Monday, March 24, 2014

Thank You Josh

Iosh Kratzer went to school with my kids.  His dad has been my main mechanic since the 90's.  His dad is around my age and decided to quit wrenching as hard as he used to.  I was so happy when Josh called a month or so ago and said, Ed, I have decided to take over dad's business and I am open for business.  I listed about 10 things we needed to work on.

Ten years ago or so I sold Josh our little farm on Canada Road.  It is a Sears and Roebuck catalog house built in the early 20's, classy old house I must say.  Josh has really fixed it up since the last remodel in 1982.

I had rented it out and it was time to move it.  You would not believe what he has done to it.  I need pictures I don't have so I will have to try and paint them with words.

I remember Josh's grandfather Dale Kratzer on his new 2510 John Deere.  He was in his 50's and robust and full of life.  Dale's son Mike opened up a mechanic shop on that farm and now grandson Josh is running his new business in the same place.  I am really glad to see that because I thought I was going to have to find someone else to help keep this place running.  The problem is there is no one else!

I've got two tractors back and the brakes work on them properly for the first time in ten years!  They actually start now, too, but I just spent half a thousand dollars on batteries!

Yes I could have saved $500 by doing it myself but that didn't happen last year and a young man needed work to start his business off!

I would say it was a good investment!

Ed Winkle


  1. You gotta pick what you want to work on. I find hiring mechanic work a good investment most of the time.

  2. I always envied good mechanics, especially the guys who welded up dad's machinery. I just don't have the patience. Talented individuals who didn't know much about soil chemistry and could care less. They learned metallurgy and other arts and sciences!