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Home Depot has it's uses

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by BaxtersEssentialLawnCare, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. BaxtersEssentialLawnCare

    BaxtersEssentialLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 297

    Went to Hd to get some lubmer, and I always go to the mark down spot in the garden center. Usually nothing good but I always check anyway. So I find in the mix of junk a new srm 225. Said right on it nothing wrong, customer didn't like. It was brand new. Got it for 169.66 regular 219.99. Not saying that I'm getting all my stuff there but I got a brand new decent trimmer that I will keep as a backup. So with all the hd bashing I just wanted to say sometimes they are good for something.
  2. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    went into lowes right after the hurican/tropical storm, needed to pick up a couple replacemen handles for brooms. Saw that they were pretty cleaned out of all there chainsaws due to everyone cleaning up there yards. All they had left were saws that had been picked over for parts. I picked up a 455 husky that was missing the chain and the gas and oil caps, and a 460 husky missing the sparkplug, gas cap, bar and chain, each saw I talked then into selling for $99 each. I know these aren't as good quailty huskys as i would get from a dealer but for the money I was able to rebuild them with spare parts in the shop. I'll just keep them up on a shelf for when one of my saws are done and I need an extra. So can't complain about $850-$900 worth of saws for $200. The biggest thing I get cheap at homedepot are customers. I've been standing in the isles and herd people asking questions and have stepped up and offered answers when the employees had no clue. I have landed an irrigation install, repairs, lighting job, and fert from this
  3. JimmyTheGlove

    JimmyTheGlove LawnSite Member
    Messages: 84

    What a steal on those saws. I've been thinking about how nice it would be to have a spare to use for parts.
    As far as saws go, is Husky a pretty good name? I need to break free of my electric chain saw and get something I can take up into a tree.
  4. Krakatau42

    Krakatau42 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    Home Depot's clearance section is always worth checking out. They sell returned items at a huge discount, but the best part is they still honor the 90 day return policy and warranties. A lot easier to take a leap of faith on something when it comes with three months of test driving.
  5. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    I prefer Husky over Stihl, between the two of them its mostly a preference thing and people usually prefer one over the other, same as ford vs chevy. But the Huskys you buy at HD/Lowes or any other box stores and most websites are completly different than the ones you can buy from an uthorized deer. The ones I used most often come from a dealer, this chep ones will just sit on the shelf and only go out if I need to use 4 or 5 saws on the same job or as a backup when one of the others go down
  6. Hawkshot99

    Hawkshot99 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,431

    I know that the Echos trimmers, and Husky blowers that i have are identical at Hope Depot/Lowes as they are at a dealer. The dealer will usually have higher end models though.

    I have a Husky 150BT backpack blower I got at Lowes on sale. It is IDENTICAL to the same blower at my local dealer. Same name, same engine, and stats, but it was on sale.
  7. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    up to a few years ago the ones build for dealers and box stores were built in completely different factories with different internal parts, model numbers would be the same, only way you could tell with out pulling them apart was by the serial number. I remember the carborators were completely different between the two
  8. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,142

    My dealer and husky rep both told me that they are the exact same saw....bought a 455 rancher recon from my dealer and he said they were more than likely returns from lowes. people cant figure out how to start them or something and return them....there was an open house and the rep was there, i said what you said about the quality. they said there is absolutely no difference. I was at the dealer, it would be in there best interest to tell me otherwise.
  9. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    Things must have changed, I know back when I was working for a dealer back around 99-02 that was the case. It would make alot more sense cost wise to just produce it to the same standards.

    Either way I would still prefer and recomend to buy from a dealer simply because of dealer support for repairs.
  10. BaxtersEssentialLawnCare

    BaxtersEssentialLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 297

    I'm defenitaly not saying to buy everything from a box store. I prefer my dealer, but if a good deal shows up why not. He'll still get my repair $ and big stuff.

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