mower servicing

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by grassmasterswilson, May 2, 2011.

  1. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Posts: 4,513

    Do you guys take your mowers to your dealer before the start of the year for a complete servicing? I've never done it, but i spoke with a competetor who swears by it. I've always just changed the filter/oil, replaced belts when needed, and checked air filter. Only carry my machine to the dealer when it breaks and it is something i can't/don't want to fix.

    What does everyone do? What do you get when you take it?
     
  2. rcslawncare

    rcslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,684

    Ill let mine go for warranty work, but I try to do anything I can at home. Most stuff isn't hard and stuff that seems hard isn't with a little patience. Routine stuff on a commercial mower takes me under an hour to do, change oil, check air filter, grease all fittings and sharpen blades. I tend to think I care more about my machine then they do, so I always make sure it has the best of everything.
     
  3. Will P.C.

    Will P.C. LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 965

    I do it myself. Just remember to grease the zerks.


    If it covered under warranty, they can do it.
     
  4. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    i do everything i can myself. if there's something broken or i can't do myself then i'll take it to the dealer.

    but the once a year oil change is easy and greasing when needed can be done yourself as well as cleaning the air filter and whatever other maintenance your mower requires.

    most of the stuff your mower maintenance schedule has you do is pretty easy.
     
  5. we do all our own work to them.
     
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,654

    Yes, but as a last resort only.
     
  7. TJSTONE

    TJSTONE LawnSite Member
    Posts: 23

    I do 90 percent of my own work. I took both of mine to the shop this spring for carb work.
     
  8. Flatop

    Flatop LawnSite Member
    Posts: 236

    I do all the maintenance myself. The price for hourly work at the local commercial lawn dealer has gone up to $65.00 an hour.
     
  9. Greyst1

    Greyst1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 897

    I take mine to the dealer to show them how to do preventive maintenance.....
     
  10. Hell on Blades

    Hell on Blades LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 513

    I do all my maintenance myself. However, I do like to have the shop look at it once a year-- I normally get it taken care of while its there for something else.
     

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