How to Choose the Right Carburetor for Your Lawn Mower

Gas-powered lawn mowers rely on the carburetor to provide the right mix of fuel and air to the engine. Whether you decide to buy a new one or rebuild the one on your lawnmower, you need to have the right parts. This will ensure the proper mix to power your equipment. Keep reading to learn more about shopping for lawn mower carburetors and their parts.

How can you make sure you buy the right carburetor?

Having a part number is the best way to ensure you get the right carburetor for your lawnmower. Sometimes you might not have that information. In that case, you can also use the model name or number or engine size from your lawnmower for guidance.

Lawn mower and tractor engines can vary in size quite a bit, so double-check yours before you start shopping. You can find carburetors for small 22cc weed eaters or 20 HP lawn tractors, so always check to ensure compatibility on that front.

Another common indication about carburetor compatibility include the brand name of the engine; you should check the manufacturer's site to be sure of compatibility.

What brands of carburetors are available?

You can buy carburetors for most major brands of lawnmowers and yard equipment. Make sure you buy parts that are designed to fit the brand you are replacing. They will usually be the same name or listed as a direct replacement part. Some of the major brands that are commonly available for sale on eBay include:

  • Honda
  • Briggs & Stratton
  • Tecumseh
  • Kohler
  • John Deere
Will you need to buy new gaskets with a new lawnmower carburetor?

Most of the gaskets in your carburetor are internal, so they will be included. Check to see if a mounting gasket to ensure a tight seal during installation comes with your part. If not, you will want to get a new one instead of reusing the one already on your mower. Gaskets and seals wear and can cause problems if they leak.

What do you need to know about buying used carburetors?

Buying used parts can be a good way to save money, especially if your budget is stretched pretty thin. They are often more affordable than buying a new one. If you really don't want to buy a used part, look for an open box deal that gives you a new one but without in-tact packaging.

Since carburetors are subject to wear, you might want to look for a refurbished model. These have had the worn parts, usually gaskets and hoses, replaced with new ones so they function like new. You might also choose to get a rebuild kit to bring yours back to working order.

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