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Stock up or in a Jam?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LandscaperPro, Feb 3, 2007.

  1. LandscaperPro

    LandscaperPro Sponsor
    Messages: 461

    What is your philosophy regarding parts and supplies i.e. filters, blades, trimmer line? Do you generally stock up toward the beginning of the year? Or do you wait until you need an item before purchasing?

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  2. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,281

    I only stock up on things that I know will be used right away. trimmer line, 2cycle mix, motor oil...etc. maybe blades, but I usually have 3 sets per machine anyway. Other parts are so common that it really doesn't make sense to stock up on them.

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,134

    napa is only 5 min from my house and i can have most things that day if not the next
  4. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    Just like stated above, I just keep string, spark plugs, oil, Stabil & that kind of stuff on the shelf. If I need more, I go get it.
  5. paolaken

    paolaken LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 699

    i keep deck bearings, spindles and pulleys etc. i can usually fix most items right then and be back up and rolling.
  6. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,988

    I'm a packrat. I like to stock up on things.

    I'm a mechanic by trade, so I can fix most of the stuff myself. Only helps to have stuff on hand if I need it to reduce downtime.
  7. Tadams

    Tadams LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 787

    I keep blades, two stroke oil, fuel filters, fuel line,edger blade, chain saw chains, starter rope, trimmer spools, and trimmer line on hand. Everything else I can get local when something needs to be done.
  8. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,711

    i do like most above except have most common snapper parts on hand as something is always breaking on them. i always keep an extra trans belt for my toro walk behinds too. lesco is only 1 mile from my house but my toro dealer is a 30 mile round trip. i can get everything local except i get my robin and lawnboy parts via mail. mauryama parts i cant get at all anymore!
  9. double e lawncare

    double e lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    We buy from J-Thomas Dist.- from April to Sept. my foreman has authority to spend $200 a month. So at the end of month if we only need $50 in parts, we stock up on $150 worth.
    We really stock up on Stihl trimmer parts. Mowers- blades, spindles, belts, bearings, filters, etc.
  10. chuck bow

    chuck bow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 701

    I have 2 of such things as in belts pullys filters blades ect so if i break i dont have to run to dealer or if its raining i can work on the machines and never have to leave the shop . Besides since my old dealer lost the scag line the new dealer never has much in stock , i dont want to have to wait till the next day to get a Damn belt or filter

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