Cost to Tune Up a Tractor – 2021

| Last Updated: August 24, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 264

$ 85

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 52% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

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The average price to Tune Up a Tractor noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much does it cost to tune up a tractor? A repair service charges $264 to tune up a tractor vs. doing it yourself for $85 and saving 67 percent. 

Regular maintenance of any lawn equipment makes it operate at peak performance and ensures that it’s running safely. To keep a lawn tractor in good running order, get a regular tune up by the manufacturer or do it yourself.

A thorough checkup involves inspecting belts for wear and adjusting the tension, then cleaning the engine compartment and removing any build-up of debris under the deck. Next, change the oil and replace the spark plugs and air and fuel filters, and check the battery for voltage and continuity.

You have to find an environmentally safe place to dispose the old oil you removed.

Then grease the axle and mower spindles. Sharpen and balance the blades, but be careful. Remember to disconnect spark plug wires or negative battery cable to prevent an accidental startup. These routine procedures guarantee you’ll get the best cutting action and a smooth ride all season.

John Deere is a manufacturer that does house calls for lawn tractors with a mobile tune up service. A mechanic and trailer (with a service bay and lift) arrives at your house, and the mechanic moves the tractor inside and does a complete checkup for $264. A mechanically savvy do-it-yourselfer can do a tune up for $85, the cost of the oil, filters, belts and other materials, and save 67 percent.

Looking for some advice about your lawn? Here’s the latest word from the Yard & Garden Guru Ultimate Lawn Care and Maintenance Guide.

Considering buying a new lawn tractor? Get advice at Best of about choosing a riding lawn mower that’s right for your size of lawn.

That sums it up. Knowing the average cost to tune up a tractor lets you compare doing it yourself with what you can expect to pay a contractor.

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