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PVC Pipe Cutter at Lowe's

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DFW Area Landscaper, Feb 19, 2005.

  1. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 2,116

    I am in the process of purchasing trailers and equipment for two new crews this spring. I always carry a piece of 1/2" PVC & 3/4" PVC, various risers, elbows, primer, glue, and adjustable spray heads...just in case we knock off a sprinkler head...we can fix it on the spot.

    Well, I was in Lowe's this afternoon. Can't believe it.

    A replacement blade for a PVC pipe cutter is $10.xx. A new PVC pipe cutter is...get this...$29.95!!!! :mad:

    I found some on ebay for about $5 each if I buy five at a time. Is Lowe's insane or what?

    What are others paying for PVC pipe cutters around the country?

    DFW Area Landscaper
  2. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 989

    Not to be rude, but are you a licensed Landscape Irrigator in Texas?
    If you are, great. If you are not, don't get caught doing your own repairs.
    Big trouble, bigger fines.
    As far as pipe cutters, invest in a professional plumbers compound shears.
    Yes they are expensive at first-but I have two pairs that have lasted for over 1000 cuts and are still going strong.
    The cheapies at the box stores don't even last one install.
  3. Jackman

    Jackman LawnSite Member
    from Zone
    Posts: 231

    Why not just use a hacksaw and clean the edge with a flat file, it would take minamal time and work.....
  4. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 2,116

    Good idea with the hack saw blade. I mean, my crews might bust 10 sprinkler heads all year. I just couldn't believe THIRTY bucks for a friggin' pipe cutter.

    I gotta start watching prices at the giant hardware stores...lowes and home depot. They've run Ace hardware out of business in my community and with the exception of a small lumber yard (84 Lumber), they're the only game in town.

    I bought a box knife at Lowe's for like $8.99 or something. Lost it. Went to Wal-mart for a new one. $3.49.

    These two retailers are out of control. And Home Depot is generally even more expensive.

    DFW Area Landscaper
  5. Jackman

    Jackman LawnSite Member
    from Zone
    Posts: 231

    Heres a price joke I found, I went to my local big chain auto parts store to buy the D.O.T required refective tape and paid 25 dollars for (5) 12" strips which was enough to make the trailer legal but I still had another trailer and 2 trucks to do so I shopped around and found the exact same strips at Walmart for 8 dollars and change..... What a comparison auto store 100 dollars to do all vehicles or Walmart 32 dollars for the exact same product....
  6. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 2,116

    Yes. AutoZone is out of control too. All the Napas are slowly going under and the old mom and pops have been gone for a long time in my area. For auto parts, I've got dealerships, Autozone, Napa and O'Reily. That's it.

    Walmart taught america a bad lesson. They've run so many of their competitors out of business, yet they're not gouging consumers with higher prices. But Lowe's, Home Depot and AutoZone aren't playing that game. They're running their competitors out of business and charging everything they can.

    DFW Area Landscaper
  7. aries

    aries LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Posts: 334

    The big chain stores buy in bulk and the manufactures make products just for them! which is usually a cheaper grade just check some of the power tools they have and compare the model numbers with reputable power tool sales company you will find a diff, I bought a sawzall about 6 years ago at homecheapo! about a month after use the head broke I took it to get repaired the guy told me that they make this type only for them and could not get the parts needed to repair it so 150 bucks later in the dumpster it went!
  8. Gautreaux's LNG

    Gautreaux's LNG LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 379

    Maybe Wal-Mart should try the lawn care business!

    Just think how much they could make? Buying Exmarks 2500 at a time, Stihl Trimmers 5000 at a time, Ford Truck 1500 at a time, They would save a FORTUNE on equiupment, hire a couple thousand H2B employees and BAM!... They can cut that $45.00 yard for $25.00.... and still turn a profit!

    The Wal-Martization of America!!!
  9. turftammer

    turftammer LawnSite Member
    Posts: 99

    take swd's advice buy a good set I have a rigid pvc cutter and have had it for about 5 years and haven't replaced the blade yet
  10. gramps

    gramps LawnSite Member
    Posts: 241

    must need money bad in texas.irrigator lic. :laugh:

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