We have a few Lawn and Garden shops around here.
One that is so expensive, I'd rather wait for parts to come in the mail. (usually have to order and wait on them anyway) Last parts I bought from them cost double what I could have bought on E-bay with free shipping.
One who's shop is worse than my garage. Parts/mowers everywhere. He usually has customers waiting in line. (he must be good) He can get anything, but he always gives me that "what/why did you do that/want that for?"
One who's around the corner, been in business for years. Usually has what I need, willing to listen and offer advice. If he dosen't have or can't get the part I need, usually tells me where to get it. (one of the other local shops)
And a couple of more that are just to far away.
Which one do you think I visit?
I've learned that if number three doesn't have it; google it first. As it will have to be ordered and waited on anyway.
Bearings and seals: Local Motion Industry store, best price and usually have in stock.
Belts and hoses: Local mom and pop place. Always have the belt I need for less than auto parts place, Farm and Country, or TSC. They make hoses while you wait.
I've also bought from our site sponsers.
Oh, BTW, Local True Value (used to be an ACE Hardware.) They have all kinds of small stuff: bushings, tie rod ends, pulleys, nuts and bolts; you name it.
Edited by Bmerf, July 01, 2014 - 11:05 AM.