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How to Repair a Lawn Sweeper

By Contributing Writer ; Updated September 21, 2017

Ever since you bought your lawn sweeper, your yard work has become MUCH easier. But, now, it needs repair, and you don’t have the money to take it to a repair shop OR to buy a new one.

That’s OK. You can make simple repairs yourself. Your owner’s manual will have replacement parts and part numbers so that you can purchase the right things, and you probably have the tools necessary to perform other minor repair jobs or install the new parts yourself.

How to Repair a Lawn Sweeper

Check to see if the vacuum portion is clogged with debris. Clear out any twigs or branches, damp clippings, rocks, or other foreign materials that may be affecting the vacuum. If necessary, wipe out the parts of the vacuum portion that you can reach with a clean rag, then allow them to dry thoroughly.

Check to see if the brushes have come loose, or have become so worn that they can longer pick up the debris. Tighten them if they have loosened up; or order replacement brushes and install them following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Check to see if the tires are under-inflated or have become damaged to the extent that they will no longer hold air. Air them up if they are simply too low; replace them with new tires you have ordered if they will not hold air, or are otherwise damaged or worn out.

Check to see if the canvas debris catcher has become torn or separated from the frame. Tape, glue, or otherwise re-fasten the catcher to the frame, using the necessary tools to accomplish. Use a similar piece of material and epoxy glue to make and install a patch on a small tear.

Remove a severely damaged canvas debris catcher from the sweeper, and use the old one as a pattern. Cut a piece of canvas the same size as the old piece, and attach it to the frame.

Order replacement parts for the handle and frame, or make your own out of pieces of PVC pipe or other material that can be bent and fitted to the rest of the sweeper.

Check the motor (if your sweeper has one). Replace spark plugs, replace filters, repair or replace the cord on an electric model, or empty, clean, and re-fill the tank on a fuel-driven model.

 

Things You Will Need

  • Replacement parts
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Canvas

Tips

  • When ordering replacement parts, make sure you give the right part numbers. This way, you won’t have to go through the hassle of re-ordering the correct part.
  • Double-check your replacement when it comes in. Check for damage, and to make sure it is the right one.
  • Make your own replacement parts, especially if the damage is to the canvas catcher or the frame. You can then continue to use the lawn sweeper while you are waiting on the factory replacement part.

Warnings

  • If the lawn sweeper has a fuel or electric driven motor, make sure the motor is turned off BEFORE you attempt any repairs. Unplug electric driven sweepers.
  • If the lawn sweeper motor is fuel-driven, be careful when emptying and filling the tank. ALL types of motor fuels are FLAMMABLE, and can ignite quickly, causing a fire.
  • If you’re not sure you can fix it, don’t attempt it. Let a professional do it.