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Frontier-Lawn
07-30-2008, 10:12 PM
i was flipping through my j Thomas cat and got a idea. would it be economically feasibly to just buy all the parts from them and build you own ex-mark or scag, or ect?

billslawn89
07-30-2008, 10:14 PM
how do you have time to do that now?:dizzy: i'm not that far from you and i know you got to be busy! i'm coming to your town tomorrow..maybe i'll see ya somewhere. anyways, why would you want to ?

mowerbrad
07-30-2008, 10:15 PM
You would probably save some money but you'll be putting a lot of time into it.

J.A.G LAWNCARE
07-30-2008, 10:16 PM
PRICE it out and see

Frontier-Lawn
07-30-2008, 10:23 PM
You would probably save some money but you'll be putting a lot of time into it.

well i tend to cut every 2 weeks to once a month in the winter, so i do have time to kill.


plus it may be cheaper also then buying a new one at full retail.

Frontier-Lawn
07-30-2008, 10:25 PM
how do you have time to do that now?:dizzy: i'm not that far from you and i know you got to be busy! i'm coming to your town tomorrow..maybe i'll see ya somewhere. anyways, why would you want to ?

i have s. venice and sorento clay to do tomorrow and then I'm done for the week, today was fruitville and beeridge area

billslawn89
07-30-2008, 10:35 PM
i have s. venice and sorento clay to do tomorrow and then I'm done for the week, today was fruitville and beeridge area

i'll be off of venice ave, alligator and lemon bay and back to north port, and same..should be done if it don't rain..10 to do...:clapping:

CrewKut
07-30-2008, 10:38 PM
Neat idea..... and you could do it, but economically feasible, I doubt it.

Many years ago I managed a collision shop, and once, during a slow spell, I decided to figure out what it would cost to buy the parts and assemble a car. I don't remember the exact model, I think it was a mid sized Chevy that sold new for about 12k. In the test, I priced the parts with my discount (about20%) and I didn't figure the labor into the total. The total was somewhere around 17k just for parts and I'm sure there would be a lot of incidentals that were not in there. Keep in mind that this did not include the labor cost to put it together. I suspect that the same would be true for your mower idea. The parts travel through too many hands to make it viable.

But if you have time to kill, get your calculator out and sharpen your pencil. Then let us know for sure. :usflag:

Dan

KatKutter
07-30-2008, 10:57 PM
I buy alot from J Thomas. Belts, bearings, switches, clutch, alot of the working parts. Some of it like the chasis, cutter deck, fuel tanks, Im not sure they even have. Wheel motors, pumps and engine would be 3500.00 +. So buying out right would proly be cheaper. But it would be fun to build your own, if a person had the time.

tb8100
07-30-2008, 11:02 PM
margins are higher on parts than whole goods. This is true for virtually any industry. There is no way it would be economically feasible. The freight alone would eat you up on a frame and all the parts, not to mention the labor and guaranteed incidentals like parts ordered screwups. And you wouldn't have a warranty or a professional setup by a dealer.

S man
07-30-2008, 11:04 PM
i was flipping through my j Thomas cat and got a idea. would it be economically feasibly to just buy all the parts from them and build you own ex-mark or scag, or ect?

Are you for real??? What happened to dealer support? What happened to the manufacturer's warranty? What happened to common sense? Let the professionals make the mowers and I'll use them.

tb8100
07-30-2008, 11:05 PM
don't forget a deck is $2500-$3000.

S man
07-30-2008, 11:06 PM
don't forget a deck is $2500-$3000.

Amen brother. Don't forget the engine:hammerhead:

delphied
07-30-2008, 11:27 PM
i was flipping through my j Thomas cat and got a idea. would it be economically feasibly to just buy all the parts from them and build you own ex-mark or scag, or ect?

I think its an excellent idea. You should price it out and let us know.

procut
07-30-2008, 11:42 PM
I don't see it working. I don't think you can buy everything you need from J Thomas, you can get spindels, but not the actual deck shell. Not to mention you have no warrenty or dealer support.

Grits
07-30-2008, 11:54 PM
Heck yeah! You could fabricate your own frame and possibly a deck too. You should do it! Not really. It might be fun to do. But it would cost more than buying an assembled mower.

CrewKut
07-31-2008, 12:15 AM
What would really be fun is doing it like Johnny Cash... "One piece at a time". Using parts from different model years to build it. Or better yet, parts from different brands. You could end up with a FerToScagmark. :laugh:

Dan

topsites
07-31-2008, 12:51 AM
I'm sure it would cost more but even if it came out about right as far as I know they don't sell ALL the parts you'd need...
For my own machines they sell roughly half, and some are more complete than others but that's after doing a lot of cross-referencing meaning I take my chances getting the wrong part, too...

Lessons learned: Don't diss your dealer :p


Other notes:
How can a deck be 2,500 when the whole mower goes for 3-4?
Is that for real, I know they're not cheap but that's just BS

tb8100
07-31-2008, 01:01 AM
I'm sure it would cost more but even if it came out about right as far as I know they don't sell ALL the parts you'd need...
For my own machines they sell roughly half, and some are more complete than others but that's after doing a lot of cross-referencing meaning I take my chances getting the wrong part, too...

Lessons learned: Don't diss your dealer :p


Other notes:
How can a deck be 2,500 when the whole mower goes for 3-4?
Is that for real, I know they're not cheap but that's just BS

Well I was talking about a real mower, not a play one. A Scag Velocity Plus deck is easily $3000.

Frontier-Lawn
07-31-2008, 08:57 AM
What would really be fun is doing it like Johnny Cash... "One piece at a time". Using parts from different model years to build it. Or better yet, parts from different brands. You could end up with a FerToScagmark. :laugh:

Dan

no take features from all brands you like to have on your mower. toro mower controls scag advantage deck and exmark deck floaters, dixie chopper wheel speed, ect

Accu-cut Lawn Care
07-31-2008, 12:57 PM
LOL. If you succeed, you'll be right up there with BOP! They do it, why can't you!:usflag: Sorry, I couldn't help myself.