The first thing you need to start your business is knowledge and information. You must know how to successfully open your business, make money and be profitable at the end of the day. If you have some mechanical skill and are eager to learn how to repair lawn mowers in a business, my recommendation is to buy a book that will get you pointed in the right direction. You could run out and buy $500 worth of tools but if you don’t know how to attract clients, then you are dead in the water from the very start.
After you research how to get your business going and hopefully read this book, you will need to know who the suppliers are that will get you the parts you will need.
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If this is going to be a hobby or side lawn mower repair business, here are some websites that will help that you can purchase things from without an account.
Jacks Small Engine – https://www.jackssmallengines.com/
E-Replacement Parts – https://www.ereplacementparts.com/lawn-equipment-parts.html
Parts Tree – https://www.partstree.com/parts/
Repair Clinic – https://www.repairclinic.com/Lawn-Equipment-Parts
If you are going into this as a full-time business, then you want to get an account set up with the companies that can support those needs.
These engine manufacturers normally have large distribution companies that move their parts and then those distribution companies may also sell to regional parts supply centers. You want to buy from the Master Distributors when you can.
Briggs & Stratton
There is one main Master Distributors of Briggs and Stratton parts and that is Power Distributors.
Power Distributors – https://www.powerdistributors.com/
Honda – https://engines.honda.com/dealer-locator/distributor
Kawasaki – https://www.kawasakienginesusa.com/support/distributor-list
Kohler – https://www.kohlerengines.com/common/pdf/WorldOfKOHLERDistributors_0309.pdf
Subaru – https://www.subarupower.com/distributor-map/
Those are the main engines you will see coming into your shop. You will no doubt see others and the Chinese are making many different engines and they are being installed on American lawn mower chassis.
Lifan – https://www.lifanpowerusa.com/engines/
Liquid Combustion Technology or LCT – https://lctusa.com/
Lonsin – https://www.loncinindustries.com/en/engine/Manual.aspx?catid=8-20-24
When you need parts and accessories for engines and different machines, these companies can get you quantity discounting on things like air, oil and fuel filters, lawn mower blades, starters and just about anything else you will need. You will want to set up an account with them!
Rotary Corp – https://www.rotarycorp.com/
Stens – https://www.stens.com/
For major lawn mower manufacturers, here is a list of the common brands you should be seeing in your shop:
Ariens – https://www.ariens.com/en-us
Big Dog Mowers – https://www.bigdogmowerco.com/
Bob-Cat – https://www.bobcatturf.com/
Craftsman – https://www.searspartsdirect.com/ – Research your parts here and then buy them from your distributor.
Cub Cadet – https://www.cubcadet.com/equipment/cubcadet
ExMark – https://www.exmark.com/
Ferris – https://www.ferrismowers.com/na/en_us/home.html
Grasshopper – https://www.grasshoppermower.com/
Gravely – https://www.gravely.com/en-us
Husqvarna – https://www.husqvarna.com/us/
Hustler – https://www.hustlerturf.com/
John Deere – https://www.deere.com/en/mowers/lawn-tractors/
Kubota – https://www.kubota.com/product/groupmowers.aspx
MTD – https://www.mtdparts.com/equipment/en/mtdproducts
Murray – https://www.murray.com/na/en_us/home.html
Poulan Pro – https://www.poulanpro.com/us/
Scag – https://www.scag.com/
Simplicity – https://www.simplicitymfg.com/na/en_us/home.html
Snapper – https://www.snapper.com/na/en_us/home.html
Toro – https://www.toro.com/en/
Troy-Bilt – https://www.troybilt.com/equipment/troybilt/category/lawncare
By gaining the right knowledge and training, you will know how to start a lawn mower repair business in your hometown and begin making money doing lawn mower repair on the side or full-time.