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Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 09 June 2011 20:40

Brian O’Neil uses his 26 years of experience to tackle everything from engines to electrical jobs

By Josh Sumner

The Wauneta Breeze


Handling a service call doesn’t make Brian O’Neil quite as nervous as it did when he first started repairing John Deere tractors. Coming out of technical school in Goodland, Kan., O’Neil needed to build experience.

“My boss said, ‘Brian go fix this,’” recalls O’Neil, reflecting on the first service call he ever made. “I said to him, ‘Oh boy, I’m not sure I’m ready for this.’”

Now, after 26 years and literally thousands of repairs, O’Neil knows tractors inside and out. That’s why he started his business, O’Neil Tractor Repair, a little over a month ago.

Brian O’Neil, of Wauneta, takes a timeout from working on a John Deere tractor at his newly opened shop, less than 2 miles east of Wauneta. The name of the new business is O’Neil Tractor Repair. (Josh Sumner | The Wauneta Breeze)


O’Neil specializes in repairing John Deere tractors front to back — including engine work, transmissions, hydraulics, electrical and air-conditioning.

“I’m familiar with all the older stuff,” said O’Neil. “I’ve always tried to do a good job, and I want to continue doing that. I take pride in my work.”

O’Neil cites his competitive prices as one of the top reasons you should come to him next time you need tractor work done. And if your tractor doesn’t run, don’t worry about it — Brian can come to you. Half the work he’s done in the short time since he’s been open have been field service jobs.

This new business is a one-man show, unless of course you count Brian’s German Shorthaired, “Cash,” who often hangs around the shop. Although O’Neil did say he’s open to the idea of hiring another hand if business demands pick up in the future.

O’Neil also added that although his expertise is in John Deeres, he would be glad to take a look at other makes and models of tractors.

O’Neil Tractor Repair officially opened on May 2, and is located less than two miles east of Wauneta, on Highway 6. Turn north on the driveway which sits at the Hayes/Chase County line, and you can’t miss it. For you locals, it’s the building that used to be the old fertilizer shed, and was more recently Dinnel’s scrap yard.

The best way to set up an appointment for your next repair is to simply call Brian on his cellular phone, at 308-883-1990.