Snow Blower Repair Shop Ready for the Storm

By Mark Geary, Reporter


By Aaron Hepker

HIAWATHA, Iowa - Like a well-trained surgeon, Calvin Schneiter knows how to bring a broken snow blower back to life.

“I’ve been doing this long enough that I can look at something and see what’s involved. I know what I need to do,” Schneiter said.

Midway Outdoor Equipment, 1215 N Center Point Rd, gives him all the tools he needs to operate. He’s spent the past two decades in the repair business.

On Monday, he resuscitated about a half dozen machines.

Customers like Matt Swehla, of Darnell Construction and Lawn Care, count on the shop to keep their equipment healthy.

“A day or two before we know the snow is coming, we go through and fix what we can fix. What we can’t fix, we bring to Midway,” Swehla said. “They get you in, get you fixed and get you going.”

Once the storm hits, the phone starts ringing at Midway as emergencies roll into the shop.

“They’ll start breaking. People run into different things like rocks, chains, floor mats, newspapers,” Schneiter said.

Before anything gets sent back home, mechanics test it out in the parking lot and then deliver the good news to the customer.

“When I call up and say, ‘It’s done.’ They say, ‘Oh good, I can use it. I can use it. I need it. I’ll be right there,” Schneiter said.

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