Do you guys change your own oil and blades or send for service?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by customcurbdesigns, Feb 19, 2008.

  1. customcurbdesigns

    customcurbdesigns LawnSite Member
    from Tampa
    Posts: 203

    As the title states. Do you change your own oil and blades or send it to the dealer?
  2. mowman84

    mowman84 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 91

    almost always do myself. Shop fees can add up quickly.
  3. pclawncare

    pclawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 991

    I dont see how you can send in your mowers every time the blade needs sharpening i would spend more time tryin to get mowers to the shop then mowing. I guess if you dont mow alot and only need to sharpen once or twice a yr
  4. ACA L&L

    ACA L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,108

    $65.00 an hour or $10.99 for a telve pack of coolies on a fri/sat evening messin in garage. And a piece of mind knowing it was done right!
  5. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,758

    I do mine myself and any repairs that I can do. If I can't do it then I will take it to the shop.
  6. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,096

    I perform 99.9% of the repairs and maint. myself. If its a big issue that I don't have time to deal with, then it goes to the dealer for repairs.
  7. packey

    packey LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 556

    most all repairs are done on my own unless it is a major, major repair then I might think about taking it to the shop but that is something I have only done once in the last 12 years. I consider blades consumable and replace weekly with freshly sharpened ones. Oil is changed ever 50 hours or three times a season. which ever comes first.
  8. 02DURAMAX

    02DURAMAX LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,804

    i do most everything unless I know i cant do it..
  9. qball98

    qball98 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 83

    I do everything I can myself especially changing blades. I put a sharp set on almost every day and the local dealer charges $4to $5 dollars each to sharpen. That would be $12 to $15 per machine and would get expensive really fast. In the last 6 years the mowers have never been to the shop unless it was a warranty issue.
  10. GreenSouth Landscapes

    GreenSouth Landscapes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 78

    DIY unless its under warranty, i almost always cycle my equipment out before warranty ends, most of the time you can still get what pay off is, if you owe on it.

    As far as blades and oil change, i definetly do it myself. don't have time for the shop.

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