About LaSalle Lawn Equipment Windsor

LaSalle Lawn Equipment was founded by Daniel Ryan in December 2004 in the Town of LaSalle in a residential 2 car garage.  This garage belonged to Mr. Jim D Starrett, long time LaSalle resident  along with his wife Lynn, daughter Jodi.  Daniel met Jodi in Feb 2004 and never left her side, and was at the time employed by Carl Atkinson (owner) Kentown Limited, a John Deere dealership in Comber, ON. 

Since he was a child, Daniel was interested in small engines, farm tractors etc and had been working with other small engine shop owners to gain knowledge of the trade.  Some of these included Mr. Terrance Reaume (Terry's fix it shop) in Tilbury, ON, also Harold Ducharme of Emeryville, ON (Belle River Small Engine).  He also obtained mechanical knowledge through peers whom were employed in the field (Luke Dummer) whom was employed at a local Toro dealer, Campeau Small Engine. [google4b1aa67af231d637.html]

After three years of service at Kentown as a technician for both Agricultural and Consumer products, Daniel's position was elimanted due to a company merger between Kentown Ltd. and McGrail Ltd of Chatham, ON.  It was at this time, Daniel decided to undertake the task of starting his own Small Engine Repair shop (LaSalle Lawn Equipment).  After obtaining permission from Mr. Starrett, it was a go, Daniel had full use of that same 2 car garage, which Jim had used for over 40 years.  Daniel set up his tools, made some signs  and posted them around town, and right away started getting busy with repairs from the locals.  Soon after that Daniel started buying and selling used mowers, tillers, trimmers, snowblowers, etc.  Daniel was able by the next spring season to retail parts for many major brands by setting himself up as a servicing dealer for several major manufacturers (Briggs & Stratton, Kohler Engines,Tecumseh Engines, Echo Power Equipment) and many aftermarket parts distributors.  Later that season (summer 2005) Daniel approached the Yellow Pages and got setup for a good size ad to be in the Sept 2005 book.  After a good return in the first season, surely once LaSalle Lawn Equipment was in the Yellow Pages, the next season would be a real booster!

By the time summer of 2006 rolled in, Daniel was so busy, he could not keep up.  There were cars lined up in the street, mowers lined up in the driveway, equipment for sale on the front lawn, a phone ringing off the hook! WOW! this was great.  Shortly after that, a letter came from the Town of LaSalle...there was a complaint from the neighbours about the noise and traffic.  Mr Starrett was warned at that time to remove the business from the property within 30 days or be fined on a daily basis.  Daniel was discouraged , here was a new exciting, thriving business possiblity for the Town of LaSalle and they wanted him shut down.

It was soon after that, Daniel & Jodi, along with the Ryan family and the Starrett family, began the search for a retail store to rent in a commercial LaSalle Business area.  After exhaustive effort and many inquiries to the planning dept. it was clear that the corporation of the Town of LaSalle  was in no position to let LaSalle Lawn Equipment operate.

Only one thing was overlooked...The City of Roses...yes Windsor.  A building at the corner of Tecumseh Rd West and California Ave was perfect to start with.  Daniel signed a lease and the family began fixing up the building as a retail and service facility.  The store was open by the end of July 2006, now housing a full retail chain of products such as TORO, ECHO, STIHL, WEEDEATER, LAWN BOY, and many others.  In hindsight, Daniel missed the old garage, but was moving up the business ladder.

Not all was perfect at the time, as his Parents had recently lost their positions of employment.  This was a wrench that the family did not want to turn.  It became a struggle to both survive and keep the doors open to the customers at the same time.  Money was tight, but the family worked together, and with further support from the Starrett family and after much more struggling, things seemed to be looking up.  The store was getting very busy, enough so that Mr and Mrs Ryan could stay on board as well.  

Daniel had proposed to Jodi and asked her father for permission to marry and received a positive... YES! ..., here we go...business owner marries sweatheart, has children and lives happily ever after!  Well sort of.

The building at 2410 Tecumseh Rd was quickly becoming smaller and the rent was getting more expensive.  Once again faced with the question of relocating, Daniel began to search for a better location and rent package.  He found a building locally owned on Provincial Road which was nearly 5000 sqft and in a high traffic retail area.  Daniel negotiated a lease that was fair and began renovations. 

Meanwhile, the summer prior, while on Tecumseh Rd West, Daniel had come to learn through a friend that the long time Kentown John Deere dealer on Howard ave at #3 hwy (formerley LAWN EQUIPMENT CO) was closing in Sept.  This was one of the biggest chances to gain business for LaSalle Lawn Equipment in it's short history thus far. Daniel called Mr. Atkinson and quickly purchased the sign from the old Lawn Equipment building before it was sold.(soon to be demolished for the new border crossing) The sign was refaced in TORO-LAWN BOY colors and brandished :

           LaSalle

LAWN EQUIPMENT

 

The new store, Located at 1929 Provincial Rd, Windsor, ON was open in January 2008.  The store has a full retail, parts, and service center, carries almost every major brand name in the industry and is the LARGEST in both selection, services rendered and size, in Essex County.

This website is the newest edition to the growing family operation, and has full e-commerce capability along with UPS realtime shipping quotes (some product) and self serve parts lookup (most models). We are proud to be a part of this creation, started from scratch and hope to continue our success into the electronic age of commerce. 

Products sold and serviced here at LaSalle Lawn Equipment are now as follows:

STIHL, TORO, LAWN-BOY, ARIENS-GRAVELY, BLUEBIRD,SIMPLICITY-SNAPPER, BRIGGS & STRATTON, TECUMSEH, KOHLER, KAWASAKI, MTD, YARWORKS,YARD MACHINES, AYP, EHP, POULAN, WEEDEATER, and many more aftermarket services. 

Keep checking this site for daily product additions to our family of items.

A more detailed list of our products and services can be found here

Daniel and Jodi did get married and now have a wonderful home in the country , and a beautiful little boy born September 21, 2010 whom was named:

Owen William Starrett Ryan 

(William was my Grandfather)

 


PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO A CHANGE OF OCCUPATION BY THE PREVIOUS OWNER: Daniel Ryan. 

Daniel is no longer affiliated with LaSalle Lawn Equipment

 

This store ( Lasalle Lawn Equipment Windsor is Now Owned and Operated By:David & Beverly Ryan

 

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