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About Us

Welcome to Bill's Outdoor Supply, formerly known as Bills Lawnmower Shop, where the variety of outdoor power equipment is second to none. In all of Stephenville, TX, there isn't a friendlier or more knowledgeable staff than ours. We're happy to help you find either the perfect outdoor equipment or the parts you've been looking for. Check out our New Equipment to see what we have. If you need help making your selection, call or stop in- we're always ready to help! 2590 W Washington St | Stephenville, TX 76401 or call us at .

We are conveniently located in Stephenville, TX, and have been family-owned and operated since 1966. Bill's Outdoor Supply can provide you with the latest and best in outdoor power products such as Gravely, Ariens, CF Moto, TYM Tractors, Delco Trailers & Xon Trailers and Maruyama products to make your outdoor living more enjoyable. We have great rebate programs and financing options so you get the best deal possible but not cheap service!

Combine this wide array of selections with our friendly and knowledgeable staff, and we're convinced Bill's Outdoor Supply will become your only stop for all your outdoor power needs.

We know individuality is important, which is why we pay close attention to the interest of each customer. From the minute you walk through the door, meeting your needs is our top priority. Founded not only on excellent customer service, but also on principles of hard work and a focused attitude, Bill's Outdoor Supply has a long list of satisfied customers. Call or stop by; you'll be glad you did.

Our History Timeline


• 1953 - Bill and Joyce Chew lived in Hico, Tx.
• 1954 - Bill managed Knox produce store where they sold feed, produce, eggs, cream, and mohair.
o Wayne Barham owned Stephenville Produce co. and Barham feed and supply. 
o Wayne hired Bill to run the Stephenville Produce co. which was located at 211 w. McNeil, which is now Ruby’s Bistro.
o Bill managed the store until 1965.
• 1965 - As the produce store sales went down, Bill started tinkering with a few lawn mowers in the shop. 
o Bill was always working on small, air-cooled engines most of his life as a hobby.
o Wayne asked Bill to begin a partnership in 1965 where Wayne sold feed and Bill worked on lawn mowers.
o The feed store became a DeKalb dealer supplying feed to local chicken houses. 
o The chicken market fell off and DeKalb moved out and the produce store closed.
• 1966 - Wayne and Bill split up the store. 
o Wayne took the feed and seed store, and Bill took the lawnmower shop. 
o At the time, the lawnmower shop was in the garden on Belknap St. where it remained until 1970.
• 1966 - In July, Bill’s Lawnmower Shop formally became a business, and the name was given by Wayne’s secretary, Helen Lockhart. 
o When filling out the papers for Bill’s to become an official business, she just wrote down “Bill’s Lawnmower Shop” and the name stuck.
o Jimmy Chew, the oldest son of Bill and Joyce, began to work at the shop after school to help his dad. 
• 1967 - Bill started selling Ariens lawn mowers.
o He was the 1st dealer west of the Mississippi.
o At that time, Ariens only made walk behinds and small riding mowers.
• 1969 - Bill started selling Murray lawn mowers.
• 1970 - Wayne bought the old Postons building, which is now the Stephenville courthouse annex.
o Bill’s Lawnmower Shop moved from the garden and into that building.
• 1972-1974 - Bill’s was the largest Murray dealer in the US. 
o Bill operated with Ariens, Murray, and Stihl until he dropped the Murray line due to mass retail at Walmart in the 80s.
• 1976 - Bill’s Lawnmower Shop became one of the first Stihl dealers in Texas.
• 1975 - Bill moved back to McNeil St. into the original building and operated out of there from 1966-2005. 
• 1990s - The shop stopped selling Stihl because they went to mass marketing in the early 90s.
• 1996 - Bill had to quit working at the shop due to health issues.
o Bill Chew passed away in 1997. 
o Jimmy, Billy, and Joyce continued running the shop, even after Bill’s passing.
o In the 70s, Jimmy and Billy both went to work for the city of Stephenville but continued to work at the shop.
• 2004 - Steve Thomas began to work at the shop to help them. 
o Steve happened to be working at the fire station, where Jimmy was his supervisor as assistant fire chief. 
o Steve ended up purchasing the shop in 2005 and became the new owner of Bill’s Lawnmower Shop. 
o At that point, the shop had been in business for 39 years.
o Jimmy and Billy stayed for a few years to help Steve learn the ropes.
• 2005 - The shop continued with the Ariens line of mowers.
o Steve sold Ex-mark, Shindaiwa trimmers and chainsaws, etc.
• 2012 - Marked the 46th year of being in the building and was bought out by another company. 
o Bills moved due to the original location at 211 w McNeil being sold. The shop moved to 2590 W Washington St.
• 2015 - The shop picked up the Gravely line. 
• 2015 - The shop began to carry Maruyama weed eaters and trimmers.
• 2017 - The shop picked up TYM tractor line.
• 2017 - The shop became a Delco trailer dealer. 
• 2018 - The shop picked up the CFMOTO ATV and UTV line.
• 2018 - Began advertising with 95.5 KHits radio station.
o On the radio, Steve explained to the radio hosts that because he worked as a paramedic, he could explain to customers how the engine worked by comparing it to the human body. 
o Mike and Julie started calling him “Dr. Bill” because he was basically a mower doctor.
• 2019 - Bill’s became an exclusive dealer for Ariens and Gravely, TYM, CFMOTO, and Maruyama.
o Bill’s lawnmower shop was one of the oldest Ariens dealerships, carrying the line for 53 years.
• 2019 - Steve started selling feed and hay, getting back to the roots of the original store.
• 2019 - The name changed from Bill’s Lawnmower Shop to Bill’s Outdoor Supply.
Bill’s Outdoor Supply has been a family-owned and operated business since 1966 and will continue to be family owned and operated for as long as possible. Steve Thomas (A.K.A “Dr. Bill”) has worked hard to keep the business afloat. Steve has many plans for the future of Bill’s Outdoor Supply to make sure Stephenville, as well as surrounding towns, will always have a place to go for their outdoor equipment needs.

Our Story

Bill and Joyce Chew lived in Hico, Texas with their 2 boys, Jimmy and Billy. Bill managed Knox produce store where they sold feed, produce, eggs, cream, and mohair. Bill met a man named Wayne Barham, who owned several businesses in town, including, Stephenville Produce co. and Barham Feed and Supply. Wayne offered Bill a job as manager at Stephenville Produce co. located at 211 W. McNeil St., which is now Ruby’s Bistro. Bill managed this store until 1965. During this time, produce sales started going down and Bill began tinkering with a few lawnmowers at the shop. 
Bill had always worked on small, air-cooled engines most of his life as a hobby. In 1965, Wayne asked Bill to begin a partnership where Wayne sold feed and Bill worked on peoples’ lawnmowers. The feed store became a DeKalb dealer, supplying feed to local chicken houses. When the chicken market fell off, DeKalb moved out and the produce store closed. In 1966, Wayne and Bill split up the store. Wayne took the feed and seed store, and Bill took the lawnmowers and set up shop in the garden on Belknap St. where it remained until 1970. 

In July of 1966, Bill’s Lawnmower Shop formally became a business, and the name was given by Wayne’s secretary, Helen Lockhart. When filling out the papers for Bill’s to become an official business, she just wrote down “Bill’s Lawnmower Shop” and the name stuck. Now that he was an official business, he would need some help. Jimmy Chew, the oldest son of Bill and Joyce, began to work at the shop after school to help his dad. 

In 1967, Bill began selling the Ariens line of lawn mowers. He was the first dealer west of the Mississippi. At that time, Ariens only made walk behinds and small riding mowers. In 1969, Bill started selling the Murray lawn mower line. By 1970, Wayne bought the old Postons building, which is now the Stephenville courthouse annex, and Bill moved from the garden on Belknap to the new building. From 1972 to 1974, Bill’s Lawnmower Shop was the largest Murray dealer in the US. By now, Bill operated with Ariens, Murray, and Stihl until he dropped the Murray line due to mass retail at Walmart in the 80s. In 1974, Bill’s Lawnmower Shop became one of the first Stihl dealers in the state of Texas. 1975 rolls around and Bill moved back into the building on McNeil St. into the original building and operated out of there from 1966 to 2005. Bill’s stopped selling Stihl because they went to mass marketing in the early 90s.
Sadly, in 1996, Bill had to stop working at the shop due to health issues. Bill Chew passed away in 1997. His wife, Joyce, and his two sons, Jimmy and Billy, continues running the shop, even after Bill’s passing. In fact, in the 70s, both Jimmy and Billy went to work for the city of Stephenville but always continued to work at the shop. It was just the 3 of them running the shop until 2004. In ’04, Steve Thomas began to work at the shop to help out. Steve happened to be working at the fire station, where Jimmy was his supervisor as assistant fire chief. Steve ended up purchasing the shop in 2005 and became the new owner of Bill’s Lawnmower Shop. By this time, the shop had been in business for 39 years. Jimmy and Billy stayed for a few years to help Steve learn the ropes. The shop was also still carrying the Ariens line of mowers along with Ex-mark, Shindaiwa trimmers and chainsaws, etc. 

2012 marked the 46th year of being in the building. However, the building was bought out by another company. Bill’s Lawnmower Shop moved due to the original location at 211 W. McNeil St. being sold and relocated to 2590 W. Washington St. The bigger building allowed Steve to grow the company. In 2015, he picked up the Gravely line and began to carry Maruyama weed eaters and trimmers. In 2017, he picked up the TYM Tractor line and became a Delco trailer dealer. Steve began expanding his advertising for the business in 2018 by going on the 95.5 KHits radio station.  On the radio, Steve explained to the radio hosts that because he worked as a paramedic, he could explain to customers how the engine worked by comparing it to the human body. Mike and Julie, the radio hosts, started calling him “Dr. Bill” because he was basically a doctor for small engines. Bill’s became an exclusive dealer for Ariens and Gravely, TYM, CFMOTO, and Maruyama by 2019. Bill’s lawnmower shop was one of the oldest Ariens dealerships, carrying the line for 53 years. Steve started selling feed and hay, getting back to the roots of the original store. Also, in 2019, The name changed from Bill’s Lawnmower Shop to Bill’s Outdoor Supply. 

Bill’s Outdoor Supply has been a family-owned and operated business since 1966 and will continue to be family owned and operated for as long as possible. Steve Thomas (A.K.A “Dr. Bill”) has worked hard to keep the business afloat. Steve has many plans for the future of Bill’s Outdoor Supply to make sure Stephenville, as well as surrounding towns, will always have a place to go for their outdoor equipment needs.


Mission Statement

Our mission is to encourage and inspire the ongoing development of the lawn care, agricultural, and recreational sectors of today's society by providing superior products and services to the surrounding populace.

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