Lance Hindmarsh knows his way around a piece of metal.
For the Dayboro resident, being handy with his hands has led to him running his own business, Hindmarsh Engineering Services.
“I’ve been a fitter and turner for 20 or 30-odd years,” Lance said.
“I was contracted to Top Taste Bakeries, they used to ring me for equipment maintenance and repairs.
“But when the recession really started to hit I lost the contract, and a lot of companies were the same, so basically I was at home and decided I would keep it (my services) going … and keep it local.
“Even as a kid I repaired go-karts and motorbikes and, living on a farm, basically you did it all yourself. So I guess I just had a knack for it (metal work and machinery repairs) from when I was little and I was always going to go that way.”
Lance said Hindmarsh Engineering Services revelled in tackling the small jobs that customers don’t have the time or the knowledge to do themselves, as well as large-scale operations.
“I haven’t finished it yet, but I’m building a complete swing saw, which is a mobile saw for sawing big logs,” he said.
Abiding by a motto of “no job too big or too small”, Hindmarsh Engineering Services is expert at fitting and turning, lathe, mill and mechanical fitting and general fabrication work, as well as welding steel products.
“I’ve done a fair few odds and sods, and I’ll just about take on anything,” Lance said.
“I do welding, fabrication and alterations to trailers, and also mechanical fitting and work on bobcats, excavators and farm machinery, including hydraulics.”
Hindmarsh Engineering Services can also make chassis and moveable components for everything from quad bikes to lawnmowers, as well as servicing motorbikes.
While working for BP Lance was expert at working on multi stage pumps, a skill he has also continued with his own business by working on pumps and the like.
As well as doing work on practical applications, Lance also uses his expertise to create metalwork for inside and outside the home.
“I’ve just bought another machine for doing scrolling and wrought iron work,” Lance said, with an eye to making pieces ranging from gates and fences, to furniture and decorative ornaments.
“If somebody wants a gate made or something a little bit fancy like small tables and things like that, we can make that gear as well.”
Hindmarsh Engineering Services is at 26 Gymkhana Place, Dayboro. Phone 0417 771 139.