Small Engine Repair

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This site is currently being updated and revised, but the Live Version is fully Functional. The Home Page is complete, but the rest are still a rough draft. They essentially need some edits and minor revisions.

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.

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 to discuss the service that you need and schedule an appointment. I take work by appointment only to prevent a backlog of work. In turn that allows me the flexibility to work on more than one job at a time because I am responsible for all aspects of my business.

If you call, I will ask you a few simple questions. I need to understand the scope of the work you want done. Then I can determine if it is something that I can do or am willing to attempt to repair. I cannot diagnose a problem without first seeing it.

You can also send a message using my Contact Page, and I will call you back at my earliest convenience.

This home page summarizes how I conduct my business and, so you may find the answer to your question here on this page.

Note: This page is longer than usual because I tried to address any & all potential questions.

I want to make a comment regarding my Website because it may appear to be something that most people would not expect to see or read. There is an underlying message built into this page for good reason. Transparency, honesty and integrity are more important to me than how much money my business makes me.

It is with regret that I was forced to make changes in 2018 regarding my business practices and operations due to customers taking advantage of me. It happens due to the nature of the business and some people. Rather than post signs or spend time explaining it. I have included the necessary information on my Home Page & Website.

NOTE: The current trend that I am seeing in 2018 is more people are attempting to repair their own equipment which is a good thing, if you know what you are doing. My business is repairing equipment not a consulting service for repairing equipment, and I will not perform additional work unless the customer specifically asks me to.

A brief explanation as to what I am talking about. A pressure washer is made up of two components, the engine and the pump and one has nothing to do with the other. The same goes for a Portable Generator, it has an engine that operates the Alternator, again one has nothing to do with the other. The logic is the same principal as your car, it has an engine and a transmission. They are not related to each other, but both are required for your car to be drivable.

NOTE: Having to come behind someone and figure out what they did is only going to increase the repair costs.

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; that determines what kind of person you are. I designed this Website for the specific purpose of disseminating information regarding the operation of my business.

My Shop Rate is 40 – 50% less than my local competition, and I require a minimum deposit of $60 – $125 which is for diagnosis and gas/oil disposal. Upon completion of an initial inspection, if I determine that a part is necessary to diagnose the problem, then the cost will be added to the deposit.

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 I will make exceptions, if prior arrangements are made. I no longer work on cheap durable or non-durable consumer products; in most cases it is cheaper to buy a new one. I will give you one example, a retail $100 2-cycle weed trimmer. The average life span is 50 – 75 hrs., if you maintain it per the manual.

I no longer work on Riding Tractor Mowers/Riding Mowers. I was forced to make that decision based on a couple of reasons, incidents involving loading & unloading, and four different trips in March 2018 to a customer’s house only to be paid $50 for ~ 5 – 6 hours of work. Why did it happen? He attempted to repair it, then took it apart only to find out that he diagnosed it wrong, so I had to get it back to a point and start all over? No More! I have a legal recourse, but it is not feasible which is the case for all jobs.

There is an upfront Deposit/Diagnostic fee which is a non-refundable deposit that is applied to the final bill. My time, labor, and knowledge are not free, it was not given to me and I have to purchase the parts to repair it.

NOTE: 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 which is the same as stealing out of my pocket.

The scope of the services that my business provides is as follows:

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 diagnostic 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.

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

>It is a liability issue.

>I do not get compensated for it nor do I get a thank you.

I will not attempt to diagnose or give you 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.

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, but I am in the repair business not 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. I did not manage to reach the age of 70 without being pro-active in my healthcare.