Family-owned MH Equipment and Truck Repair a one-stop shop for large machinery
Dates and Hours:
Feb. 14th Thursday 10 am - 6 pm
Feb. 15th Friday 10 am - 6 pm
Feb. 16th Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
Billings, Mont.–Billings, Mont.—In April of 2012 in the middle of raising kids, juggling a career and helping with the family farm and ranch, Chasity and Larry Broadbrooks took the plunge and opened MH Equipment and Truck Repair.
“Life is too short! Do what you enjoy! Plus, we were blessed with a great opportunity so we took the plunge” Chasity replied when asked, why did you decide to take on this major project. This perspective came after her father-in-law passed away two years prior.
Business partners and spouses, the couple started in April of 2012 with two employees—themselves. All they had was a service truck. At the time Chasity had a full-time job elsewhere, they built the shop that spring doing all the repairs in the field. MH Equipment and Tractor Repair located in the heights of Billings, Montana.
MH Equipment and Truck Repair is a full-service diesel mechanic shop, providing personable service and quality work. MH Equipment and Tractor Repair are also dealers for Wacker Neuson compact equipment, Harsh feeders and manure spreaders, as well as Luck Now vertical mixers, making their business well diversified. The range of equipment that they can fix spans from small backhoes to large semi-trucks, including the trailer.
“We’re working on the new stuff, as well as the old 1970’s tractors,” commented Chasity. Sometimes a customer can only afford so much at the time, so they find the best solution to get the equipment back up and running at a reasonable rate. At MH Equipment and Repair the Broadbooks and their staff take the time to get to know their customers and their situations.
“One of the challenging things about starting your own business is there’s no handbook for it,” commented Chasity. Larry worked at several other businesses including the Knife River Equipment Division for over ten years, gathering a wide array of skills before deciding to go out on his own. “You can know the equipment, know the industry like the back of your hand but it’s a totally different ball game when you start a new business from scratch.”
Not only can MH Equipment repair boom trucks, fork lifts, concrete mixer trucks, or anything in between, they also sell equipment. Proud to be considered a one-stop-shop, MH Equipment is a dealer for three different companies; Wacker Neuson, Harsh, and Luck Now.
Wacker Neuson is a global company that produces equipment primarily for construction. Products range from generators to excavators. Broadbrooks decided to become a dealer because of Wacker’s skid steer, they believe this is one of the best skid steers out there right now.
Harsh sought out Larry and Chasity to become dealers two years ago this February. Harsh International is the oldest mixer company in the U.S. Established in 1949 and home of the original four auger mixer. Based in Eaton, Colorado Harsh International makes feed and dairy mixers, truck hoists, and grinders and flakers, but what their known for at MH Equipment is their feed trucks. Larry and Chasity are impressed with their better mix quality, especially with high roughage rations and Harsh’s longer lasting components.
The next closest Harsh dealer is in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. “We have customers from North Dakota that buy Harsh parts and feeders from us. Not only do we sell the mixers and all their parts but we can also work on them, such as re-flighting augers and relining boxes.” It’s well-known that Billings is a hub for regional business across several industries and this is just another example.
2019 will be the third year MH Equipment has attended the MATE Show. Last year the weekend of the MATE was a snowy one but turned out to be a lucky one for MH Equipment. Luck Now, a company that sells feed mixers became acquainted with the Broadbooks and asked them to become dealers. Luck Now specializes in vertical mixers, recognized as one of the most dependable and strongest built vertical mixers in the field.
“We like being dealers for both of these reputable companies because we can offer something for the big feedlots as well as the smaller cow-calf operations,” commented Chasity. “It’s a great opportunity to be able to offer this to our customers.”
One of their favorite things is all the different people they get to build relationships with. Serving the people in the ag industry was something important that they wanted to do. Larry is a from the Hi-Line community of Malta and Chasity grew up in Rapelje. Both grew up involved in agriculture on family ranches.
“It’s great to be our own boss, but it’s hard to shut it off,” said Chaisty. “We often find ourselves sitting at one of the boys activities discussing business instead of truly concentrating on their event.” If they’re not at the shop, they’re usually supporting their two sons Eli and Westin’s sports and 4-H activities. They also enjoy helping out at Chasity’s family’s ranch as much as they can.
The company’s logo is a M stacked on top of a sideways H, which happens to be a family brand. The M lazy H brand dates back to 1889. Keeping close to family, and agriculture roots was important for the Broadbrooks when they started the business. Chasity shared her hopes that she and her husband have a built a business that their two sons would eventually grow into and continue.
Meet the great people behind MH Equipment and Truck Repair at the MATE February 14-16 at booth #510 in the Expo Center building at Metra Park
Tickets are free and can be found at First Interstate Bank locations in Billings and Hardin. Tickets can also be picked up from vendors, and the NILE office, or printed off the MATE website. Without a ticket, entrance is $7.