Winters keeps engines running year-round
Greg Winters (right) of Greg's Lawn Mower Small Engine Repair works with employee Miguel Herrera on a snow blower Oct. 24 at the business in Lake Bluff. | Buzz Orr~Sun-Times Media
Greg’s Lawn Mower and Small Engine Repair
LOCATION: 1231 Rockland Road, Lake Bluff
SPECIALTY: lawn mower, small engine and general small machine repair.
HOURS: 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Thursday–Saturday; 8 a.m.–noon
Wednesday; Sunday hours seasonal
CONTACT: (847) 295-3080
Updated: November 8, 2012 2:50PM
LAKE BLUFF — For nearly 40 years, Greg Winters has been the man who can fix almost anything.
In business since 1974, Winters has owned and operated Greg’s Lawn Mower and Small Engine repair in the Libertyville-Lake Forest area.
“I go through the generations,” said Winters, who added he has probably repaired “maintenance equipment for your dad or grandpa, and now I’m working on yours and pretty soon I’ll be on to your son’s or daughter’s. I’m here, and I’ll do what I can to fix it.”
A small engine technician, welder, woodworker and machinist, Winters has the know-how and experienced employees who share his passion for how things work. As cold weather approaches, Winters encourages lawn mower and snowplow owners to prepare their equipment.
“Be sure to drain the gas from your lawn mower before tucking it in for the winter,” Winters said. “Today’s gas doesn’t last long, and leaving it in the tank will prevent machines from starting in the next season.”
Winters urges owners of snow-clearing equipment to test early before winter weather arrives.
“If you turn your machine on the day of that first snowfall and realize it doesn’t work, there’s going to be a long line of repairs in front you because you weren’t the only one to wait until the last minute,” Winters said.
Winters’s 9,300-square-foot facility offers lawn mowers, snow blowers, chainsaws and other small engine equipment by such popular brands as Toro and Ariens. Though the item you need serviced may not be on the showroom floor, Winters and his team is knowledgeable in more than 40 brands of small engine equipment and will service it all including parts from older models no longer for sale.
Winters matches prices offered by “big box” stores and will pick up and deliver free of charge.
“We’ll put it together, prep it for you and drop it off,” Winters said. “We won’t just give you a box to load in the back of your truck.”
Gurnee resident Tony Fritz is in charge of keeping the equipment at the Equestrian Connection in Lake Forest in working order. The horse farm offers therapeutic horseback riding programs for people with disabilities. Recently Fritz found himself in a jam when a crucial piece of equipment was in need of repair. He called Winters after the major manufacturer was unable to help.
“I called Greg on a Tuesday, and he got the machine back to me on that Friday. He was so eager and happy to help,” Fritz said. “He’s a real throwback. Most guys want to sell you something but not take care of it. He’s got a great attitude, is an incredibly skilled mechanic and his word is golden.”