Was I Raped by this repair bill?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by HenryB, Feb 4, 2006.

  1. HenryB

    HenryB LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,844

    I'm a little mad to say the least about this bill. I was curious what others thought of this price?

    Hydro general service:Change spark plugs, oil, air filter, fuel filter,hydro filter, check and adjust carb ,tire pressure and grease.

    Materials used: Oil, spark plugs, air filter, oil filter, fuel filter, hydro belt, engine to deck belt and (1) spring.

    The machine is an Exmark Turf Tracer Walk Behind 20hp Kohler.
    The grand total is $465.09.

    What do you guys think?

    JSMLAWNCARE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 137

    That sound to me like it is double of what it should be. Just making a guess it would cost about $100 - $150 to do that your self
  3. Tadams

    Tadams LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 787

    Did you get kissed? Any lube?

    All those things that they did are easy maintenance tasks that you can do yourself. The only money that you should have in it was the parts and about and hour- maybe hour & a half.
  4. BobR

    BobR LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 714

    OUCH - Well at least you have a nice 'maintenance' tax write off. As said previously YOU could have done most if not all of those items yourself and if you are a bit mechanically challenged you could have read your instruction manual where most maintenance procedures are outlined.

    Lesson Learned - use the dealer for the SERIOUS STUFF.

  5. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Messages: 2,419

    Do you cut grass, trim hedges, weed eat for free?

    Also, you didn't break that down.

    Let's see..

    hydro belt, about $17
    deck drive belt, about $22
    fuel filter, about $7
    Oil, probably around $7
    spark plugs, probably around $6
    air filter, probably around $15, or is that the high capacity one?
    oil filter, probably around $9
    hydro filter (i assume this was done too) $17
    (1) spring (you didn't specify which one)
    grease, unknown amount, usually falls under "shop supplies"

    time to remove and adjust carb.

    Hmm.. does it break the labor down? Cause that does still seem like alot

    CHRIS MELROSE LawnSite Member
    from MIDWEST
    Messages: 170

    How are the bandages on your ankles doing?
  7. G.M.Landscaping

    G.M.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 939

    $150 in parts leaves $315 in labor. 315/ $45 an hour labor = 7 hrs.
    Should only take 2 hrs max for any good mechanic=$90.

    Yea ,sounds like you got taken.
  8. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    :nono: raped ain't the word for it...more like martinized, as in taken to the proverbial cleaners IMO.
  9. Remsen1

    Remsen1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    Wow! I'm in the wrong business! That would have costed me about $125 and would have taken around 2 hours.
  10. echovalley

    echovalley LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 91

    In this business you need to be able to repair and service minor things on your equipment.You could have done it yourself for about $85.00.But hey live and learn

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