Any LCO's ever took any small engine courses?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jwcorbin, Dec 20, 2004.

  1. jwcorbin

    jwcorbin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    I was curious if any of you have ever took any small engine courses. I was thinking about possibly taking some starting in January [the off season].
    Please respond and tell a little about your experience. Was you disappointed because it was too simple are was it very informative?

    And if any of you that haven't taken any courses: If you had the oppurtunity and the time would you pursue this. Too save on some cost.
  2. CamLand

    CamLand LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,299

    Yes I did about 20 years ago.It was educational at the time and the education has stayed in my head to this day...
  3. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 1,796

    Never did but would just for the knowlege depending upon how it costs. I used to have small engine repair manuals long time ago and used them a couple of times when Briggs first started using aluminum blocks and had their wretched vertical start system (broke all time).
  4. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    it's a really good idea
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    I can see the benefit, especially if I was trying to extend the life of some of my machines or save some $$$ by not going to my dealer. But for me personally, even though I am somewhat mechanically-minded, I would never take the time to break down a engine...2 reasons...

    A. I am not qualified (maybe though after a course or two).
    B. I can make more money doing what I know, than what I might possible save.
  6. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 3,556

    at my school we have auto class and small engine repair. I took auto this year, and next year (my senior year), im taking Vocational Auto (2hour block), and Small Engine Repair, that way I dont have to pay those $$$ fees if I cant do something myself. Very useful!!!

    I mine as well take advantage of the classes we have at our school before I have to pay for them!
  7. Turf Medic

    Turf Medic LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,073

    My brother took a correspondence course a few years ago. Later started a fairly profitable small engine repair business. No longer with us, so I can't ask him which school, I just know that it worked out well for him.
  8. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    Yep I took a night course. Really worth the time and money.
  9. shepoutside

    shepoutside LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,208

    Yes, a few years ago. Has been a great asset for sure, as most maintenance can be down in house, and what needs to be sent out, with the knowledge, it's better to detect what's wrong, and also is great so you know what they Say, is wrong. The money saved in the off season, by doing your own maintenance, is Huge, as they say a dollar saved, is a dollar earned. I send all my employee's to at least the basic's course, as this is worth it too. They can tell what's wrong, and even do maintenance on site, rather than doing more damage. It's part of the business, and strongly suggest anyone to take a course. It's payup in your pocket if you do.
  10. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Messages: 2,206

    I took small engine repair in high school and i learned a whole lot. I also have had a lot of experience fooling with lawnmowers and learned a lot that way also. When I had small engines in high school I actually was so knowledgeable that I got a plaque at the FFA banquet and also a certificate which I have framed hanging on my wall. It would definitely be worth it for you to take a small engine courses IMO. You will save yourself quite a bit of $$ over the long run.

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