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As a 14 year old, my father got sick of looking at me hanging around the house and got me a job at Knecht Equipment Company in Paola Kansas. During school, I worked Saturdays. During the summer, it was full time. When I started, I had no mechanical experience at all. By the time I left, I was able to split tractors and overhaul engines, transmissions, and more. My mentor, Larry Knecht, was a 26 year-old, fresh out of the USAF B-58 Hustler mechanic and was without a doubt the best mechanic I have ever known. During that time, the relatively-new 190XT was known to have spider gear problems and our shop was used to set the flat rate for that job. The mechanical knowledge I gained there has probably been more useful than any formal education I received. Also, the work habits instilled then have carried over to this day and I have done my best to influence others in the same fashion. One Saturday afternoon per month--this is at a farm equipment dealership, where we worked on everything from mudball tractors to manure spreaders, we would stop work and clean the shop, including mopping the floor. It was truly a class operation and was probably the best place I ever worked. Salutes to Larry, Clarence, and George Knecht, Herb Seck, Bob Grandon, Clint Winger, George Secrest, Ronnie Stark and Marvin Rhodes. Probably the best team I've ever had the honor of being on.
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