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Outdoor power equipment discussions. Questions on commercial lawn mowers, lawn mower, mower parts, lawn tractors, engines, edgers, trimmers, pole saws, aerators, hydro seeders, snow plows, chain saws, stump grinders, trucks and trailers?
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look I can't talk for Turf &Tree and I know he is right now relaxing on a beach down south somewhere.
But I do believe he was only being a nice guy to a fellow member.
I have been working for the last 19 hours straight with 5 hours sleep and then back out again.
I am tried cold and cranky.
You got to do what ya got to do and I must do what I must do.
I think that makes sense.
good night I off to bed again.
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look I can't talk for Turf &Tree and I know he is right now relaxing on a beach down south somewhere.
But I do believe he was only being a nice guy to a fellow member.
I have been working for the last 19 hours straight with 5 hours sleep and then back out again.
I am tried cold and cranky.
You got to do what ya got to do and I must do what I must do.
I think that makes sense.
good night I off to bed again.
Good night, Brother, get some sleep. You deserve it.
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All good points.
I was thinking while I was out clearing snow again today why is it i can get a muffler for $11.00 plus like $10.00 postage so total $31.00 but the B/S authorized Dealer up here wanted $75.00 for the same muffler ?????? talk about your mark up
here let me try to answer your questions the best I can.

first off he is selling you an after market part not an OEM.
second you are talking USD and I can assure you that it will most likely be more then $10 postage.
3rd I agree with you on part of this as my list price is $20.95 for that part from Briggs, apparently I need to open a shop in Canada. Unless the import tax is that high.
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I was kind of shocked to wake up to this!
To superior power, I should not be explaining myself but here goes. Like yourself I have invested a lot of time and money in both of my businesses. Landscaping and equipment repair. I know both of my markets very well. On the repair side I am EETC certified in 2and 4 stroke engines and soon will be a Honda master tech. On the landscape side I have a 4 year degree in horticulture and landscape design from Ohio State. I have just as much knowledge if not more than you do.
1) My mower repair business was started so I could buy parts cheaply for my landscape business.
2) I wanted to learn how to fix my own machinery instead of getting HOSED by my local repair shop like I was for so long. For instance $ 175.00 to install a belt that took them 20 minutes. Another example is a carb on a Honda engine for a lawn edger I waited 3 months for. That I was charged for and should have been warranty.
You don't know me nor do you know Ducke. In the nicer forums we sometimes HBO or Help A Brother Out!
I understand you wanting to promote your company on here but chill out. I do not do this for everybody. Ducke had a rough patch a while back, and I thought I could help him out with this, it also seems like he does not have many options for parts in his area.
I also maintain a huge inventory and can get parts overnight. As far as shipping you should look at Rotary Corp. free shipping with orders over $ 100.
So now I do all kinds of work on my homeowners machines and some for about 10 local landscapers. $ 35.00 per hour labor rate for repairs and $ 50.00 per hour for landscaping.
I hope this helps explaining what I did, if not you might want to join the Pers forum.
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I know both of my markets very well. On the repair side I am EETC certified in 2and 4 stroke engines and soon will be a Honda master tech. On the landscape side I have a 4 year degree in horticulture and landscape design from Ohio State. I have just as much knowledge if not more than you do.
how can you keep a quality mechanic at $35 an hour and pay them threw the winter, and be certified to work on all of the engine brands.

Also I did not think you could get Master Tech certified on Honda for at least another year, most likely 2 or 3 before they release that test. My understanding is that the test has not be finalized yet. And I am sure it will be much harder then the EETC test, I took that recently and will not even list it here as I was embarrassed by the difficulty of the exam.
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how can you keep a quality mechanic at $35 an hour and pay them threw the winter, and be certified to work on all of the engine brands.

Also I did not think you could get Master Tech certified on Honda for at least another year, most likely 2 or 3 before they release that test. My understanding is that the test has not be finalized yet. And I am sure it will be much harder then the EETC test, I took that recently and will not even list it here as I was embarrassed by the difficulty of the exam.
Agreed 100%. If you really are a Honda dealer and have access to their training, then you might know the availability of their Master Technician certification.
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