This month we spoke with Mike Enos, owner of Adel Power Equipment, a local repair shop near the Dallas County Fairgrounds.
Mike services and sells lawn and garden equipment for residential and commercial customers throughout central Iowa offering pickup and delivery services, maintenance and repairs, sharpening, parts and accessories, safety gear, extended warranties, and more.
For more than 20 years, Adel had Annear Equipment. In June 2012 the shop was sold to Mike Enos and his family and Adel Power Equipment began selling and servicing lawnmowers, snow blowers, chainsaws and more.
Mike's background includes automotive electric and wiring, the turf grass industry with a golf and country club focus, warehouse management, and for 6 years he operated an equipment repair shop at an Indianola hardware store.
"I heard through the grapevine that a lawnmower shop was for sale.
We talked about it and a few days later, we put a lock on the gate and started cleaning."
Not afraid of hard work, the Enos' cleared out the show room to create displays for their three product lines.
- STIHL: Handheld equipment such as chain saws, leaf blowers, string trimmers and other arborist supplies. Mike says, "Basically, if it's a handheld product, STIHL is where it's at."
- Toro: Snow blowers and consumer walk behind mowers.
- eXmark: Acreage owner/ commercial lawn mowers.
"We fought to keep those companies as vendors and that makes our job easier- we don't have to hard sell because we've got three great product lines. Somehow, out of this little place we've humbly been able to be the 2nd largest eXmark dealer in the state.
All we have to do is figure out what our customers need and help them get the right product. You've got a job to do and you want to make sure it's done efficient and easy. That's where we come in."
Over the past 2 years, Mike and the team have served over 3200 different customers, on a range of products including Sears and Craftsman.
With a smile Mike states, "We don't care what color they are, we'll work on them."
With more than 20,000 parts stocked, and a new computerized inventory system, Adel Power Equipment is ready for your service needs as winter settles in and spring approaches.
Mike shared some key tips to remember:
"If you don't service your equipment it won't stay running. There is nothing worse than going to do a job and finding out the equipment doesn't work. The general rule of thumb is to service your equipment at the start of the season, regardless of use. Lawn equipment lives in the dirtiest of conditions yet tend to get the least attention. Motors need fresh fuel and clean oil to work. If you don't have clean oil, the motor overheats.
It's a two-sided coin. You can buy a piece of equipment that is inexpensive and go buy another one rather than fix it. But we sell the equipment that lasts- it's always a more cost effective choice to service it than throw it away. We're servicing lawn mowers right now to put away for the season. And we guarantee it will start with the new season or we'll fix it."
Mike Enos's personal and professional philosophies help to make Adel Power Equipment a genuine small town gem.
Mike and the team strive to provide good honest customer service and wish to make things easier on their customers by covering operation and safety, including starting procedures and proper maintenance recommendations with each piece of equipment.
Mike, his wife Tanya, and daughters Claire (12) and Grace (5) moved to Adel in March once the shop was settled, and have been welcomed with open arms.
"We had no idea the town of Adel would support us as they have. From the time we opened the doors we've felt like we belong.
Everyone has been welcoming - Adel scooped us up and really made us feel like a part of it. The people of Adel are what makes this town great- most everything we need is right here.
Sometimes you miss that fast food when you're running late, but at the same time it's cool to drive by and not see a bunch of lights.
The other cool thing about Adel is getting to drive my golf cart to work and to drop off Grace at preschool in the morning - that's absolutely the best thing since sliced bread."
Adel Power Equipment
27836 Fairground Rd.
Adel, IA 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4831
Website: www.AdelPowerEquipment.comFacebook: www.facebook.com/MikesAdelPowerEquipment