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WIU School of Ag Lawn Mower Repair Clinic Set for April 10-12

March 20, 2014

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MACOMB, IL – Spring has sprung, and before you know it, the grass-mowing season will be upon us. Student members of Western Illinois University's Ag Mech Club and Collegiate FFA can help you prepare for the growing season with their third annual Lawn Mower Repair Clinic.

According to Sarah Farmer (Monmouth, IL), a senior in the School of Agriculture, push mower drop-off times will be from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, April 10 and from 2-8 p.m. Friday, April 11. Students will be working on the mowers from 8 a.m.-noon (or until they're done) Saturday, April 12 and will contact each mower's owner when his/her mower is ready for pick up that day (April 12).

Mowers can be dropped off at the Ag Mechanics Lab's service entrance, which is located on the north side of Knoblauch Hall on the WIU-Macomb campus. This year, for a donation, students are offering a mower pick-up service (within the city limits of Macomb; deadline to schedule mower pick up and drop off, once repair is completed, is Tuesday, April 8).

For $40, the students will complete the following work on each push lawn mower:

  • Install new spark plug
  • Sharpen the blades
  • Clean the deck
  • Install a new air filter (if parts are applicable)
  • Drain and replace the oil
  • Install a new oil filter (if applicable)

According to Farmer, when mowers are dropped off on either April 10 or 11, they must be able to run. She also said students will not accept riding mowers due to the amount of work and time involved to work on this type of mower.

Sponsored by the Ag Mech Club and the CFFA, the Lawn Mower Clinic provides a way for students to practice their mechanical skills and provides the Macomb and surrounding communities with a helpful service. All proceeds from the clinic will go toward supporting the activities of the WIU School of Agriculture's CFFA chapter and Ag Mech Club.

For more information, or to request pick-up, contact Farmer at (309) 536-0174 or via email at

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