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Repair Cost and Repair Questions

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by 2-Cycle Mix Stix, Mar 14, 2006.

  1. 2-Cycle Mix Stix

    2-Cycle Mix Stix LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    I have a couple of repair questions:

    * On Average - How much does it cost to fix a blown 2 stroke motor?
    * In a perfect, no subterfuge world, how long would it take to repair?
    * Is there a major [time difference] to repair the differnent types of equip?
    * I know you can blow a 2-stroke motor by feeding it straight gas, if you feed a lawn mower - mixed, does it have an ill effect or are they bullet proof?

    I know the variables can be staggering, but all I'm looking for are some ballbark numbers.

    The Goal: I am attempting to estimate the cost of down-time related to equipment repair in an institutional setting.

    Thanks for you time.
    Kipp Mathews
  2. CAG

    CAG LawnSite Senior Member
    from ct
    Messages: 344

    if you blow a trimmer blower ect.. you could buy another and use it for a parts machine.. IMO it not worth it to rebuild.. I have sized motors and use some mystery oil and unseized them.. they do blow up like a car motor.. don't give a 4 stroke mix gas it will smoke a lot..
  3. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,004

    ive used mix in 4 cycle engines. no smoke at all. dont hurt em either. do some searching on here.

    TURFLORD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 834

    Asking us is a waste of time. You need to ask a parts dealer how much the parts cost and then you'll have a good idea of a comparative cost ratio of replace/repair. Except for chain saws, 2-strokes are relatively disposable.
  5. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    Save it for the spare parts and move onto another unit. The amount of time you spend driving to order the parts, picking up the parts, attempting to repair it only for something else to go wrong later in the year....replace it with new.

    200-300 will get you one that lasts a few years...at least that's my finding. I don't mess around with trimmers, they take too much of a beating.

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