Sideline business is full-time for repairman

Staff writer

Every small community needs at least one handyman who can service small equipment.

Brent Pigorsch fills the bill for Lincolnville residents and surrounding communities. He has a full-time job at U.S. Stone in Herington but also operates Brent’s Small Engine Repair.

He works on items ranging from weed-eaters to all-terrain vehicles, operating out of an attractive, 36-by-14 shop nestled among various shrubs and grass plants at the rear of his backyard.

Pigorsch said an uncle taught him how to take apart and rebuild lawn mower engines. After redoing a lawn mower for his dad, he began receiving requests from others for his services.

“It started spreading and spread into a full-time business,” he said.

He started in 2009 in a small shop set up in his backyard but soon discovered he had to use his garage to repair larger equipment. Now, he is about to outgrow the present shop and is thinking about expanding to a larger lot and building nearby, if possible.

Pigorsch said his wife, Jane, is a crop insurance adjuster and is on the road often, so having a side business keeps him busy evenings and weekends.

He offers pickup and delivery service. A neighbor, Daniel Klein, helps him on weekends.

Pigorsch can be reached at (785) 366-6750.

Last modified Aug. 18, 2016

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