Ferris OEM Blades vs. Sunbelt Aftermarket

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Sonnie Parker, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. crazyflyboy30

    crazyflyboy30 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
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    I soon will be in with a new dealer who will sell me close to he's cost he is on the up and up he said that a $20 lawn mower blade cost him $4 the mark up was outrageous and needs me help him on the side.I may need a 36 HP Vanguard LOL.
     
  2. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
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    That could be true in the case of some Oregon blades. Their MSRP is ridiculous sometimes. However for a Ferris, Scag or other OEM blade it wont be the case.
     
  3. crazyflyboy30

    crazyflyboy30 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 372

    He's pushing Kawasaki Engine but he is new so it will be a sum time to get all set up and going and he is thinking of going with Scag as one of he's brand. As for the OEM blades the other dealer sold me $10 a blade do think he paid more than $4 or $5 for them ? The same for a OEM HYDRO GEAR 52114 OIL FILTER one dealer price was $21. The same dealer sold me the blades price was $10 so I got all he had was only 4 .The mark up on Engine was no't as must as I hoping for but give you a idea say the MSRP was $2,100 he get it for $1,400.
     
  4. farmmower

    farmmower LawnSite Member
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    Ok, confuse me some more. I see the discussion on the 5101755 blades vs. the 5020842 blades. My parts book lists the 5101755 for the ICD deck. My dealer gave me an extra set as part of the deal but gave me the 5020842 blades which are still in the box.

    I guess the lift on the 5101755 is greater but thickness, etc. is the same. Should I take the 502's back and demand the 5101755's. The 502's may have been before the ICD deck came out but does the extra lift matter and should I ask for the 5101755 as that is what my parts lists shows for my mower? Please help as I just discovered the discrepancy and need to change blades soon.
     
  5. farmmower

    farmmower LawnSite Member
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    I just re-read a previous post on the 5101755 vs. 5020842 and it looks as though the 5101755 are a tad thicker in addition to a wider and higher lift. So, what to do with my dealer and does this matter.
     
  6. mmerder

    mmerder LawnSite Member
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    Fisher Barton makes blades for Snapper Pro/Ferris, Sunbelt and John Deere (who owns Sunbelt). All coming out of the same plant. Usually just the finish is different.
     
  7. farmmower

    farmmower LawnSite Member
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    The OEMs are Marbain steel so compare that to the others. Maybe FB produces some cheaper blades?? The Marbain will last the longest which I think is the difference between the OEMs and some of the aftermarket but not sure which ones.
     
  8. mmerder

    mmerder LawnSite Member
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    This is very true. Almost every lawnmower blade is made from 10B38 steel. Marbain is a trademark for Fisher, but I see that Oregon is also using that name in 2013; maybe it's 10b38 modified but I'm not that smart. Fisher's customers must make good margin because a lot of the blades are unfinished steel or have an oil finish. Last set of OEM Deere blades I got from the dealer had rust on them. No thanks. But yeah, just FYI Fisher has a tiny logo of an FB together that they put on everything. I've seen it on Kubota, Scag, some Cub, Deere, Snapper and Ferris.
     
  9. farmmower

    farmmower LawnSite Member
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    That explains the small logo I couldn't figure out. When I went for blades for my Ferris the parts person asked if I wanted the OEM or aftermarket and agreed the OEM was a better steel, Marbain. The OEMs cost more and not sure how much as the extra set of blades was part of the purchase deal for me. The other thing to watch out for is the blade part number. I discovered that the first extra set they gave me were blades for the pre ICD deck and not the ones listed for the ICD deck. The main difference seems to be a slightly longer lift but there must have been a reason why Ferris went to them and so they had to order. I do know they were about $25 more for a set of 3 as the salesman had to cough up the difference. If anyone needs the part number for the Ferris IS3100Z ICD deck I can provide the old and new part numbers.
     
  10. mmerder

    mmerder LawnSite Member
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    I had the luxory of working for an OEM that owned an aftermarket company so I can pretty much tell you where everything in the market comes from. Can't tell you the name of the company though. Still in my "be quiet" period.
     

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