Downs Mower Centre in Dent Street, Toowoomba was the Karcher warranty agent for many years. Initially this allowed a range of products that was able to be offered during the winter months when the mowing products were in their seasonal quiet period. In March, 2000 Carol Thompson (sister-
Until now, the majority of work done on the Karcher products was warranty repairs, with few new products sold by Downs Mower Centre. This gradually changed with the increase of demonstrations of the benefits of using High Pressure Cleaners flowing onto the increase in sales of pressure cleaners and the increase of service, repairs and warranty repairs. In June 2003, the business next door to the mower shop closed down and we realised that we could move the Karcher line of products into this premises and promote this division as a separate entity.
Stuart, together with his wife Debbie, moved from the Mower shop into Cleanequip to set up the new business. Stuart looked after sales, Debbie looked after the office and Bill Bonell came across from the Mower shop as our mechanic.
Bill (whose father Ray is the twin brother of the founder of Downs Mower Centre, Ron Bonell) worked at Toowoomba Honda for many years prior to coming to work for us in the Mower shop and was only too happy to accept the challenge of assisting the new business venture.
With Bill's help, Cleanequip outgrew the premises in Dent Street and we moved to the current site in Wylie Street.
On 01 November, 2006 an opportunity arose which saw Wayne approach Bill to help purchase the business from Carol and Stuart. This has brought new life into the business and with it a new look. Our aim is to provide the best service backed by the best products.
This has seen Karcher recognise our store as a "Karcher Center" which is the highest level of dealer in the Karcher network. As such, 2021 saw us update our shopfront signage.
We may now have a new look, however we still offer that good old fashioned service you have come to expect from Cleanequip!