Raised on a farm in Middleton, Idaho, Mike Crossley has been around engines his entire life. His dad was a mechanic by trade, which Mike took up in the early 1980’s, and continues to be the local small engine guy in Middleton, while working full time at the Nampa D&B Supply as the Shop Manager. As a one-man-crew in Nampa, he services and repairs outdoor power equipment like lawn mowers, rototillers, trimmers and chainsaws, and keeps quite busy year round.
Since the economy turned down about five years ago, Mike has noticed many customers wanting to resurrect older equipment, some, to his best attempts, are just not meant to run again. Some pieces that can not be healed are donated by customers and turned over to the Nampa High School Small Engine Repair class where teacher Bill Babcock instructs his students on the engines of outdoor power equipment.
The number one problem that Mike encounters, which is about 80 percent of his repairs, are fuel related issues. Fuel goes bad, stale and can be quite stinky. Keeping non-stabilized gas in your equipment for more than 30 days is not advisable and if you have gas in a plastic container, make sure that it stays out of the sun. The ethanol and additives in fuel, when mixed with the plastic container and the hot sun, can turn fuel into a gooey, green slime. Mike’s best advice for customer’s is to bring your equipment into the D&B Small Engine Shop after the last use of the season to be winterize. That way you will be ready to go, with no issues, for your mowing, tilling, trimming and chainsaw seasons. He also suggests using supreme fuel and a good fuel stabilizer year round, which will help maintain the ingredients so you don’t end up with bad fuel.
It’s difficult to think of maintenance and repairs to lawn equipment when there is snow on the ground, but Mike assures us that if you want to make your equipment last, it is critical to take care of it year round.
From February 1st through March 15th, 2013 D&B is having a Pre-Season Tune-Up Special. Click here for more information.
The D&B Nampa Small Engine Repair shop is open 8am-4pm on Tuesday through Friday, and 8am-3pm on Saturday. Give Mike a call with any questions at 208-466-7681.