Who We Are
Brentwood Power Equipment Center has been a family-owned business since 1986. Our shop is located on land that has been in the family since 1710.
We're proud to say that our employees tend to stay with the business for a very long time, resulting in very little turnover, giving us a great, dependable team to work with. Our technicians have over 120 years of accumulated experience with the equipment that we service and sell, and all of us regularly attend continuing education conferences and seminars to keep up with the latest technology.
A Little History
The company was started in 1966 in Exeter, NH. At that time, it was known as Ralston Tree Service.
In 1986, Dave Flagg bought the business, and moved it to Brentwood in 1998.
We enjoy a similarly long history with the brands we service and support. Brentwood Power Equipment has carried Snapper equipment since 1972, Jonsered equipment since 1986, and Simplicity equipment since 1988.
Owner Dave Flagg spent his high school years working on a potato farm in Northern Maine's Aroostook County. It was here that he got his initial introduction to using, maintaining, and repairing equipment. After high school he went to work for two local equipment dealers and decided that he wanted to further his mechanical knowledge. He earned his Associates of Science degree in Automotive Technology in 1985. The following year he bought Ralston Power Equipment, changing the name to Ralston-Flagg Inc. In 1997, he built a new building next to his house on Route 125 in Brentwood. The business has grown several times since, and with that growth has come the need to add on to the building. Currently a 40' x 60' shop addition is underway.
Dave's eldest son Nate took an interest in working in the family business at age 11. He started going to work with his dad on Saturday mornings when the shop was still in Exeter. Once the shop was relocated to Brentwood, Nate started working after school and during his summer vacations. His tasks included cleanup duties, mowing the lawn, setting up equipment, and once he got older he started driving the truck and learning the mechanical end of the business. After high school, Nate enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served four years as a combat engineer, deploying to 17 countries including Iraq. After his discharge in 2008, Nate came back to work in the business, spending three years working as a mechanic. As the business has grown, he has moved away from the mechanic role and now stays busy helping Dave run things. He can typically be found behind the parts counter helping customers or on the showroom floor showing off one piece of equipment or another. He is currently using his GI Bill to get his Bachelor's degree in Business Management.