NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Pretty days, with more in the forecast, are turning business around for mower sales and small engine repair. It's a sign of everyone wanting to "work when the sun shines."
On Monday, chain saws were used to cut up another large tree taken down by Saturday night's storm. Many East Texans have similar clean up before them, but lack the working saw to do the job.
"This is stuff that we're waiting to be worked on, so you can see we have got a large assortment of stuff here," said Rodney Robison, the general manager of Pike Saw & Tool. "This is chain saw rack and we keep it in order by time stuff comes in. That way we work on it as it comes in and get it out in a timely manner."
However, they can only get it out as fast as mechanics can work. They're busy. All these chain saws along this wall …
"Have been fixed for customers and it's ready for them to come pick up," Robinson said.
Seasonal purchases of lawn mowers usually peak in April and May. That wasn't the case this year. Sales are just now picking up.
"Every day that we've had sunshine it's been an increase in business," said David Lymbery, the owner of Pike Saw & Tool. "We see the floor traffic really spike on those days."
In addition, customers are coming from farther away,
"The poor folks up in Henderson, we've had people come down here to get the stuff because they're out of certain equipment there," Robison said.
Lawn equipment retailers are anticipating seasonal sales and service will continue through September. Any other year business would drop off in early August, but Texans know this year has been far from normal.
The sudden demand for outdoor equipment and parts is happening statewide. There are factory backlogs on items and parts as orders increase from Houston, Austin, and Dallas.