‘Belts are burning up and bearings are going out’: Snow Blower Repair Business
Father Son Duo Happy To See White Stuff
After two major winter storms in the Sioux Empire in less than a month, business is better than ever if you’re in the snow business. While some are finding it hard to keep shovels on the shelves and snow blowers in the aisles, one business says repairs are flooding their shop.
D & D Small Engine Repair and Sales Co-owner Randy Dump “Lawn mowers, snow blowers, chain saws, power washers, we do a lot of that.”
Randy and his son Brock started the business on the edge of Lennox back in 2009.
“He was a drywaller and was tired of getting laid off in the winter so we started a repair shop and we took on franchises and we sell new equipment and repair a lot of equipment,” Randy said.
So far this winter, with the wet, heavy snow that has pounded the area, the father-son duo has repaired nearly two hundred snow blowers; a far cry from the past few seasons.
“They’ve been real slow. The dry winters, you know, when you get an inch or two, most the time you don’t even take your snow blower out you know so I mean, we’re just like in the snow business. I mean, when it snows like this, it’s really, really good for us,” said Randy.
After more than a foot of snow fell in mid-November, his shop was swamped with people who hadn’t used their snow blowers in 2, even 3 years. Many were full of bad gas and had gummed up carberators.
Randy said, “Just like selling them, they won’t even look at them until there’s snow on the ground. So they’re definitely not going to go out and start them and try them out before, you know, most of the people don’t even think of it.
With the most recent storm, Randy says equipment has just started breaking.
“Belts are burning up and bearings are going out that’s part of your routine maintenance,” said Randy.
Randy says it still only takes them about a week to fit you in. They started servicing some snow blowers as early as September so they wouldn’t have to say sorry to their customers.
“We’re getting them in, getting them done and we pick them up and deliver them back so we got to keep them moving because we don’t have a place to store them.”
If you want to do some preventative maintenance so you don’t have to worry about problems with your snow blower next year, Randy says let a fuel stabilizer run through it when you’re done using it for the year. Also, if gas is more than a month old, it probably isn’t any good.