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Better price on Redmax 8000

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by The Curious Porpoise, Sep 21, 2005.

  1. The Curious Porpoise

    The Curious Porpoise LawnSite Member
    Posts: 70


    there ya go, about $50 cheaper (after shipping) than the dealer down the street from me wants to charge me. So why not buy from this ebay guy? my only question is if i buy the blower from this guy and if something goes wrong w/ it, will my local Redmax dealer fix it for me (still being under warranty) even though he didn't sell it to me? is there any disadvantage or potential risk giving me reason to shell out the extra $50 to my local dealer for the same exact product?

    oh yea, and this particular auction is for the left handed throttle, but the same ebay seller has right handed throttle model's for the same price on a different auction. My dealer said buy a left handed throttle one because it has less problems than the right handed one-which apparently breaks or comes loose... then the other day some one on this sight says "only buy the right-handed model".... so what's a guy like me to do? the only blower i own has the throttle mounted on the left side, and i don't mind it there at all... some one please expand on this topic w/ the pro's and con's of each...

    Thanks once again in advance!!!!!
  2. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,210

    IMHO, $50 isn't worth it. Basically you are talking about one cut lawn or about 1/2hr worth of work.

    Give you a for instance...

    Bought my 8000 and used it for one big job. The screw that holds the motor to the frame on the top was completely gone, leaving the motor/engine to go flapping about. Drove to my dealer he took one look at it, apologized, went over to the display rack and took the bolt from that one since he didn't have any in stock.

    Now, I'm sure he wouldn't have done that if I DIDN'T buy it from him. I'd look at it as the 50 bucks I would have saved would have meant nothing when compared to the downtime of the unit.
  3. dcplace2004

    dcplace2004 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 423

    from afar, and get NO dealer support...not that redmax really gives any support that is even 5 percent of effort...
  4. Markf

    Markf LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 407

    Bought a 8000 from a sponsor here on lawnsite. We did save $ and the sponsor is really nice and helpful, but like LB1234, ours broke under warranty. I brought it to our usual dealer (I was embarrased :blush: ) He fixed it right away and out the door we went. Is it really worth $50 saved for that type of service?
  5. dcplace2004

    dcplace2004 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 423

    at the redmax dealer here, I ain't quite so sure...later...
  6. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,210

    Well, it wasn't a redmax thing...it was a dealer thing. It helps that we've bought numerous equipment from him as well as landscape materials over the years.

    I think too many people underestimate dealer support (According to what I read here).
  7. HK45Mark23

    HK45Mark23 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 200

    I think too many of you don’t realize that warranty work is warranty work no matter where you buy it and if it is out of warranty you will come out of pocket.

    There is no difference where you buy something; the only difference is in your heads.

    A dealer technician does not care if you bought the item there they are trained to fix it and either bill the factory or you.

    Really the difference is can you go to the dealer and say, “I can get an item for this plus shipping and handling, can you match or better that price?” Then if the price is still better on line with taxes and shipping then go for it.

    The dealer will still make money to service it no matter if it is under warranty or not.

    The dealer support should not be any different weather or not you bought it from them or not and if it is you have a bad dealer.

    Here is a good for instance, you should know that on a new car sales lot, they make all of their money on the used cars and service department. New cars make so little in comparison to used. They (the dealer) could care less if you buy the new car there. They will make all of their money on the service. I guarantee your dealers are making money on servicing you equipment than the sale of the large items.

    Think about it guys and girl.

  8. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,210

    You are correct in what you said, I'm not going to dispute warranty work is paid for. However, I've gotten free repairs from my service guy. They plugged a flat tire on the trailer for me and didn't charge me a dime. I was in and out in 10 minutes.

    Also, put it this way. Who's equipment is first in line to be fixed...those that have bought equipment there or those that have bought somewhere else and are having it repaired there?
  9. LawnBoy89

    LawnBoy89 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 967

    WHHHATTT? That isn't even cheap, especially after they ship it. Landscapesupplyonline.com call them up and tell them what you want I'm sure you will get much better price, only thing no dealer support.
  10. Lazer_Z

    Lazer_Z LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 2,579

    What's the dealer quoting you??? I've only gotten one quote so far for $459.99+tax. I've also gotten a quote on a Stihl BR600 for $479.99+tax.
    If I were to pay asking price for the 8000 I would be at $487.99 but,I have bought a lot of equipment off of the dealer I am going to go to so I know I'll get a couple $$$ knocked off.


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