Sunday, December 18, 2011

Moving to a new location soon!

We've purchased the old Firestone/Horizon complex and are cleaning things up, getting ready for the move. We're looking forward to having much better access, and a lot more room to work with. The whole community has really treated us well, enabling us to grow to this point. THANK-YOU for your continued support and patronange.

The new address will be 1240 SE Stephens St., just 5 blocks north of where we are now.

We'll post some picture's for you as soon as we can get some.

Thursday, September 29, 2011


We just finished up our Open House. We Demo'd some units, had lots of food, and gave out some free goodies. We want to send out a special thanks to Candice with Hotsy for spending the day with us and helping out with the event.

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Come join us at our open house on SEPTEMBER 29th!
Hot and cold pressure washers, air less paint sprayers, chainsaws, trimmers, blowers, cultavators, name it and we got it!
Were going to have:

10% off on new equipment sales and were gonna take trade-ins on your old pressure washer.

Come down and see the latest products from name brands like HOTSY, GRACO, AND ECHO.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011


On August 18th at 1pm here at TIM ALLEN EQUIPMENT we are going to have a LAWN CARE DEMO DAY!

Our host will be WINTERGREEN NURSERY, and they are going to teach us all how to keep your lawn looking beautiful. Come on down and learn all of the lawn care secrets so you can be the envy of your neiborhood.


Learn what it takes to keep your lawn looking great and get a chance to put your hands on the equipment thats gonna help you make it happen! ITS FREE!


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Floor Sanding Demo Day at Tim Allen Equipment and Roseburg Rental!

Today we had Essex Silver Line down with a miniature hardwood floor for everyone to run the sanders on.
This was a Great opportunity for everyone to get their hands on theses sanders and really get a feel for how they work. Alot better than experimenting on your own floor! Wink Wink!
All in all, it was a very informative little event. You wont want to miss our next demo if your planning any home repairs or upgrade. Becides, its all FREE!

We went over:
- The differances and function of the different types of sanders.
- How to set up and operate each sander.
- Tecniques to get the perfect finish.
- Common missconseptions about floor sanding and finishing.
- The differant kinds of sand paper available.
- Differant kinds of oils and stains to protect you floor.
- How to maintain your floor after all of your hard work.

Our next demo will be on AUGUST 18th at 1PM.

WINTERGREEN NURSERY will be here to go over Proper Lawn care.
We are going to go over the how-to's of Dethatching, Aerating, Seeding, and Fertilizing.
All of the equipment will be here for everyone to see what is needed and how to keep your lawn looking its best.


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

An easy 300+ jobs in Douglas County

Want to learn more about how you can help to create an easy 300+ jobs in Douglas County? No infrastructure needed, no "Big Business" to lure in, no political bickering. Its easier than you think! I'd welcome any constructive feedback you may have. Many times the best answer is the easiest, I think you'll agree, this is something we CAN do. At nearly 20 minute's long, this takes a little time, but if you'll watch this video you can see just how easy it could be. Click the link below.

Video - How YOU can make a difference!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


We are having another FREE demo day here at:


On Thursday August 4TH at 1PM

ESSEX SILVERLINE will be here to demonstrate

We're going to go over:
 - The different types of sanders available.
 - The different types of sand paper
 - Which combination works better for different types of floors and decks.
 - How to properly use the equipment

Remember folks, these demos are FREE! Come in and learn the In's and Out's of getting your home project done! All you have to do is show up.

Thursday, July 28, 2011


Willamette Graystone came down and showed us the proper way to lay pavers for a new patio or driveway.

We went over:
- How to prepare for the job.
- How to estimate for the amount of materials needed to complete the job.
- What kinds of materials are availiable.
- What tools are needed and how to use them correctly.
- How to complete the job successfully
- How to protect all of your hard work.

For more info on materials and professional help; please visit:

Willamette Graystone - Roseburg

3950 N. Stephens
Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: 541-673-3322
Fax: 541-673-4851
Hours: M-F: 7-6 Sat. 9-3

Our next demo day will be on August 4th @1pm!

Essex Silverline will be down here to show everyone the proper use of different floor sanders for your hardwood floors.

Future Demo Days:

AUG. 4TH @ 1PM
Essex Silverline, proper use of different floor sanders

AUG. 18TH @ 1PM
Wintergreen Nursery, proper lawn care.
Dethatching, Aerating, Seeding, Fertilizing, Etc.

Sept. 1ST @ 1PM
Wintergreen Nursery, Gardening Care.
Rototilling, Fertilizers, Watering, Soil, Etc.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Professional Equipment Service and Repairs in Roseburg Oregon

Bring in your lawn mowers, chainsaws, trimmers, blowers, paint sprayers, pressure washers, and generators for your service and repairs needs. We are offering complete and professional grade repairs on most makes and models within one week! Try and find this same service anywhere else during the busy season!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Echo Power Products!

Come in and check out our HUGE new display; filled with brand new Echo products!
All Echo products are backed by a 5YR CONSUMER WARRANTY.

Tim recording the latest radio ad.

Want a behind the scene's look?
Thanks to the folks at Brooke Communication!  Check out

Equipment added to our rental fleet!

We've been adding a lot of equipment to our rental fleet lately;
  • 7500# mini excavator with thumb and 6-way blade
  • another 4wd tractor with attachments
  • 3pt brush hogs (2)
  • 3pt. box scraper
  • 3pt. rototiller
  • 2 more walk behind BCS rototillers and a brush hog attachment
  • large drain snake with 200' of cable
  • floor nailer and nails
  • large Echo brush cutter
Call for pricing and availability! 541-492-7368

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Customer centered changes at Tim Allen Equipment

You the customer are always front of mind at Tim Allen Equipment and our DBA Roseburg Rental. Currently we're in the process of implementing a rewards program that may be a first in the industry. When we first made the push to increase our rental equipment inventory after all of the nationwide chains left town we had a number of contractors and industrial customers asking us about "contractor discounts". We're pleased to say we've come up with a program that is arguable more fair than "contractor discounts".
The new program recognizes the customers who are doing the most business with us rather than an arbitrary "sic" code or market segment. In addition to offering discounts for everyone on rentals, the program also includes money spent on equipment repairs toward the rental discounts. What this means is that if you own much of your own equipment, and only rent occasionally, the repair or maintenance work you have us perform will go toward earning you a discount on future rentals.
For more details on the program call us at 541-492-RENT (7368).

Sunday, May 8, 2011

What was once old is new again!

I've been thinking a lot lately about how fast things are changing, and the natural inclination to think that we're on the edge of something big happening soon. Generally speaking, I maintain a pretty optimistic outlook, I consciously chose several years ago to focus on the positive things in life, and can say my life made a dramatic change for the better when I did. With this in mind, and looking toward the future in these times of economic challenges, I'm left wondering what the "new economy" will look like. Where are the opportunities for a business owner, what will our local community look like? Will we have a whole new way of doing things around here? The questions go on.

Technology has given the average person with access to it the ability to obtain huge amounts of information in a short amount of time. A person from a younger generation viewed this as 2 demensional instead of 3 dimensional learning. The canvas of knowledge is very wide compared to what we had, but with the speed at which the information comes in, and the constant interruption of thought, the ability to naturally learn to a greater depth is compromised. I found this really fascinating, as the thought itself was rather enlightening.

All of this causes one to wonder, are we on the edge of something big. I have to admit, it seemed that this could be the case. All of this newfound ability to share knowledge and thought could lead to better, more inclusive decision making. Already I've had the opportunity to see some of this in action. There is definitely a large number of people using more collaborative energy to bring about positive change for our community. The ability to share information between entities can reduce the need for redundancy, and help people move forward with a better focus on a shared vision.

In business, if your going to survive, you've got to be paying close attention to the changes taking place in the world. The landscape is changing, if your not learning to adapt and change with it you will be left behind to wither on the vine. However, jumping to conclusions, and over reacting to a perceived change can be just as devastating. While I've always believed that to be fact, I couldn't really place my finger on an example until recently. There are no shortage of consultants eager to help a business owner "take it to the next level" or "fine tune your business plan" or any other help that results in a new expense item to pay for. A new management style is another example. I have seen a new push to completely change the management style to one that is more inclusive, and removes the typical age old hierarchy model. "It is time" they say, the information and communication age is upon us, sieze the opportunity or be left behind! Really....

The latest "story telling, management change" is one such example. It works for Steve Jobs, why can't it work for me? This article articulates in a far better way what I was thinking, but couldn't put into words. The hierarchal management style has stood the test of time. Our own model of democracy includes this form of governing. While there are pieces of the storytelling management style that I think can be a useful tool in leadership, to base leadership on this model is to ignore that history repeats itself.

We will look different coming out of this recession than what we were going in. It is very likely going to be an economic revolution rather than an economic recovery. I believe one thing is certain, the opportunities for the average entrepreneur have never been better. Interested in seeing which industies might be the best to consider for starting your own venture in?
This link is a good place to start!

I hope you've enjoyed the reading. Happy Mothers day to all of the Mom's out there!

Monday, April 25, 2011

How you can help create over 300 new jobs in Douglas County.

   For those that might be able to make it, I'm doing a presentation at the Tri-City Lions Club this evening. In it I'm going to show how a small shift in spending habits can have a profound effect on our local economy. When we add up all of the commerce in Douglas County excluding public spending, there is over $3.7B. I'm going to show how we can leverage that money into more than 300 jobs. No Politics, no infrastructure spending, no waiting. This is something we can do today!

Monday, March 14, 2011

What a storm it was in Douglas County!

    Well it certainly was a windy cold one. Many are still without power, we rented every generator we have, and fixed at least a helf dozen others for the owners who had them but couldn't get them started. I thought it might be nice to discuss some of the generator options out there.
   When it comes to choosing a generator, there's really a lot that goes into getting it right. Some things to ask yourself are;
  • What are you going to want to power with it? Most crucial are typically a well pump for water. Some lights for safety, especally if there are kids in the house. Refridgerator and freezer to keep food from spoiling.
  • The things that help keep life somewhat normal are computers for communication, TV to keep the kids calm, and heat can be nice. Heat is a real power hog, it isn't too hard to run a circulation system, it is creating the actual heat thats the hard part. Gas stoves, pellet stoves, wood heat, oil stoves are all examples of heat sources you could run off of a typical mid sized portable generator, though you wouldn't have a lot of power for anything else while some of these options were running.
  • Other handy circuits are; the garage door opener, water heater (again a power hog, but its nice to be able to take a warm shower).
  • Do you want the generator to be automatic? Should it start itself and transfer power away from the power lines which is critical for the safety of the lineman working to repair your power lines? Should the fuel source be regular gasoline, propane or natural gas? Unless your running your generator frequently, gasoline powered generators tend to have the fuel go bad, and not work when you need them.
   Once you know the answers to these questions you can quickly narrow down your choices. If your looking for the most inexpensive method, a portable gas generator, appropriately sized can work. Plan on frequently running the generator to keep the fuel fresh, and running the appropriate sized extension cords to your appliances when the time comes to use it. The more significantly dependable method is a permenant standby generator. These systems can be professionally installed, and run either just the basics or nearly a whole home depending on size. The more common systems will exercise themselves as scheduled once a week, and run off either natural gas, which has an endless supply as long as the gas infastructure is functioning, or propane which is stored in a container on site. Container size dictates how long the generator will run.
   Tim Allen Equipment is an authorized Kohler Home Generator Dealer, we'd be glad to discuss how a standby generator can bring some peace of mind for your household. We're also able to perform service and repairs on most other gas or propane powered generators either at your site or in house.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


I know the weather has been wet and cold lately; but now is the time to dust the cobwebs off of your yard equipment.

Here is a simple check list for you to go over with your equipment before you start it up:

1. Check the motor oil - Is it low or dirty? When was the last time you had the oil changed?
Outdoor power equipment engine manufactures recommend  you change the oil every 100hrs or at least once a season. At 100 hours, comparing to your car driving at 60mph, you've put on 6000 miles. These engines work a lot harder than your car or truck and require more attention.

2. Check the gasoline - How long has the gas been in there? Did you store it with a fuel stabilizer?

These days, gasoline is only good for about 30days. If the gasoline in your equipment is older than that you should drain the tank and add fresh gasoline before you attempt to start the equipment.

3. Inspect the filters - When was the last time it was changed or cleaned?

A lot of this stuff is working in the dirtiest conditions. Other than running your engine with out motor oil; a dirty air filter can do the most harm to an engine. Once your air filter plugs up, your engine can no longer get the fresh air that is needed to run correctly. This will cause the engine to run overly rich and build up carbon deposits, foul spark plugs, and cause poor performance. On top of all that, the dirt and debris starts to get past the filter and enters the engine. Once this debris is in the engine, its acts like an abrasive and wears out internal engine parts

4. Check out the overall condition of the machine - look for: lubrication points, belts/roller chains, pulley, blades, etc.

Its a lot better to catch some of this stuff sooner than later. If you can catch something wrong before it actually fails, the repairs will be minimal and you won't be left waiting for more expensive repairs to be done in the middle of the season, when you need it the most.

If you don't feel comfortable doing this inspection or service work yourself; please feel free to bring it in. Or, if you cant get the equipment to us, we are more than willing you come out and pick up your machine.
We are certified technicians that have the tools and the skills needed to repair your equipment. We are proud of our work and will look over you machine from  top to bottom, assuring you a season free of equipment failure due to improper maintenance.

Beat the spring time rush and take the time to go over your equipment today.

- Steffan

Monday, March 7, 2011

Douglas County Oregon Small Business Survey

While I am a representative FROM the small business community, I
don’t feel I have the data to be a representative OF the County's
small business community. I have put together a very short survey that
I hope you will consider helping disseminate to your contacts
throughout the County. The questions are somewhat vague, and the
opportunity to comment, while available, is somewhat limited by
character count. Please don’t read too much into this. I am merely
trying to establish what three things business owners feel stand in
the way of growing their business, and three things they feel are
helping to grow their business. I believe some if not all of the
results may require further research on my part, but if I can get
enough responses, a few are likely to migrate toward the top of the
list. I can do further research on these instead of making
assumptions, wasting my time on non-issues. This is the information I
feel I need to accurately become a representative OF small business in
the County.
        I feel it is important to have timely information to use in
representation. I also haven’t found where small business owners
specifically were separated out for their thoughts in our County to
any great degree, and beyond that, filterable to certain communities.
If you take the time to view the survey you will see the survey isn’t
focused entirely on small business owners. The community’s perspective
on these questions could be valuable also, and opportunities for their
feedback are in the survey as well. I’ve included options to separate
out by community, work status and more. All of the questions beside
the two main questions are for filtering purposes only.
        The survey very likely has room for improvement, and I would
appreciate any feedback you may have regarding ideas for future

        Thank-you for your consideration in this matter,
        -Tim Allen-

UCC SBDC; Advisory committee chairperson
Think Local Umpqua; Acting President
Local business owner
UBEA volunteer member
I also particpate with the "Lunch Bunch" and the Roseburg Area Think Tank


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Free equipment maintenance and rental equipment classes coming soon!

    We've been brainstorming some idea's to help bring more value to our customers. A thought that continually came to the top is to offer free classes on both small engine powered equipment maintenance, and how to use our rental equipment on a mock project.

    The small engine maintenace class will start by going over basic small engine maintenance, we plan to cover the following;
  • Checking and changing oil
  • Checking air filters and identify how to clean each type of serviceable filter
  • Changing spark plugs, checking spark condition and plug gap
  • Checking pull cord condition
  • We will then discuss some of the more common repairs we do in our shop.
Following the basic engine maintenance class we're going to dig into specifics around certain equipment. Our thoughts so far are;
  • Lawn mowers, both riding and walk behind.
  • Portable generators
  • Pressure washers
  • Hand held equipment including string trimmers, chain saws, blowers, and hedge trimmers.
   We're open to other idea's as well, to offer or request something particular you can comment at our facebook page for Tim Allen Equipment, call 541-672-3409, or stop by and share your thoughts.

For our rental equipment we're going to be offering classes revolving around a project. Idea's so far include;
  • A custom stone patio
  • Gardening and soil preparation
  • Trenching for landscape irrigation
  • Hard floor refinishing
  • Carpet installation
    The idea here is to help the customer guage the complexity of a project, and to get some hands on equipment familiarity on our time rather than having to learn it on your time at the project site. To comment or make a request for a project you can visit our Roseburg Rental facebook page, call 541-492-RENT (7368), or stop by and share your thoughts.

   All of these classes will be free and open to the general public. The value to the community wiill be greatest with your input, so please feel free to talk to us about these.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Tax increase vs. shop locally owned

            I hope you find this reading compelling because I need help getting the word out. In previous articles I’ve discussed the “Think Local” concept of shopping. I’d like to go a little deeper into an area I feel is the real reason I feel so strongly about compelling others to think local.
            We’ve all heard that product pricing is driven by supply and demand. Our local public services are no different. There is a demand placed on public services by our community, and in turn a supply of money is required to meet that demand. The supply of money comes to the public services in the form of taxes paid by the community. Want more services? Pay more taxes. I’m not going to go into the efficiency or any other topics on the demand side. Pick up any paper or browse a news website and you can get all the information and opinions you crave. I would like you to consider a supply side element.
            How can shopping a locally owned independent business have a significant effect on the supply side? It is two fold. First are the number of jobs brought back to the community, and each job is another tax payer. For instance, when you buy a gallon of locally grown milk you are creating a demand for services such as local processing and packaging. On top of that are the ranchers, feed supply businesses, veterinarians, fencing folks and more. In addition we have local people producing the business web pages for the dairy and other businesses previously mentioned. Accountants, lawyers, cattle auctioneers, marketing professionals, radio and television production people and more will all require increased labor to meet that demand. Just from buying locally produced, processed, packaged and delivered milk. The second and no less significant impact is the profits the dairy and all of these supporting businesses provide. Not only are a significant amount of these profits spent locally (most local business owners are very supportive of other local businesses) but they are a source of tax revenue as well.
            As you can see, any significant shift in spending toward locally owned independent business can and would without question create a significant supply side increase in tax revenue. I ask that you consider this analogy with that of shopping a non-locally owned business that sources their product from the cheapest source to compete on price alone. Is it possible that if you’re shopping on price alone you’re having a bigger impact on the community and in turn your own quality of life than you realize?
            I figure in our family we spend in the neighborhood of $16 a month more buying locally produced milk than that of the cheapest available milk. In turn we’d see a significant increase in local tax revenue, and local jobs. What would I see for a tax increase of $16 a month? Our family is asking for and seeking out locally produced products and supporting locally owned business first, and now you know one more reason why.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011