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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-27-2019, 10:47 AM
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You folks gave great advice, now my two cents, In my neck of the woods (NY) the going rate is $70 (low) ($90) high. I can afford it but I do not like to pay for things I can do myself. I believe I have accumulated three of everything over the years so nothing is a must fix today. After a little tutoring from a neighbor and a lot of youtube videos. I can now do many common repairs. (compression check, plug, clean carb, check coil). It is rewarding (to me) getting an old mower sitting for years running again. I am hardly a millenial but I purchase all my parts on line. One example, Honda air filter from Tractor Supply $18, On Ebay I get air filter, fuel filter and plug w/ship for $8. But, if you choose not to do it yourself, the shops need to charge these rates to stay afloat.
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Here in central NJ, repair shop rates are about $80 to a high of $99 at a John Deere dealership.

Air filters and fuel filter prices are potentially very tricky. You can always get a cheaper version, but are they 'less expensive' for the same quality or just 'cheap' versions. I have not bee able to figure that out.

The manufacturers sure charge extra for higher end components such as these. Sometimes just the size of an air cleaner, for instance being much larger on Kohler PRO and Briggs VANGUARD commercial grade engines, seems to explain at least in part the additional cost.
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Here in central NJ, repair shop rates are about $80 to a high of $99 at a John Deere dealership.

Air filters and fuel filter prices are potentially very tricky. You can always get a cheaper version, but are they 'less expensive' for the same quality or just 'cheap' versions. I have not bee able to figure that out.

The manufacturers sure charge extra for higher end components such as these. Sometimes just the size of an air cleaner, for instance being much larger on Kohler PRO and Briggs VANGUARD commercial grade engines, seems to explain at least in part the additional cost.

I should have added: One repair shop which remains open has been backlogged all year with repair work. Several repair shops in the area have closed so if you think these guys are getting rich, it doesn't appear that way to me. When you close a business instead of selling it, at least on paper, it's unlikely to be very profitable. I know two shops in the area are always looking for experienced technicians....and likely that's a factor in what consumers see as 'sky high repair rates'.
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