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Welcome to Waterloo Regions' Best Small Engine Sales & Repair Shop

CSM vs. Big Box Stores

Why go anywhere else?

Cambridge Small Motors
  • Fast, friendly service from knowledgeable staff
  • Assembled by a mechanic
  • Fully serviced and tested to ensure worry-free use
  • Full tank of high grade fuel
  • Instructions on how to use your new tool
  • Full In-house Warranty
  • Free delivery

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Big Box Stores
  • Sold to you by seasonal staff
  • Sold to you in a box, so YOU can assemble it
  • If assembled, its done by unlicensed staff
  • No delivery service available, unless you rent a truck
  • No after sale support
  • Has no fuel in it, so you don’t know if it runs

"Cambridge Small Motors was able to get my riding mower back up and running for a fraction of the cost of a replacement. Best of all, they picked it up and delivered it back when they were done."

Sarah Williams, Homeowner

csm gasolineMost of the complaints we hear are fuel related. This is due to the ethanol in the fuel it is alcohol which is an excellent solvent. It can dissolve plastic, rubber, fiberglass, and more. Ethanol is also hygroscopic, meaning it absorbs water … this is bad! Over time, the ethanol in fuel can harm your small engine if it is left in storage too long. In an effort to help you save money and extend the life of your equipment, we offer these suggestions.

Buy only a 30 Day Supply of Fuel

Fuel deteriorates over a period of time. Once the compounds in the fuel evaporate, the machine can become hard or impossible to start. Continued evaporation will cause the fuel to turn gummy and can become a hard varnish. We strongly recommend the highest grade fuel from a name brand fuel, try to purchase from a busy station this will help ensure the fuel’s freshness.

These deposits can clog the carburetor, preventing the machine from running properly, or causing it to stop running completely. If these deposits prevent the carburetor's float needle from sealing properly, fuel leaks can also occur.

Use a Fuel Stabilizer

Use a fuel stabilizer and add it the day you purchase the fuel. These products contain stabilizers that can help prevent evaporation, water absorption, gum and varnish formation, and corrosion and may extend the shelf life of ethanol fuel. 

End of Season Storage Guidelines

See our year end storage guidelines

About Cambridge Small Motors

Local boy Josh Kinsie started Cambridge Small Motors with the idea that customer care should be as renowned as the repair. A mechanic by trade with vast knowledge of all things motors, Josh has as much fun greeting customers as he does getting his hands dirty in the shop. Whether you’re looking for something new or Old Reliable needs a tune-up, come see us for some good old-fashioned customer service.

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