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kevin11946ny
07-08-2007, 02:08 PM
my older model toro 52" wb 1990 around starting giving me problems i was told it needs a new carb and it will be $300 including labor.

I would like to know if this is a fair price.

How much can you get a carb for new? $100 or so, then that is $200 for labor, how hard is this to do yourself.

Please give me some opinions.

Thanks Alot
Kevin

mcwlandscaping
07-08-2007, 02:10 PM
What kind of motor?

kevin11946ny
07-08-2007, 02:13 PM
its a 12.5 hp kawi

LCPullman
07-08-2007, 02:24 PM
A quick check shows that a carb may be running around $150+. I don't think $100 or so dollars for labor is unreasonable.

rodfather
07-08-2007, 02:53 PM
Replacing a carb on an 17 year old unit owes you nothing...spend the 3 bills and make $$$ with it again.

Idealtim
07-08-2007, 02:58 PM
That price sounds right on point to me.

richard1103
07-08-2007, 03:28 PM
$111.40 + 8.95 shipping at j-thomas do it yourself 12mm wrench

pjslawncare/landscap
07-08-2007, 05:54 PM
Replacing a carb is simple to do. If you are in the lawncare industry, you should be able to fix this easily. If you cant, be prepaired to spend the big $$ for simple repairs such as this. I fix most all my own equipment that is out of warrenty myself. I fix it cheaper, faster and usually better than most shops can. I guess it pays to be a mechanic myself. Another thing is that you can most likely rebuild your carb if u know how. Shops would rather just put a new one on instead of spending time cleaning the old one up

metro36
07-08-2007, 08:07 PM
Kevin,

What dealer were you using? Was it carls in riverhead?

Restrorob
07-08-2007, 08:35 PM
i was told it needs a new carb and it will be $300 including labor.


http://www.gtr-game.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif ^^^^^

Kawi's MSRP; $119.74

That leaves around $170.00 in labor to perform a 30 minute or less job.

Ask them if they supply Vaseline with that.....:dizzy:

DOLMARatOS
07-08-2007, 09:24 PM
I agree 100% with above.

Carb. may be expensive but it is a 1/2 hour job. IF....and I mean IF you had a leaking carb. then i'd add an hour to that to change out the fuel lines, fuel filters, clean the tank and change the oil and filter. If it was just a runability problem then you'd be looking at 1/2 hour labor. Realistically it takes 10 minutes to change the carb. but there is cleaning, possible fuel hose change, parts look-up, moving the unit around etc.

Why not do-it yourself?

elrojo63
07-08-2007, 09:48 PM
That's way to much to be spending on a carb replacement. Buy the carb from either a dealer or try finding a used one off a motor that had other problems like being run out of oil. you'll save a lot of money that way. I buy almost all my parts off scrap mowers. Old Kawasakis are easy to come buy considering they were used on so many brands or euipment. Do the work yourself. It's really an easy job. I'm sixteen and am just getting into fixing my equipment, and have already done this work before.. Good Luck. Also, change the fuel filters and also change and oil the new air filters.

kevin11946ny
07-08-2007, 10:21 PM
i used to go there but it takes to long to get things fixed.

i go to EL Ryder in East Quogue on Montauk Highway.

How long would it take to change the Carb? 10 mintues? And they charge $150 in labor? Seems like alot of money.

fixer67
07-08-2007, 10:35 PM
i used to go there but it takes to long to get things fixed.

i go to EL Ryder in East Quogue on Montauk Highway.

How long would it take to change the Carb? 10 mintues? And they charge $150 in labor? Seems like alot of money.

Even if it took an hour to change a carb that is still way too much for labor. $150 labor to change a carb, I just do not see it.

Mark in MD
07-10-2007, 09:13 AM
I paid $100 recently for a Kawi carb for my 14 HP engine.

djagusch
07-10-2007, 10:30 PM
The J Thomas carb works well I installed one myself and it took 20 mins with changing the fuel filter and lines.

I'm guessing the dealer is charging alot for diagnosing the problem.