Small Engine Repair

This site was updated and revised due to the changes in the Small Engine Industry over the past two years, tentatively completed on May 20th. I also wanted to incorporate some changes in the way I conduct business due to the impact on the Industry for as Retail sales and Service. For example, E-commerce and the increasing Carburation problems due to gasoline and/or lack of maintenance. See Company page for more information.

 Larry’s Small Engine Repair, LLC is in NW Houston/Cypress, TX. We are an Authorized Repair Center for Amerisun Inc., Coleman, Champion, Generac and Winco Generators. It is a locally owned and operated small engine repair shop that provides quality work at affordable rates. We repair 2 & 4 cycle small engines on Generators, Pressure Washers, Lawn Mowers, Blowers, Chain Saws and Misc. Equipment.

Forms of Payment Accepted: Cash, Credit Cards, PayPal & Checks within Harris County

Business Hours: M – F 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Sat. 10:00 – 2:00 pm

My Motto is “Focus on What You Do Best and Let Me Focus on What I Do Best.”

  • You can contact me at (832)-643-2315 or send a message using my Contact Page. I take work by appointment only to prevent a backlog of work. I work by myself, so utilization of my time is necessary.

For Service Information: Services Page

For Company Information: Company Page

If you call, I will ask you a few simple questions. I need to understand the scope of the work that you want done. Then I can determine if it is something that I can do and/or have the necessary time. I cannot diagnose a problem without first seeing the equipment nor will I provide a quote to repair it.

Transparency, honesty and integrity are more important to me than how much money my business makes me. I was forced to make a change in 2018 regarding my business practices and operations due to customers taking advantage of me. I had eleven Portable Generators abandoned after Hurricane Harvey that had been repaired, and eventually I had them hauled off for scrap.

My business is repairing equipment, not a consulting service. Consulting is a service although it is not free nor is it a tangible item.

My goals are to offer quality work at lower costs with a quick turnaround time. I base my business on “honesty and integrity,” which are very important to me. It is reflected in our work ethics and our daily lives; it defines what kind of person I am.

I no longer work on cheap expendable non-durable consumer products; in most cases it is cheaper to buy a new one. I will give you an example, a retail $100 – $150 weed trimmer or blower. Most two cycle engines can be diagnosed by a simple process, but some require a major diagnosis that could render it not being cost effective to repair.

I no longer work on Riding Tractor Mowers/Riding Mowers or Zero Turns. I was forced to make that decision based on several reasons.

My time, labor, knowledge and skills have a monetary value, and all are required to repair equipment. Just because I get my hands dirty and grease under my nails does not mean that I am ignorant. I worked in the O&G Industry for almost 50 years, 25 years of it with Exxon. With 56 years of diversified experience and my knowledge, I consider myself equivalent to or better than some professionals, PE’s.There is nothing better or more important than hands-on experience.

The knowledge gained from years of hands-on experience just does not get any better. I want to quote a couple of sentences from an article and I will provide the link to it. “Ultimately, it really is less expensive to pay a qualified technician for a proper diagnosis than it is to replace components based on a hunch of what might be wrong. They may have dirty fingernails, but some senior master automobile technicians actually have as much training as medical professionals—why should their time matter any less?” This is the link to the article which is applicable to the way I operate my business:

In rare cases, 1 – 2 parts may have to be replaced to find the root cause of the problem. If that is the case, then I will contact you before proceeding with any work. “Additional parts” must be paid for in advance before proceeding with the work. I was forced to implement this change to stop the loss of time and money.

Scope of the services provided are:

  • Diagnosis
  • Engine Repair & Replacement – 2 & 4 Cycle – Limited repair on cheap/low quality 2-cycle equipment.
  • Tune-Ups – 90% of problems are gas related, so I replace the carburetor because it is necessary to eliminate initial diagnostic issues and avoid any liability issues.
  • Misc. repairs not just related to engines only.
  • Generator Repair & Load Bank Testing – Alternator Repair is limited due to the unlimited number of different brands that are made in China and lack of parts & documentation availability.
  • Load Bank testing is necessary sometimes, but it is optional: The fee for a load bank test is $125.
  • There is no guarantee that any Portable Generator will output the correct voltage and hertz “under load” new out of the box, so buyer beware. That is the purpose of having a load bank tester.

I do not give advice on how to resolve problems for two reasons:

  1. It is a liability issue.
  2. I do not get compensated nor do I get a thank you.

I will not attempt to diagnose or provide a quote based on information that you provide me with. There is an old saying about “making assumptions.” I have seen it too many times when I get a piece of equipment that is not as described or expected.

If you or someone has worked on it and I was not informed, then I will notify you immediately to pick it up or pay the additional costs to get it back to a point from which I can start a new diagnosis. This is a frequent occurrence and has cost me time and money.

Please do not park in the street. I will not look at, unload or load a piece of equipment in the street.

For the past seven years I have gone above and beyond to accommodate people (nights & weekends), and they never show up nor have the courtesy to call let me know that they changed their mind.

Approximately 75% of all repair work can be prevented. I am not in the consulting business of how to maintain or repair equipment and small engines. If you take the time to read and follow the owner’s manual and perform the scheduled maintenance, then your equipment will last longer.