Precision Equipment builds repair shop
An 80-foot by 149-foot building being constructed at Fairfield’s John Deere dealer, Precision Equipment, is a new shop building for mechanics working on repairs and servicing agricultural equipment.
“Equipment has gotten bigger, and we can’t fit some of it in our current shop to work on,” said Don White, manager.
“Our current shop at the back has a 25-foot wide door and some of the [combine] heads and tillage machines are 40-foot wide. We’ll still work on lawn mowers in the old shop but it will be nice to have a bigger space for working on the big equipment.”
White said storage is at a premium right now, and about 40 percent of the older shop will be used for storing parts. He looks forward to emptying and getting rid of a portable storage trailer on the grounds now.
Construction continues on the new shop — White said it might be ready by early summer.
“We’re waiting on it, the rough work on the flooring is going in, such as water lines and drains,” he said.
Something else he is excited about is the expansion of online support for automatic steering and other computer tasks built into today’s ag equipment.
“Monday, April 1, the expanded computer support will be online,” said White. “Owners can call in and be directed to the nearest support center.”
Spring planting and harvest seasons are busy times of the year, White agreed, as machinery gets used daily.
“We repair and sell John Deere agriculture and lawn machines, as well as Stihl chainsaws and Honda mowers and generators,” he said. “John Deere has had a presence in Fairfield since 1935 and at our current location since 1979. This used to be a farmhouse.”