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Old 04-19-2006, 12:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Richard Martin
I'm not taking it as a brag or gloat, just as what it is, a statement about Lesco's good service.

I've always gotten really good service from my local Lesco dealer, even when they switched managers. The new manager took the time to find out who I was and what I did even though I am one of the smallest fish to walk through their door.

I'll be moving to NC in about 3 weeks and the closest Lesco is about 100 miles from me. It looks like I'll only be making that trip once or twice a year.
Yeah, they gotta build some more Lesco's in NC.
My service center is 80 miles from me.

So this brings me to my kicking/screaming/pouting session I have went through 3 times in the last few days.... I knew I needed to replace a few items at some point this year. But they kicked the bucket earlier than I expected... and as always, this sort of stuff happens at the worst possible time. The kind of situations where you need to go straight right then, buy something and return to work with it.

Well, I had to buy a new push spreader and a new backpack sprayer over the last few days. Each item I needed right then, so I decided to surrender to the "K.I.S.S. system" and buy local look-alike versions of the Lesco stuff.

So the spreader 'favors' the lesco spreader, but does not have the stainless frame and nice handlebars.

The backpack I went with was from Tractor Supply. Looks just freakin like the Lesco, Solo, SP Systems and RL Flowmaster Pro sprayers. But the super nice K.I.S.S. part of it is that they stock all the little parts right there handy. So I bought it and a whole replacement parts kit to have on hand... thinking I was doing good and "keeping it simple stupid" ya know?

Well, I get it out of the box and ready to work. It still looks just like the others, but I can see right off there are some 'economy' items on it. The frame is painted instead of stainless. The backpack straps suck. Not nice and padded. Not well secured at the bottom, ect. So I have to rig up the straps at the bottom to secure them. I fill it up and throw it on, only to have chemicals leak out around the lid and down my back.

I take it off to find when it is tilted to one side it leaks. So I figure the lid is not tight enough. So I turn it a little more and it pops loose instead of tightning. While it's off I notice that the tank mouth is all out of shape, which accounts for the leaking. So I have to take it all back.

So I'm having my little tantrum about not being able to just get the Lesco stuff I want. So I decide not to exchange. Again I'm having my kicking/screaming/pouting session as I'm hunting an SP Systems 189. Not a friggin one to be had it all of two towns. So I end up having to choose between an RL Flowmaster Pro or an SP Systems Landscaper's Choice 2, both of which look just like the one from tractor supply, Lesco and the rest.... plus I got to pay more for it than I would have through Lesco, which I would have much rather patronized anyways...

This one looks at lot better though. So we will see how it works when I finish TOMORROW.

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