24 thoughts on “how a small engine mechanic gets paid

  1. @donyboy73 we charge 5 dollars for regular and 6 dollars for mulching 8 dollars for ninja blades but we offer bulk discounts if you bring 20 or more blades we do them at 4 dollars a blade…..somtimes i may sharpen 50-60 blades in one sitting! my arm hurts after that!! what are your rates?

  2. @backwoodsctryboy thanks, i charge about the same for blades, good to know the going rate elsewhere. sounds like a very busy shop there, what do you do in the winter there?

  3. shit im a small engine mechanic and i only get paid $8 a hour,$12 overtime

    Im only 17 but i still get done probably more then some adults doo

  4. I started my own small engine repair business in my shop and it's been great. You have to get use to having money tied up in parts until you get paid for the repair and I'm always upgrading tools. The 7 "special" screw drivers you need to adjust those small carburetors will eat a whole in your wallet but they are worth every penny when you need them. I had to build a ramp table because picking up equipment all day will cripple you. lol. Business is great. Love your videos. Keep 'em up!

  5. A few more things people don't think about when they start working on small engines. You have to keep fuel and oil in stock. You have to dispose of bad fuel and used oil. You have to have things like penetrating oil, spray lube, sea foam, starter fluid, and whatever else on hand. You will need to keep several different sizes of fuel line and fuel filters in stock. Don't forget hose clamps. It takes a lot of crap to do this. lol

  6. most of the ones I've ever dealt with get paid by lying.  I don't know how many times I paid for "carb kits" when all they actually did was blow some starting fluid or carb cleaner thru the butterfly valve on the carb.  the only thing they popped off was the air cleaner then tell you 'carb kit'.  sure.  I learned to fix mine myself and i'll not deal with the crooks anymore.

  7. The best way to earn money in a profession like this, is tobe self employed. Great part of being a small engine mechanic: less tools than a larger engine mechanic, and also you can start up from a good size home garage….The key to alot of jobs and earning good money is be good at what you do, be honest, reliable, and consistent and the big one personable…if people like you they will come back and also be prepared to spend alittle more dealing with you rather than the other guy.   And always advertise through mouth, paper, phone book ect …always make people aware that you are good at what you do and if they need a… heres your card. networking ……..then one day you can hire people todo your work well you spend your day finding work

  8. I do all my own repairs as I have been ripped off many times at the place where I used to go.Many spares such as carbs are cheap enough to replace and you only need a basic set of tools.

  9. I totally agree with you on steering away from hourly if possible. My first shop was an hourly rate and it makes it really hard to get motivated to do those tough jobs when you know you'll make the same for a service as you will for replacing a wiring harness, or putting in a crankshaft, or whatever have you. It's an awesome industry though! Just got back from an MTD update school yesterday lots of computers in the future of lawnmowers!

  10. what kind of insurance do you need to start a small engine repair business? also do you need a business name setup before or after insurance?

  11. I've been doing this as a hobby for quite some time, and have mostly done it for family and friends.

    If someone has an issue with lawn and garden equipment, I have them bring it to me, and I figure out what's wrong with it and let them know how much it'll be for parts and labor. I like to charge 1/3 of what I feel the machine is worth, and if it will end up being more than that, I let them know so they can decide if they want me to do the job.

    I don't charge people much because again, it's a hobby for me, it keeps people coming back for other repairs, and people actually pay to get stuff fixed and give you stuff they no longer want which can be fixed and sold. There's also plenty of trash picked equipment out there I fix and flip.

    Of the repairs I've done since I started, the bulk of it has been equipment that people use and don't keep clean or perform maintenance on. When it gets so filthy it will no longer run, people sell it cheap, throw it away or give it away. A clean machine is much easier to diagnose and repair, but most people choose not to and would rather get something new. I make money off that type of situation more than anything.

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