generic brand parts

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by blabarre, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. blabarre

    blabarre LawnSite Member
    Posts: 80

    Hey guys. I have a kawasaki 601v 19hp engine on my John Deere 717a zero turn mower. I was browsing ebay for some replacement filters (air, oil, fuel) and noticed some filters that were compatible with my mower that were generic brands. They were extremely reasonable on price. What are everyones thoughts on buying oem replacement parts vs generic brands. I don't know if I have permission to mention where I saw these parts but they were almost too good of a deal to pass up.
     
  2. bvillefarm

    bvillefarm LawnSite Member
    Male, from Batesville,IN
    Posts: 25

    I recommend to my customers that while a unit is still under warranty to use OEM parts just in case there is a warrantable issue. After the warranty period has expired, I have no problem using aftermarket parts.
     
  3. bvillefarm

    bvillefarm LawnSite Member
    Male, from Batesville,IN
    Posts: 25

    I have run into a few aftermarket parts that claim to be same, such as air filters, but do not seal properly when installed.
     
  4. RickyDL77

    RickyDL77 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 431

    we use alot of Oregon parts, only ran into a few issues but never with air, oil, or fuel filters. And their line of replacement parts are pretty extensive.
     
  5. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
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    There is a huge difference in quality in some of the aftermarket air filters. If you wanna go aftermarket I would suggest sticking to Wix or another known brand.

    The easiest one I can tell you is compare a Honda GX160 air filter to a Stens or Oregon or other aftermarket one. HUGE difference in quality.
     
  6. blabarre

    blabarre LawnSite Member
    Posts: 80

    The site I was referring to was provenparts.com. they had my hd canister airfilter for 16.00 on ebay that includes the inner and outter. Thougt that was a pretty good deal if the filter was any good.
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  7. dutch1

    dutch1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Jayhawk
    Posts: 2,231

    I'm with Pugs on this issue. If you're going with aftermarket filters stay with a reputable manufacturer. I prefer Wix myself. Wix makes filters for numerous retail sellers--NAPA and Carquest to name a couple. I buy in quantities when NAPA has their annual farm/industrial filter sale.
     
  8. blabarre

    blabarre LawnSite Member
    Posts: 80

    I will look into getting wix. I know we used them on some of our tractors at my previous job and had no issues
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