The Story Of Hagan’s Outdoor Equipment
Hagan’s Saw Service had its beginnings in the basement of the home of James W. Hagan on a farm north of Whitesville, Kentucky in 1957. Mr. Hagan had helped a neighbor cut some wood with a lightweight (weight was about 25 lbs.) one-man Homelite chainsaw, and decided he would like to have a chainsaw like that. A friend also expressed interest in a one-man chainsaw. So he ordered three saws, one for him, one for his friend and one to sell.
These three saws sold rather quickly, so he ordered three more and sold about eleven saws during the first year. Hagan’s Saw Service went on to become one of the largest Homelite chainsaw dealers in the state of Kentucky during the mid and late 60’s and moved from the basement to a steel building beside the Hagan’s home. In the early 70’s, Homelite began selling its products in the mass and discount markets, and began building cheaper products to compete in those markets. So Hagan’s added the Stihl line of chainsaws in order to have a good commercial line of chainsaws and a company that backed them up. The name was also changed to Hagan’s Saw Shop to emphasize sales and service.
In the 60’s and 70’s Hagan’s specialized in chainsaw sales and service, and sold a few tillers and riding mowers. In 1977 Francis Hagan (current owner) bought the business from his father (James W. Hagan) and moved it to a rented 30×50 ft. building on Hwy 54 in Philpot, Kentucky. During the next few years the Snapper, Echo, Husqvarna and Gilson lines of products were added to Hagan’s product offerings, putting Hagan’s into the outdoor power equipment business, and the need for more space.
In 1982 Hagan’s moved into a new 40×80 ft. building at its present location. this building was thought to be about twice as big as needed and should accommodate Hagan”s for the next 25 years. This would prove to be wrong. In the mid 80’s and early 90’s Hagan’s added the Troybilt tiller line, the Wheelhorse line of garden tractors and Brister”s gokarts. This again required more space and a 30x80ft. warehouse was added to the back of the existing building.
In the mid 90’s the commercial mower market began to expand rapidly. Hagan’s had always catered to the commercial timber business with chainsaws. Realizing that commercial mowers would fit well into the business, Hagan’s added the Scag and Grasshopper commercial mowers and Billy Goat blowers and vacuums. The name was also changed to Hagan’s Outdoor Equipment to better describe the company
In the late 90’s, Kubota compact diesel tractors, Farm King products and Honda generators, pumps and mowers were added. Again, space was getting tight. In early 2001, Hagan’s completed its latest expansions. The current, modern facility was basically built over the top of the existing building. It is 80×160 ft. with showroom, shop and warehouse in the same building. It has a 12×160 ft. shed on the side to store repaired equipment and a loading dock in the back. They would say this building should accommodate Hagan’s for the next 25 years, but they’ve been wrong too many times before. In 2002 the Cub Cadet line was added. 2007 marked their 50th year in providing the best service around.
Hagan’s strives to be the place to buy power equipment for consumers in our trade area by stocking quality equipment and providing service to back up that equipment which will give their customers the best value in power equipment in the marketplace.