What is the labor rate at your dealers?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by STL Cuts, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. STL Cuts

    STL Cuts LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 493

    Just curious what the labor rates are across the country.

    I went into a dealer around here today and there was a sign on the door saying that the labor rate had increased to $85 an hour!!! I thought this was a little steep (luckily I just needed a part). If I recall right last year the norm in STL was about $60-$65 an hour, that's why the $85 was quite a surprise. They are a great dealership, and I'm in no way bashing them, just curious.
  2. mowerknower

    mowerknower LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    Our shop is 95/hour. The hourly rate is not as important as how fast/good/efficiant the techs are. 95 bucks for one hour is better than 75 for 1.5 hours
  3. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,096

    I hope your shop is air conditioned, nobody will work fast in this heat.
  4. Hawg City Lawns

    Hawg City Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,070

    $53 per hour
  5. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    That's why I would never bring hand held to the shop. Easily over $100 out the door. I'll fix everything on my own. They are not that hard to fix!!! A set of good metric ranch and some cheap tools can fix a lot of the stuff already.

    That is the reason I don't go out of my way to buy from dealers. Unless you have a good dealer, they can cheat you by denying warrante, always find a reason why it is not cover.
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Gosh I thought mine was outrageous at 60.

    Same, I'd rather spend two hours fixing it myself than pay one hour of labor,
    especially since I don't have to leave the house for that.
  7. Weekendwrench

    Weekendwrench LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Messages: 35

    Me and my buddy were just talking about this. I just had to fix a suck valve on my 19 kaw motor last night and we were talking about how much a dealer would have charged me to do the work. I still say tools are a better investment than repair bills. This is off topic, but has this ever happen to anyone else? Stuck open exhaust valve ?
  8. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    funny how you guys ***** about hourly rates when your charging the same to mow lawns and you dont have the overhead of a big shop. :rolleyes:
  9. B Gillespie

    B Gillespie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    Local rates for JD is $100, Ford, Chevy, and Toyota are $100. Bobcat/Stihl dealer is $75.
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  10. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,096

    It always looks different from the other side of the fence, my dealer is at $70.00 per hr. to answer the original thread question.

    How is your surgery recuperation process coming along?

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