Bundamba Mower and Chainsaw Repairs and Service owner Tony Burn outside his shop on Mining Street.
Bundamba Mower and Chainsaw Repairs and Service owner Tony Burn outside his shop on Mining Street. Sarah Harvey

Mechanic following dads lead

ONE thing that is growing as fast as additional operating costs is the lawn.

The extremely high amount of rain has meant more regular weekends spent with the lawnmower and associated tools.

This is all good news for people like Tony Burn who owns and operates Bundamba Mower and Chainsaw Repair.

Mr Burn opened the business in October last year after moving from a modest operation in Lindsay Street in Bundamba to unit 6, 18 Mining Street, Bundamba.

The move meant a large premise, new trading name and new image.

Mr Burn grew up with small-engine devices as his father worked in the industry all his life.

“Dad had a business in West Ipswich for 27 years and it was part of my life as well,” he said.

Taught under a traineeship arrangement with his father, Mr Burn moved into a role within the Main Roads Department where he worked for seven years.

From this experience, he ventured into his own business in Hattonvale, later moving to the Gold Coast and then back to Ipswich.

He has a vast experience in small engine mechanics and offers a wide range of services.

“I do repair work on mowers, whippersnippers, brushcutters, blowers, quad bikes, some marine work and all types of pumps,” he said.

In fact, if it is any small engine, then he can handle the repair work. Mr Burn also buys used mowers, brings them up to a high quality and has a large market interested in second-hand, or as he calls it, budget mowers.

“People can get a new mower from me and often people are looking for a good mower at a reasonable price, that is where my second-hand mowers meet the need,” he said. All mowers are sold with a warranty.

Mr Burn warns people to not discard small engine machines because of flood damage; he believes that many can be repaired.

“I am doing repairs at a flood recovery rate, which is much cheaper than my usual rate to help people out. I will give an estimate of what it will cost to fix,” he said.

Like many businesses in Ipswich, Bundamba Mower and Chainsaw Repairs was also heavily impacted by the flood.

“We lost a lot and suffered a lot of damage. We are still recovering,” Mr Burn said.

He said owners should take a lot more care of our faithful lawnmower.

“I recommend that people have their mowers checked every six months. If advice is required, I encourage people to ask as I am very happy to give some guidance,” he said.

What owners typically neglect is to check oil levels, make sure the fuel is clean, wash the mower after use and check the blades regularly to make sure they are in good condition. It seems the regular service option will keep the machine in good order and keep the cost down but most of us do not do this.

In addition to these services, Bundamba Mower and Chainsaw Repair is also offering a lawnmowing service.

“I do some lawns myself or I can arrange to have someone to mow the lawn,” he said.

The Mining Street premise is a showroom as well as the repair centre. He carries a range of spare parts and accessories.

“We are like a big family. We get to know people and their mowers or other small engine devices and that makes a big difference,” he said.

This adds to the quality of service and a better relationship.

Mr Burn said he would be opening another store in the near future and was looking forward to growing the business.

He paid tribute to his father, who he said “taught him everything he knows”.

The business is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday, 9am to 4.30pm and by appointment on Sunday. Bundamba Mower and Chainsaw Repair can be contacted on 3282 3509.

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