2011-05-16 / General

On-Site Equipment & Machinery Repair Available 24 Hours Through L&R Service

Mechanics Can Repair Everything From Cars To Semis & Combines
by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer


Owner and operators (pictured left to right) Ray and Lisa Broukal, along with mechanic Bob Kirkhoff are working through their second year of business with L&R Service & Repair, a 24-hour on-site service to repair large equipment and machinery. Between Broukal and Kirkhoff, the pair are certified to repair anything from semis and construction equipment to passenger cars. (Staff Photo) Owner and operators (pictured left to right) Ray and Lisa Broukal, along with mechanic Bob Kirkhoff are working through their second year of business with L&R Service & Repair, a 24-hour on-site service to repair large equipment and machinery. Between Broukal and Kirkhoff, the pair are certified to repair anything from semis and construction equipment to passenger cars. (Staff Photo) Burning up an engine in the middle of a corn field is never fun for a farmer, nor is a blown hydraulic cylinder in the middle of a job for a construction contractor. The headache of getting the equipment to a place to even work is enough, let alone finding someone to do the work if they aren’t capable.

L&R Service and Repair is currently working away through its second year of business just west of Spencer. The mobile repair service travels on-site to make equipment repairs.

“A lot of the equipment is too heavy or too expensive to tow once it breaks down. So we go on-site and repair farm equipment, construction equipment, landscaping equipment, large trucks, we can also work on cars,” business owner Lisa Broukal said. “Between Bob (Kirkhoff) and Ray (Broukal), they can pretty much fix anything that has an engine in it.”


L&R Service & Repair mechanic Bob Kirkhoff works to remove the front cover of an Allis- Chalmers engine during a recent work day at the shop, located just west of Spencer off of Pine Lake Road. (Staff Photo) L&R Service & Repair mechanic Bob Kirkhoff works to remove the front cover of an Allis- Chalmers engine during a recent work day at the shop, located just west of Spencer off of Pine Lake Road. (Staff Photo) Kirkhoff has several years of experience from working at Caterpillar, where he worked in field service, served as lead mechanic and field technician. He began working as a mechanic when he was 17, while Broukal has been working on automotive and medium duty trucks for 20 years.

“He does a lot of farm equipment, we’re rebuilding the engine on a tractor now. He does a lot with hydraulics,” Lisa said. “We’ve done everything from man lifts to trucks, he’s certified in just about anything.”

Broukal spent eight years working for Navistar, where he conducted field tests on Ford’s experimental six and 7.3 liter high-performance diesel engines.

“They flew me all around the United States fixing those things, so I know those engines really well,” Broukal said. “There is a lot of high performance stuff you can do to them now and not a lot of people around here want to work on a six liter, let alone high performance stuff. There are probably 1.5 million six liter trucks out there.”

Kirkhoff can also weld, welding thumbs on excavators and even the ears back onto a tailgate. The pair have also rebuilt hydraulic cylinders on site.

“It saves you the towing charge. Even if it’s a car, if it’s really broken down you don’t have to pay for it to go to the shop. We can usually do it where it’s at if we have the room. That saves money. We’re insured and mine certified. We run welders, air compressors, cranes, anything you can think of. We’ll go anywhere in south central Indiana. We don’t charge mileage, just time, that’s much different from most other companies. We’d like to stay in the state, obviously it’s nice to serve our local customers in Spencer, Ellettsville and Bloomington. We’ve gone down to Crane, up to Brownsburg, Indianapolis, Franklin and we went about 40 miles south of Mitchell the other day.”

The pair do nearly all of the mechanical work on-site or at their shop, sub-contracting little repair work out.

“We have an engine we’re working to rebuild now. We rebuilt a couple of transmissions, one out of a backhoe and another out of a big haul truck,” Kirkhoff said. “We work on school busses, tractors, pretty much anything.”

With summer months leading to later working hours, 24-hour emergency service is available and the business will begin snow removal in the winter months later this year.

Now through May 25, the business is offering a five for $55 extravaganza. Have up to five maintenance or repair jobs done and pay only $55 per hour in labor. Scheduling based on availability of mechanics. Contact L&R Service and Repair at 812-585- 2991.

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