Lawnmowers have come a long way since the early non-mechanized multi-blade cylinder reels that your grandparents and great-grandparents may have used.
Neil’s Small Engine, Inc., which has been established for 36 years, has seen the evolution of mowing equipment evolve from non-power push mowers to zero turn riding mowers that makes lawn care and maintenance a breeze.
“We have seen major changes over the years with the industry. We’ve gone from traditional steering wheel riders to zero turn riders, flathead engines to overhead valve engines, hand-held equipment that used extension cords and electricity to gas and battery powered versions,” said Neil Adams, owner of Neil’s Small Engines, Inc.
Neil and his wife Elaine opened Neil’s Small Engine, Inc. for business in April of 1979 with one location near their home in Cut Off. Since then, their family owned and operated business, has moved to Larose and has opened two more locations, one in Houma and one in Thibodaux.
The Larose store was recently relocated to the Bon Service Shopping Center in Larose behind Taco Bell.
All three locations feature lawn equipment sales and service departments. Neil’s Small Engines has been a long-time Gravely and Echo dealership and recently partnered with Stihl and Scag for their Larose store. They’ve also become a dealer for Graceland Portable Buildings.
“With our new Larose location, we have more room to have more mowers and other lawn equipment out on the floor for customers to view and get a feel for when shopping. We also have space for the portable buildings that work great as storage sheds, cabana-type home additions or even play houses,” Adams said.
A grand opening is scheduled for Friday and Saturday during store hours at the new Larose location. Refreshments, free hats and shirts and equipment demonstrations will take place throughout the day.
One important aspect of business for Neil and Elaine is having excellent customer service and good employees who are geared towards top-notch service.
“What makes our business special is the personal attention we can give to each individual customer. No matter if you are buying a gas trimmer or the biggest zero turn mower on the market, all of our customers are treated equally,” Adams said.
Not only does Neil’s sell all the lawn equipment one could need, they also provide parts and service in a timely manner. Service includes maintenance, such as oil and blade changes, or repairing older lawn equipment so owners can get the most use out of the products they purchase.
As a local business owner in our community, Neil and Elaine feel it very important to give back to the community that supports their operation. They have contributed to numerous local fundraisers in order to help the community in which they live and work.
“One of the proudest moments in the years we’ve been in business was for Hurricane Isaac. We donated food and served over 200 plate lunches to local people in need. A lot of people were without power for a long time and didn’t have generators. We wanted to give back by serving hot plate lunches so our family and employees did just that. It was a great experience,” said Adams.
Neil’s Small Engine recently donated a Gravely lawn mower as a raffle prize with the funds raised going to the Give Kids the World Village and Make A Wish foundation, which provides wish trips and experiences for terminally ill children.
“There is so much need in our own community and so many children who have been affected by life-threatening and terminal illnesses. We wanted to give back in a way that could benefit these children, their families and other children who are facing similar hardships,” said Adams.
Neil’s Small Engine has the luxury of seeing the third generation of buyers coming in for lawn care equipment.
“A vast majority of our business is generated from repeat customers,” said Adams. “That in itself is pretty special because it is a true gauge that we are doing something right.”
Visit one of Neil’s Small Engine’s three convenient locations for quality products and excellent customer service. NSE is located in the Bon Service Shopping Center in Larose, 800 St. Patrick St. in Thibodaux or 6462 W. Park Ave. in Houma. The local store’s number is 985-693-3347. Visit www.neilsinc.com online.
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Posted on Tue, April 7, 2015
by The Lafourche Gazette