Lousy weather good for business

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Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily News Greg and Amanda Shoemaker change a carburetor at Schultz Power Equipment, 1223 S. Madison Road, on Wednesday. The two have been swamped with snowblower repair jobs with the recent snow and ice.

BELOIT - The recent snow and frigid temperatures have kept winter-related businesses scrambling and challenged.

At Schultz Power Equipment, 1223 S. Madison Road, co-owners Greg and Jeff Shoemaker and Greg's wife Amanda have been flooded with snowblowers to repair.

"All of my snowblowers are sold out except one, and staff is busy out making repairs," Jeff Shoemaker said.

Jeff Shoemaker said the snow and ice mixture is resulting in broken belts, augers and shear pins.

"If the snow throwers haven't been properly maintained, owners will find out," Jeff Shoemaker said.

Greg and Amanda Shoemaker, the tag-team who fixes the machines, had to resuscitate 30 of them last Tuesday. They were replacing carburetors and fixing motors as well as removing chunks of concrete and dog chains which got caught in snowblower augers. Following their busy day, they were out making service calls to people's homes to help get their snow removal machines up and running again.

"We are happy for the weather, but it would have been better in November or December," added co-owner Jeff Shoemaker.

The business sells snowblowers and also sells and services lawn mowers. This is the time of year those at Schultz Power Equipment are typically beginning to offer tuneup specials on lawn mowers.

"I have a lot of equipment we can't get to because we have a shop full of snowblowers. I have units scheduled until the end of the month," Jeff Shoemaker said. "Once we get caught up on snowblowers, we will work on lawn mowers. People are calling wanting them to pick up their lawnmowers and we are picking them up as weather permits."

Marshall Charlesworth, a dispatcher, service manager and service technician with Roto-Rooter Plumbing and Drain Service in Beloit, said it has been difficult navigating the roads with rear-wheel drive vans and getting out to customer's houses as well as getting the equipment in safely.

"There are long travel times between jobs and we are getting less work done in this weather," Charlesworth said.

Surprisingly, though, he said the company has not responded to many calls of frozen pipes.

At Loves Park Motorsports, 11951 Main St., Roscoe, manager Blake Jack said business has been up for snowmobiles, riding gear and accessories. Although business was slow on a couple of the days with extremely low temperatures, overall sales are increasing with long-time snowmobilers arriving as well as a few beginners who have been lured to the sport during this snowy winter.

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