In the summer of 1977, while working a regular second shift job ( 3pm-11pm ), I started repairing small engine outdoor power equipment as a hobby to fill up my morning hours. This kept me increasingly busy and by fall of 1978 word had spread and my hobby became a second job, people were bringing me equipment from up to 20 miles away. In mid-summer of 1979 I had a 26x50 ft. building erected and shortly after, I took on the Bolens equipment line.
I hired a neighbor to work with me and our 13 year old son, wanting to learn how to repair things started working with us after school and weekends. In October of 79, I decided to incorporate and Eliot Small Engine Repair Inc. was born. By this time I was working from 5am to 1:30pm, 3-11pm and a couple of hours after getting home at night. Needless to say, I didn’t get much sleep.
In march of 1980 I took on Lawn Boy mowers and stayed with those two product lines and service until early summer of 1981. About this time, because I had been repairing outboard motors as well as mowers and tractors, etc., I was asked if I would like to take on Mercury Outboards. After some serious consideration, I decided to do so. In April of 1982, I took on a line of Aluminum fishing boats, boat trailers and the full line of Toro outdoor power equipment. By mid-summer of 82, I left my 2nd shift job and started working full time at our business and in late summer, my wife left her job at the local bank and became full time at our business too.
Everything stayed the same until July of 1987. We bought seven and a half acres on rt. 236 in Eliot, cleared 6 acres and built a 50x150ft., 7,500 sq. ft. building, split half and half show room and service. We opened our doors at our new location on April 1st. of 1988. We added to our marine offering and took on the Exmark line of commercial lawn care equipment. In 1991 we took on the Agway Store concept which goes hand in hand with outdoor power equipment. This increased our floor traffic and today is about 40% of our business. In 1996, we took on the Husqvarna and Stihl power equipment lines.
In 1997, we decided to exit the marine business as there wasn’t enough time to do everything we had on our plate and it no longer fit in our plans. In 2011 we added six steel warehouses, then we could keep everything under cover. We have 14 full time and 2 part time employees. Our service technicians are all highly trained and skilled totaling over 150 years of experience between them. They all attend yearly service schools through engine manufactures and our product companies to keep up with the industry changes.
We are a three generation family company, including ourselves, our son and one of our grandsons and most of our employees feel they are part of our family as well and we feel the same way.
We are the only Briggs and Stratton “Diamond” dealer in the State of Maine, this is Briggs and Stratton’s highest dealer rating that few dealers ever attain.
We are, as we have always been, totally dedicated to supplying the best possible service and products to the residents of southern Maine and New Hampshire seacoast area.
I guarantee it!!!
- Evan Churchill