Sharp competitor excels
NO ONE appreciates the wet weather like Ross and Robyn Honnery.
As long as it rains and the grass grows, Gympie Mower Centre will be busy.
The business has been supplying Gympie people with all their mowing needs from the small garage at five-ways roundabout for 40 years.
In this time they have built a reputation for selling only the best quality mowers, followed up with good old-fashioned service and repairs.
More recently, an expansion of the showroom has provided Gympie Mower Centre with the room to expand its product range and introduce a new line of ride-on mowers.
This $50,000 investment in the building is also an investment in the town.
"Gympie isn't going to go backwards," Ross told The Gympie Times.
"It's so close to Brisbane and the coast and is still reasonable as far as prices go. We have some customers who shop in Gympie because it's cheaper here than down the coast."
While times are getting tougher for small mower dealerships because of cheap Chinese imports, the business does not depend on a good economy to survive.
Ross said sales figures were weather related.
The differences, he said, between paying less for a cheaper mower or spending more on a decent brand were the quality, lifespan and spare parts availability.
"Through us you get a product that will last and has spare parts for repairs and the services," Ross said.
"Once you have a problem with a cheap mower you will need to throw it away. Most of the companies selling them just buy them in bulk from China and don't worry about getting the spare parts."
Gympie Mower Centre stocks Victor push-mowers, Greenfield ride-on mowers and now Dixon ride-ons.