I do this on the side.
Everyday this week, there's an average of 2 messages left on the machine asking for service.
So, so far, it has been a steady inflow of customers. I used to fix everything from weedwackers to riding mowers. Now I only fix walk behind mowers. The reasoning is this...
1. there is no profit in weedwackers or blowers....they are too cheap to buy new and I cannot in good conscience charge what I need to to stay profitable.
2. I don't fix riding mowers because they take up too much room. each riding uses up the space of 4 push mowers in the garage. Since I cannot charge 4 times as much, there is no reason to keep doing it.
Walk behinds are where the profit is. There is a universality in the parts and a universality in the problems they have. Me likee likee very muchee.
No, :Stop: I couldn't afford to even suscribe to the Mercedes Forum let alown own one. :sidelaughLarry- are you same Larry Bible from the Mercedes forum???
No, :Stop: I couldn't afford to even suscribe to the Mercedes Forum let alown own one. :sidelaugh
Re: unit #1- Just replace the flywheel key if the crank is not bent.See, Im the exact opposite, I despise push mowers, Profit is sparse...
Today I picked up 2 mowers for repair from a guy, got them back..work order was to service both, make sure they both work, and put a rope on unit #2.
unit #1, I put fresh gas in it, pulled the rope...nothing, no engagement with the flywheel. I pulled the recoil off and the pawls were worn, I put in new pawls, primed it...pulled the rope and it snatched it out of my hand so hard that it wanged me in the side, and I have a T shaped Welt on my side right now. I flipped it up...blade is bent, crank is bent...so its screwed.
Unit #2, I checked the crank and blade, looked fine, I put on new rope, new oil, new air filter, new spark plug, sharpened the blade, and put on a used handle and bail assembly.
Starts and runs great...I did a $10 fuel surcharge to cover P&D costs, $45 labor, and $28.xx in parts.
its cleaned up like new, and runs great...
Ill clear about $55 on it...which isnt bad,...but Its nothing like the profit I make on riders and 2 stroke repairs.