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Do you wrench on your own stuff or pay a dealer to do the work?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by South Florida Lawns, May 16, 2005.

  1. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    Just wondering as i do most of the work on my machines, Its also nice to have two friends that are heavy equipment mechanics for Caterpillar they are fast at trouble shooting and installing new parts plus they have all kinds of tools.
  2. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    I do alot of my own work if it's not under warranty. Im not about to pay a dealer 50 an hour to so maintenance or even a simple carb rebuild. Working part time for a dealer really has its perks :) I take my saw chains in tho. 3 bucks and they come out like razors. I take all my sharpening in for the most part due to the fact I dont have a balancer.
  3. Equipguy

    Equipguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    Unless is warranty we do the work.
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Not going to be a jack of all trades and a master of none...except for normal maintenance, machines go to the dealer.
  5. Mike TMI

    Mike TMI LawnSite Member
    Messages: 89

    We have multiple dealers in the area and I have used them all...but now one of the guys went out on his own and has a service van....he comes to me and only charges 10.00 more per hour.....
  6. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,852

    Always do maintenance myself. If its not under warrenty, 90% fix it myself. If its something I not sure on, I'm such a good customer at the local dealer, he basically just tells me how to fix it anyways.
  7. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    I always take my machines to the dealer for repair. I dont have the time or the patients to tinker with it myself. Net exactly what I want to be doing on my free time.
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,448

    I do the majority of repairs, it is practically impossible to depend on dealer to get stuff out fast. We have backup units that we press in service as needed. I have 4 spare trimmers and 3 blowers sitting in my shop waiting for any breakdown. As your equipment get older it can be a MAJOR cost to let dealer do all the repair. I also buy a lot of used parts from my dealer to get stuff going because new parts are expensive. A used muffler for my 15HP Kohler was $20 today, and new it is over $50.
  9. Lawn Wolf

    Lawn Wolf LawnSite Member
    from 77090
    Messages: 116

    I take care of it myself. I use to work as a mechanic similar parts on mowers except smaller. Plus I don't take a chance on the dealer selling me on repairs that's not needed. What happens behind close doors stays behind close doors and there goes your wallet.
  10. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    When something is broke i would like someone who knows something about how to fix it doing the work, and I would like it done within a week or 2. So, I do it all myself.

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