Your Full Service Cylinder Repair Facility
After many years Together Again
Welcome to Small Engine Machine Works .com
providing online internet consulting and 2-Stroke Specialties
Your Cylinder Sleeve Problem Solver
Having 2-Stroke or 4-Stroke Cylinder problems? Contact me, I can help.
Why do we bore cylinders for such a reasonable cost? Our only business is top end cylinder work & related projects.
A good part of our production is Mail Order, with a Medium Priority freight post office box the charge is $12.00 & change each way.
This makes our mail order cylinder service competitive.
I'm your Top End Guy, Junk to Perfection
When your Cylinder looks like this We can make it Better than new
We can talk about your riding style & power requirements. Most times we can change your port timing so your machine performs to the way you ride. Big bore kits & Small bore kits are our specialty, Quick as a Wink O-Ring Grooves. Any type of cylinder, Blind bores, no problem. We can replace your Plated cylinder & return your engine to life with a new Iron Liner. Give us a call before you spend hundreds $$$ for that special Trick Kit. We may be able to suprise you with Special Possibilities.
As I’m heading towards retirement in the next few years, I’m happy to pass along what I can.
I have knowledge to share with you for free.
World wide we have friends who we are working with. Ask me a question, I may be able to help you.
Complete Cylinder Sleeve Manufacture & Replacement
Before we replace your cylinder Sleeve
We can mathematically calculate your existing port timing
It’s not necessary to physically use a degree wheel to obtain the numbers.
We will compare your port timing with excepted performance numbers published by other professional sources
We can discuss with you how we may change your port timing in order to change your power band delivery
If you are curious about what your dealer did to the inside of your engine. We will help you understand what they did and why.
2-Stroke Engines will never die
I can Help You
Call or Email your questions
Small Engine Machine Works.com
After November 1, 2016 my new mailing address is
c/o General Delivery
Oregon 97730 USPS Only
Cell Phone 503-593-2908 Office 541-595-0310
2 Stroke Big bore kits
We can sleeve for most any big bore kit that you can find the parts for. With most any big bore kit the power valve must be removed. The manufacturing engineers at the cycle factory never had a big bore kit in mind when they designed your engine. At Small Engine; we manufacture the sleeves from the raw casting up. There is no middle man involved in your custom bore kit. Most people who contact me are concerned about finding their custom sleeves’. Again; I make your custom liner in my humble, retired shop garage. If you decide to go in this direction; you are responsible for finding the piston & gasket sets. If your bore has much more than a 2mm diameter increases, you will need more fuel to feed it, a larger carburetor or injector. If you’re not capable of engineering the required changes & parts, you need to find somebody who can do this for you.
Machining the2 stroke cylinder head
If your cylinder head has a concentric spark plug hole; i.e. in the center of the combustion chamber, The cost charge is included in the bore kit price. A 10-1 corrected compression ratio is recommended for or installations. (147psi cranking compression) The corrected compression ratio is calculated assuming a 180deg. exhaust port duration.
A 50% squish band area is calculated with a www.bimotion.se Cylinder head calculation program
We wish to give you your best value on your repairs. Only shopping for price can be a big mistake. Many times a customer has gone elsewhere because of a difference of $25 or so. The customer many times has no idea where his new sleeve came from or how it was installed. If you have questions, please give me a call. Check out “How it’s Done” & you will learn.
A little history about Small Engine Machine works Inc. & Northwest Sleeve Co. The question has come up a few times so I thought I’d explain the history some so you all would know what’s going on.
In the 50’s & 60’s, I showed an interest in my grand dad’s lawn mowers. Both mowers were 2 strokes with rope pull starters. Each weekend in the summer I’d go to my grand dads’ & earn $5.00 for mowing his lawn, what fun & earning some big cash. My interest in small engines grew more when my father bought me a Go Kart from the local department store. After a few trips to the local Kart track the subject of racing my kart finally came up. Fast forward a few years; 4 years in the navy.
I still was tinkering with 2 stroke engines & the subject of cylinder repairs kept coming up. Well my father’s metal shop happened to have an aluminum welder. We started welding motorcycle cases, repairing cylinders kept floating to the surface. I went to a local machinery dealer & purchased a Kwik Way brand cylinder boring machine. That’s how it all started; 2 more Kwik Way’s & a vertical mill. I was so busy boring cylinders that my father suggested that I quit working for the family business & start working for myself. In 1971 I started Small Engine Machine Works Co.; business was to growing as fast as I could bore more cylinders. Next was a distributorship of Wiesco piston & L. A. Sleeve co’s. The business kept growing into a 5 employee shop. An ad in Cycle World magazine & the sleeve backlog quickly grew to 50 cylinders.
As time went by my father became ill with Bone Cancer & I took over the family business. I had an offer to sell Small Engine to Mr. Bill Wagner who renamed the company to Northwest Sleeve. NW Sleeve grew & prospered for some 30 years. The Wagner family finally closed the company for retirement & John Tice started www.smallenginemachineworks.com as a domain name only. In my retirement I’m sleeving & boring cylinders again. Linda Wagner & I have become good friends & the opportunity of acquiring the NW Sleeve.com domain name came to me. So the company has now gone full circle, who will be the next owner??
Along with your service
No matter if you’re a newbie or a seasoned mechanic; you have skills which can be shared in a good conversation. It’s many times necessary to talk over a project with the customer; what is required & what can we do, also how we do the job. There are no secrets here & we wish that the customer completely understands the project from beginning to completion. The liner replacement business is a unique operation but nothing special. All of the skills & procedures required are those of a standard machinist. I’d like everyone to know how all of this is done in order to help sustain the trade.
In the quest for a life time of knowledge; none of us can know everything, but all of us can know something. Since we can’t know everything; we focus and try to be the very best at what we do, Small Engine Cylinder Repairs. Over 45 years in the Machine Shop
We Machine your cylinders Round & Straight
I’m in my 60’s and retired. I wish to pass along as much information as I can to the next generation. My Life time profession has been Precision Machine work & Welding. In the early days, Small Engine cylinder repair. Over the years I’ve found that employees, customers and students have been very responsive to the teachings of a senior fellow in the profession. Did you buy a used Lathe or Milling machine? I’d be happy to help you set it up. Maybe a boring bar or an older Sunnen hone. The older manual machines are just as handy and useful as they have ever been.
You might even figure out that you can earn some extra income from your efforts. I’ll bet that you have friends who would pay you for your skills and services. In today’s economy a few extra Bucko’s could help fill your wallet. I started boring cycle cylinders for local dealers at $4.00 per hole. Years later and a lot of hard work has been very satisfying to me. In spite of all the Hype of plated cylinders and the Like, the sleeve business is alive and well. Just take a look at my Links page.
I'm now retired & do high quality workmanship for a reasonable cost; Cylinder Boring 3 days with piston
The post office is close so priority mail will be our only method of shipment.
Please wrap your extra heavy cylinders properly so you won’t have broken fins.
My work load is stacked up to the limit until the first of the year. Mail order cylinder boring is still accepted but no more sleeve installing until I’m caught up. All 6 Kwik Way machines are now up & running. If you have a special cylinder boring & sleeving project in mind; send me an Email with pictures of the project so we can discuss what to do. If you are a machinist or enthusiast & wish to get a start in the trade, I can help you get started. Give me a call (503-593-2908)
Starting to get caught up; Quick turn around on cylinder boring
Questions? Give me a call most any time until 9:00pm Pacific
Please do not leave messages on my phone; if you need help or have a question send an email. My Email address is, firstname.lastname@example.org
We are closed every other Friday for a long weekend Rest & Ride
You are always more than welcomed to give me a call to talk about 2-Strokes & your special project
Shop cell 503-593-2908 Office 541-595-0310
Your Full Service Small Engine Cylinder Repair Facility
We machine them Round & Straight -- boring charge $75.00 per hole
Quantity discount may apply
Business hours 08:00 - 16:00 Pacific time zone M-F
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