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OCD and Working On Snowblowers

Think I have OCD .

when i first started working on snowblowers I could service one in a couple hours. the more i learned the more i do . now i take the augers/impeller/bucket off and change the bearings or repack them, clean the carb out and am getting an ultrasonic cleaner to do them better, take the engine off sometimes and look for cracks and weld the engine bed, and more and more all the time.

once it took me a couple hours and now It takes me a couple days. impeller kits is the latest fad i install on each machine. anti-seize grease , clean all hardware , replace almost any part that is only slightly worn and on and on.

if i feel i didnt do something right i will go back to machine and take apart if necessary to make it right. I'm glad i don't keep track of the hours i put in. the wage would be embarrassing . the upside is that word of mouth is getting around fast and people come over for repairs . sometimes i turn down work when it seems like it is becoming a job. ( supposed to be retired. ). I also have a waiting list of about 7-8 people waiting to buy future machines. people have offered deposits but i say no. I'll email them when i have something. I can practically name my price. there is no haggling.

OCD may have it's advantages.

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I just started a maintenance ďbusinessĒ in my town. I have the needed tools in my truck and go to their house and do basic maintenance on snowblower, mowers trimmers.. all self taught like you. Itís just big enough to get 2-3 jobs a weeks for cash in pocket. Because I like to fix thing and make them run again


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Yep Orange. I am OCD as well, but at a lesser level than you, so far only family and friends repair. I've got several snowblower recoils apart for full cleaning, new starter cords, and painting the recoil housing. All were functional, but old. My brother makes fun of me.

Its impressive that you do that on all your "business" machines. I'm sure the machines leave your shop in fantastic condition.

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I priced myself at rate that helps me do the simple things, carb cleaning, oil changes , blade/chain sharpening, spark plugs, air filters. And I check everything else belts/snowblower wear parts and so on. So unless itís broken I donít fix it. If they want Iíll schedule another time to repair


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Yep Orange. I am OCD as well, but at a lesser level than you, so far only family and friends repair. I've got several snowblower recoils apart for full cleaning, new starter cords, and painting the recoil housing. All were functional, but old. My brother makes fun of me.

Its impressive that you do that on all your "business" machines. I'm sure the machines leave your shop in fantastic condition.
I am so tired of businesses doing things half-assed that i swore i would not be that way. I have worked on Honda's that were "serviced " by the local dealer that charged people 250-400 or more for the service and i have asked the owner "what was done to this machine?" that warranted that cost?

i would find evidence of corners cut , maintenance points not done or ignored ,etc. that is why i will go the extra mile for these people by inspecting bearings and taking augers out , and doing a carburetor cleaning as part of the service etc. I call it a FULL COMPREHENSIVE service.

I also give a sheet of recommendations and instructions on how to summerize the machine at end of season. I treat a persons machine like it was my own. I also give people free shear pins just for coming over to BS and every owner gets an extra set of shear pins when they pick up their machine.

it's funny that the local dealer just started giving out free shears to customers this past winter. they have never done that in the past.

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Retired with OCD may not make you rich, but gives you a good feeling and purpose in life. I do the same for family and friends. They know it's gone through for a reasonable charge. I could charge high shop rates for people that are not so nice and make some decent cash, but I won't work for those people. Only good people that help others. Enjoy.
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if you truly have OCD, then DO NOT watch this video on restoring your hardware.



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Wow, he's got me beat. I bought a vibratory tumbler from harbor freight. I put whatever in the parts cleaner to degrease it and then into the tumbler to knock off any rust. Done.
I must just have partial OCD.

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I've seen some motorcycle restorations go for over $100,000.

What would a high end Honda snowblower restoration go for? or any old snowblower restoration for that matter.

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