How do I Troubleshoot Gardening Equipment?

| 12/20/2012 10:40:43 AM

I keep getting this same question about troubleshooting garden equipment.  Whether large or smaller motorized or electrical equipment, I have found a simple way to troubleshoot gardening equipment.

Troubleshooting farm equipment 

So I have come up with an acronym that I have been using for decades.  It is S.O.A.R, or Seek, Observe, Act and Reap.   Whenever I have been asked to “fix” something, I do the following.


  • What is its purpose
  • How do I think it works?
  • Do they have a manual
  • Can I call the manufacturer or find it online?


Once I know what it is supposed to do, and how I think it works, it is time to find out how it really works.

  • Do I have one that works?
  • Do I need a manual, or can I just take it apart and see how it is built.
  • Can I get spare parts
  • Does it make sense to repair this item, or should it be replaced

So I am observing how it works or doesn’t work.  Then I am looking for manuals or information about this equipment.

Remember, it doesn’t matter what the equipment is, you can look at everything in this way to get it working again properly.

12/22/2012 12:54:52 PM

Chris, you are quite methodical in fixing equipment. I used to be fearless in working on mechanical things but technology has reined in my quest for knowledge in such things. Well, and there is getting older. I just don't want to deal with it any more. My equipment has been paired down to just a couple of cars, a lawn mower, and a snow blower. Have a great equipment repair day.