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#16 LilysDad ONLINE  

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Posted June 23, 2014 - 07:31 AM

I pretty much shop the local L&G but I tell you, some companies like Toro, Kohler, and Wisconsin really annoy me with they're ridiculous prices for proprietary parts.

 

Case in point; A Wheel Horse stick shift trans: all of the bearings are available from any bearing vendor, except the large roller bearings on the inboard axle. It is only available from Toro and will run you some $70.


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Posted June 23, 2014 - 07:38 AM

I pretty much shop the local L&G but I tell you, some companies like Toro, Kohler, and Wisconsin really annoy me with they're ridiculous prices for proprietary parts.

 

Case in point; A Wheel Horse stick shift trans: all of the bearings are available from any bearing vendor, except the large roller bearings on the inboard axle. It is only available from Toro and will run you some $70.

 

Yes, Wisconsin can be expensive but they also still make and stock parts for their legacy engines that are nearing 60 years old. not many companies can say they do that. I'd rather pay a bit more and have stuff available than have nothing at all IMO

 

 

Who told you the bearings were only available from Toro? I bet I can find them for you without going OEM :D


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Posted June 23, 2014 - 07:43 AM

I was doing my neighbor a favor a few weeks ago by replacing the blown head gasket on his self-propelled mower.

 

B&S OHV engine- only 5 years old.

 

I went to FIVE legitimate mower shops who are all B&S dealers.  ....None of them stocked the head gasket.  ....WTF ???? 

 

I was told 3-7 days to get one.  ....I told my neighbor to order one online.  ....He had it in 2 days!  ....I wish I hadn't wasted my time or gas to drive to 5 different places (4 were out of my way)!!

 

I was shocked that none of these dealers stocked a head gasket for such a common engine, but I guess I got the answer when I saw the posted shop labor rates from $70-$90 per hour.  .....I guess they would just tell a customer it was not worth repairing and sell him a new mower.

 

Sorry to get side-tracked from the original topic!


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Posted June 23, 2014 - 08:33 AM

With my old Sears Suburbans, I can't be to picky about where I get parts. I have found a few parts locally, but these parts are the things that also fit somewhat more modern GTs as well.  Napa has a few things like axle seals and such. Most everything I have gotten were the result of web searches. Ben at Old Paths Equipment  had some of the parts I needed for my recoil starter on my Suburban 10. That is back on and starts first pull from the seat. :thumbs:


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Posted June 23, 2014 - 06:43 PM

Since our local NAPAs are in the city, they rarely even have tractor parts in stock. I turn to the net and find what I need. If I don't need OEM, I shop evilbay or try Amazon. Many parts I get from Parts Tree and my carb parts from Randys engine repair. 

 

I need a starter gear for my little Craftsman right now, son chewed it up this afternoon... guess I will be doing some googling!



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Posted June 25, 2014 - 02:48 PM

I usually get parts from 4 different sources, internet, tsc, the advance auto store next door to where I work, or one local repair shop. There is another shop but I only go there for Ariens parts, I also buy parts machines if i'ts something small.

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Posted June 26, 2014 - 10:37 AM

I tend to shop around.. I usually research the parts,,amazon and flee-bay the prices,,and check for quality.. check a few locals,, bearring shops,,Napa,, TSC,, Then base my opinion on prices + taxes +shipping,,,,  How fast I need the part...

 

Iv'e had cheap bearings from China go out in 6 months on a mower deck... So I'm consiense  on Quality ..in some areas.  I a'm very satisfied with some of our venders on this site,,  They KNOW the quality,,haveing been there done that to their own GTs..

 

I bought blades and things from DR. bolens.. :smilewink:   very good quality.. the ones from a fleet-farm were half the thickness,,and some-what universal..     I'm on a limited budget and shopping around is half the fun.....


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Posted June 26, 2014 - 01:40 PM

Super duper Ben is my new favorite source.



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Posted June 26, 2014 - 02:40 PM

I use Napa cus it's only 1/4 mile away and the price is right and they still look things up in a book-----closest L&G is 5 miles away and the guy is a jerk,has almost nothing in stock and if you can get him to order it you might get it in a week if your lucky,only orders on tuesday--so if you go there on wednsday your order aint  going out until the next tuesday. 

   This guy will sell you a new machine but if you want a head gasket for a B&S your just dirt to him.

But there is shop 3 miles away that sells only Wisconsin engine parts and has everything in stock,I buy all my Wisconsin parts from him and he don't even need the book,looks at your old part and knows what you need----Good customer service and a heck of a nice person.


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Posted June 26, 2014 - 03:03 PM

Does having parts made in the USA matter to anyone?

I try and stock all things possible that are made in the USA because I hate buying stuff from china.

 

How about Shipping? Do the big parts stores charge alot for shipping? I'ts been a long time since I bought from one of the big small engine places online but I remember freight was a joke. It was $17 to ship a small part that could be mailed for $2.00 in an envelope. I try and offer a flat rate of $5.05 on most items and if more than one items are purchased I apply Free Shipping. I try and run my business how I would like to be treated if I was on the Consumer end , the ridiculous "Handling" charge tacked onto shipping always kills me!


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Posted June 26, 2014 - 04:51 PM

Most of mine are from the JD dealer 25 miles away.  What I can get from the local L&G dealer.  ~~  Lowell



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Posted June 26, 2014 - 06:28 PM

 

But there is shop 3 miles away that sells only Wisconsin engine parts and has everything in stock,I buy all my Wisconsin parts from him and he don't even need the book,looks at your old part and knows what you need----Good customer service and a heck of a nice person.

Do you have contact info for him? Will he ship?



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Posted June 26, 2014 - 07:06 PM

Do you have contact info for him? Will he ship?

 

You do know I have dealer status for Wisconsin right? :poke:


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Posted June 26, 2014 - 07:10 PM

No, I didn't. Thanks for telling me.


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Posted June 26, 2014 - 08:01 PM

Does having parts made in the USA matter to anyone?
I try and stock all things possible that are made in the USA because I hate buying stuff from china.

How about Shipping? Do the big parts stores charge alot for shipping? I'ts been a long time since I bought from one of the big small engine places online but I remember freight was a joke. It was $17 to ship a small part that could be mailed for $2.00 in an envelope. I try and offer a flat rate of $5.05 on most items and if more than one items are purchased I apply Free Shipping. I try and run my business how I would like to be treated if I was on the Consumer end , the ridiculous "Handling" charge tacked onto shipping always kills me!



It seems that most of the small engine parts I've bought are made in the USA. I'm sure I've gotten some Chinese stuff without noticing. I'd much prefer USA stuff. But I won't go real far out of my way to do it.

I only WISH auto parts weren't all Chinese. Good luck finding anything but Chinese at auto zone, advanced or Napa.

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