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I have enjoyed a long industrious career spanning more than 50 years. It all started with my love of working as a shade tree mechanic building hot rod cars, repairing cars, and building motorcycles as a hobby.
It started with fixing my own cars, motorcycles and equipment, to working on cars and motorcycles for others. I find it interesting to work on engines especially gasoline powered engines. I joined the US Navy and became an Engine-man/Gunner’s Mate and wanted to make a career out of the Navy. After getting injured I was given an Honorable Discharge for medical reasons. It was not related to the injury, but due to a birth defect because I was born 8 weeks prematurely and only weighed 1 3/4 lb. I did not receive any compensation since I had a birth defect, that is bureaucracy at work.
After leaving the military, I pursued a career as a Machinist/Tool & Die maker for 22 years. Then I was offered a job by ExxonMobil and worked for 25 years as a Mechanical Designer & Senior Technical Associate.
My personal hobbies & interests have always been flying airplanes (full scale & RC scale models), riding motorcycles which led to building and working on motorcycles. Of course, that required building, working on engines and all related components. I had already decided to continue doing what I enjoyed after I retired. I had people asking me to fix different things, so I decided to start a part time business repairing chainsaws. Shortly after starting my business, it became noteworthy that OEM parts were being overcome by cheap lower cost & quality parts being manufactured in China; they have inundated the world-wide market very rapidly.
Within 6 months, I had to make a decision about the future of my company. The demand for chainsaw repair declined very rapidly the first year, and I took a huge loss due to start-up costs. Now, almost eight years later the US has shifted into the E Commerce mode which has impacted all retail businesses (which includes lawn mowers and similar equipment) for the very same reason. The reason was due to cheaper commodities being manufactured in China. Being made in China does not make it bad. It is the quality standards they are required to adhere to driven by the manufacturing costs. I decided to change directions and start a small engine repair shop knowing that I would be competing against 2 -3 larger well-known shops.
It is difficult to explain how strenuous this business can be at times. The primary reason for it has to do with customers and cheap equipment not being maintained. It costs as much to repair cheap low-quality equipment as it does a good-quality equipment. Some people do not understand, or they have their priorities confused. “No job for any amount of money” is worth dealing with someone that is difficult and will abandon their equipment without paying for it. There is an old saying “you get what you pay for.” I am not going to pay for other people’s mistakes anymore.
I can say that after almost 8 years since starting this business that I reserve the right to work on what I want to work on and what I deem cost effective for both parties, it is that simple. I do not perform band-aid repairs only to have someone come back complaining for whatever reason. I have proved many people wrong and I love to see people eat their own shoe leather. That is a waste of my time.
Owning & operating a business is difficult enough without having to fix problems created by amateur mechanics. They are always the most difficult to deal with and will abandon their equipment without paying for it.
I will tell a potential customer upfront maybe it would be in the best interest for both of us if you seek professional services elsewhere. Why? The short answer is they already “know what the problem is,” and it should take “x” number of minutes and cost “x” number of dollars. That is usually the case with the lower-quality and cheaper disposable commodities, which includes lawn mowers, pressure washers and similar equipment as well.
“No job for any amount of money” is worth the stress and aggravation of dealing with rude and arrogant people. I am here to provide a quality service without dealing with those types of people.
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