badly. You might be laughing, but it happens all the time. The set includes 1/4" drive with sizes; T-15, T-20, T-25 and 3/8" drive with sizes; T-27, T-30, T40, T45, T-47 and T-50. Again it's backed by the Craftsman lifetime replacement warranty.

 

Good Screwdriver Set

Craftsman 9-31794 17-Piece Slotted Phillips Screwdriver Set

Consumer Ratings 4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)

Having a diverse set of screwdrivers is important, you never know when you might need a stubby one or a small one for some small electronic part. This set should include all the screwdrivers you'll ever need for working on a lawn mower. Craftsman screwdrivers have some great gripping handles too. This set includes 9 slotted screwdrivers, sizes; 3/32" x 1 1/2", 1/8" x 2", 1/8" x 4", 3/16" x 1 1/2", 3/16" x 4", 3/16" x 6", 3/16" x 9", 1/4" x 4", 1/4" x 6" and 7 Philips screwdrivers, sizes; #0 x 1 1/2", #0 x 2 1/2", #1 x 1 1/2", #1 x 3", #2 x 4", #2 x 6", #2 x 8".

 

SAE & Metric Wrench Set

Performance Tool (W1099) 32-Piece SAE and Metric Wrench Set

Consumer Ratings 4.0 Stars (4.0 / 5)

Having a wrench set is pretty much a must have for any garage related repair. This set offers a mirror polished chrome vanadium steel with bigger box end design which helps grip onto fasteners better. It comes with a storage rack and the sizes in the set include SAE sizes: 1/4in., 5/16in., 11/32in., 3/8in., 7/16in., 1/2in., 9/16in., 5/8in., 11/16in. and 3/4in. Stubby SAE sizes: 1/4in., 3/8in., 7/16in., 1/2in., 9/16in. and 5/8in. Metric sizes: 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17 and 18 millimeters. Stubby Metric sizes: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 millimeters.

 

Ratcheting Wrenches Set

GearWrench #35720 20-Piece Ratcheting Wrench SAE and Metric Set

Consumer Ratings 4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)

Ok, so having a set of these ratcheting wrenches might be more of a luxury to some. But once you get your hand on them it'll be a must off for your tool box. These are especially ideal for pleases a socket and ratchet will not fit. GearWrench makes their tools extremely strong and they all meet or exceed ANSI, SIN, and all Federal torque specifications. Includes SAE Sizes: 1/4, 5/16, 11/32, 3/8, 7/16, 1/2, 9/16, 5/8, 11/16 and 3/4 in and Metric Sizes: 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18mm.

 

Allen Wrenches/Hex Key Set

Stanley 85-753 22 Piece Long Arm SAE & Metric Hex Key Set

Consumer Ratings 4.8 Stars (4.8 / 5)

This long arm hex key set features strong steel coated with rust resistant black oxide coating. It's easy to keep these hex keys together with the included labeled holders. Included are SAE Sizes: .05", 1/16", 5/64", 3/32", 7/64", 1/8", 9/64", 5/32", 3/16", 7/32", 1/4", 5/16", 3/8". Metric sizes: 1.5mm, 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm.

 

Breaker Bars

Capri Tools 1/2 Inch Drive Extension Breaker Bar, 377 ft-lb, 24 inches

Consumer Ratings 4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)

Having a good breaker bar can sometimes be necessary when you're trying to loosen a bolt that you just can't get off with a standard ratchet or wrench. The Chrome-Moly head makes for an extremely strong and durable breaker bar. Capri offers a lifetime warranty on most of their tools.

 

Rubber Mallet

Powerbuilt 648336 16 Ounce White Rubber Mallet

Consumer Ratings 4.4 Stars (4.4 / 5)

You never know when you might have a part on the old lawn mower that might need some persuading back into place. Well a rubber mallet is a good solution for a lot of things. It still offer a good amount of hitting power but it's much less destructive than a heavier metal hammer. This one is designed with a non-marring white rubber head and is offered with a lifetime warranty.

 

Cordless Driller/Driver

BLACK & DECKER LDX120C 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill/Driver

Consumer Ratings 4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

A cordless drill would be ideal while working on just about anything. It'll help you get the job done quicker putting less strain on your muscles. While working on older lawn mowers it's likely that a mounting point somewhere like on the mowing deck may need reinforcing or has broken completely. A handy drill is easy to use in remounting and drilling holes in metal.

Wire Brush Drill Attachment

Century Drill and Tool 76221 Coarse Drill Cup Wire Brush, 2-3/4-Inch

Consumer Ratings 4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

A wire brush is ideal for removing rust and paint. It'll strip metal surfaces down to prepare for repainting or welding. Wire brushes also work well well on cleaning engine components such as bottom of head and block deck surfaces to ensure a clean surface for new gaskets/rtv to adhere to. It's attachable to drills and die grinders using a 1/4-inch hex quick change shank. The type of wires used in this brush are crimped.

 

Pliers Set

Craftsman Evolv 5 Piece Pliers Set

Consumer Ratings 4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

A good set of pliers is important for any handyman to assist with bending, cutting and holding nuts and bolts, etc. This Evolv set is made with a rust-resistant durable metal with great Craftsman quality. The set includes 6-inch diagonal pliers, slip joint pliers and long nosed pliers. Also 7-inch lineman pliers and 8-inch joint pliers.

Craftsman Evolv 5 Piece Pliers Set
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Vice Grip Locking Pliers

IRWIN Tools VISE-GRIP Locking Pliers Set 3-Piece with Kitbag (1771882)

Consumer Ratings 4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)

Vise-Grip locking pliers help assist with lots of jobs, particularly with rounded bolts and fasteners. These are one handed trigger-less release locking pliers constructed with heat-treated alloy steel. The sizes included are 10WR, 7WR, and 5WR curved jaw pliers with wire cutters and kit bag.

 

Blade Sharpener

Work Sharp WSGFS221 Guided Field Sharpener

Consumer Ratings 4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)

Keeping your mower blades sharp is import for a clean cut and healthy grass. This is a complete blade sharpener that can be used out in the field or at home in the garage. The diamond plates, ceramic rods, leather strop and sharpening guides all work together to provide a fast and consistent sharpening motion. Work Sharp is made in the USA and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

Mower Lift

MoJack MJPRO 750-Pound Lift For Tractors And Zero Turn Lawn Mowers

Consumer Ratings 4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)

Keeping up with your mower's maintenance is an important task, but when it comes to clean under the deck or sharpening the blades for most this is difficult. Without the proper lift there isn't many ways to safely lift and secure and mower. The MoJack Pro is specifically designed to lift lawn tractors and zero turn mowers. Click Here to read our full in depth review of the MoJack Pro.

 

Conclusion

You're probably thinking that's a lot of tools just to maintain a zero turn mower. Well yes it can be a little overwhelming and no you don't necssarily need all of them. For some having most of the maintance done at an authorized dealer is probably the best choice. But if you're a mechanically inclined DIY'er then you might want to consider the above mentioned tools and chances are you already own 90% of them anyway.

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