As a hobby based in passionate intrest, I run an add hoc mower repair/sales shop from home for a little extra cash on the side, and some of the stories I hear from the folks who find me have me wondering weather mower repair for the domesic market is an industry being killed by the people in it.
One example is a lady who brought in a honda firefighter pump that had been killed in a flood (submerged for a week) which she had taken two a mower shop, only to be told it was well beyond repair.
The shop managed to sell her a new one, but thankfully her son was quick enough to refuse there offer to ‘dispose’ of the dead one (although they were apparently quite insistant that they should get rid of it for her)
Anyway, it sat in a shed for about a year, then ended with me, the car trip home was enough to dislodge the muck in the carby from the jets, and it fired up straight away for me.
I gave it a good clean out, but really there was little to be done, it’s hard to fix a machine that’s working fine!
I’m guessing the shop she went to knew the pump was fine, but thought they would be able to sell her one, then simply dry out the electricals (which the year in the shed would have done) and sell her’s off for a few hundred.
Aside from that extreme example, I have heard of basic services for victa 2-strokes costing over $100 and sometimes $200 at some shops (it’s about $25-$40 for parts depending on the service) which leaves many people simply calling easy scrap and hitting up ebay or gumtree for a reconditioned mower for the same price.
In reality, if you want to put $150 into your mower for a service, that could give you new filters, seals, bearings, blades wheels and more, with room left for change.
I know these shops have rent’s etc.. to cover too, but at the end of the day, perhaps the industry needs to adapt to survive.
Does anyone else have horror stories to share about the repair industry for small engines, I’m very curious to see how many people even bother getting older mowers repaired these days.
[Ed – But let us not name names]