I worked over 20 years as a mechanic. at a rental store that was also honda/deere/snapper/partner/homelite dealer. later at another rental store that was jonsereds, partner, stihl, and other stuff, they catered more to professionals and less to homeowners. also did lots of work with the concrete industry. also worked at a vermeer dealer, and a ditch witch dealer. done lots of work at a friends shop, and also out of my garage, on trucks, trailers, skid steers, pavers...you name it. currently driving a rolloff truck (pays more to drive them than to fix them...go figure), and fixing lawn equipment for my buddy and his friends. i'd love to open a shop, fixing from skid steers and smaller equipment, but with kids in college, and my wifes health problems, im afraid of leaving my teamster health benefits and pension. maybe some day. looking forward to posting here, i'll try to be an asset. i'm greg, near chicago.