Honda Tune-up

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by toddco, Mar 27, 2001.

  1. toddco

    toddco LawnSite Member
    from Seattle
    Posts: 56

    My local dealer wants $60 + 3 weeks to tune-up my 21” Honda hydrostatic mower.
    1. Oil change
    2. New sparkplug
    3. New air filter
    4. Sharpen blade

    I can do this in 30 minutes. My questions:
    A. Can I set the throttle adjustment if I don’t have a tool to measure engine speed?
    B. Do I need to adjust anything on the hydro system?
    C. What else am I missing? For what they charge they must be doing something magical. (grin)
     
  2. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,937

    He probably charges $60/hr and his minimum is 1 hr. Yes, just buy a Tiny Tach (or similar brand) and set the rpm's yourself.

    This is where doing your own work can save you A LOT of $.

     
  3. BIG D

    BIG D LawnSite Member
    Posts: 42

    This is a very fair charge but not a good turn around. If you are in the commercial business and its something you cant fix. Can he get you out quicker. I cant imaging keeping one of my commercial customers waiting that long. I would have a stroke or heart attack with all the negetive calls. I am sure its not just a plug and filter. If the carb needs cleaning he should clean it. If the cables need adjusting, he should adjust them. If the governor needs adjusting he should adjust them. I would check around and shop your business. If you bought your equipment from him and you are commercial there is no way I would do business with him. I am not the normal dealer in this category so my standards might be high but I am overnight on commercial and one week on residencial depending on parts. I used to mow lawns like you and the store I bought I had brought an engine to. I didnt need it real bad but when an employee changed the oil in it and never put more in I needed it very bad. I called them the next day hoping it was done (one week later). The guy that owned it said they decided they didnt want to work on it. So when I bought them out I vowed never to run a service shop like that. Hope this helps. Good luck
     

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