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Sticker shock at dealership

I picked up a new scraper bar for my Grandmother's snowblower at lunch today and almost hit the floor when they told me it was going to be $61! I know most things cost more at the dealership, and I'm ok with that but I thought that was ridiculous. And it's also not reversible.

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Isnít that just a flat piece of steel with a few holes in it? Havenít looked at the one on my snow blower yet, but I have made a bunch for snowplows. $61 does seem high for something like that.
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That is exactly what it is. I bought the one today, because it was needed and I wonít have the time to machine any for a couple of weeks, but Iím planning on making 20 or so of my own that are going to be reversible.

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Just looked at the one on my Ariens and it is more than just a flat piece of steel. The ends are turned up at a 90 to mount to the sides and the back edge is rolled up a little. I will have to take it off at the end of the season and see about copying it.
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I picked up a new scraper bar for my Grandmother's snowblower at lunch today and almost hit the floor when they told me it was going to be $61! I know most things cost more at the dealership, and I'm ok with that but I thought that was ridiculous. And it's also not reversible.

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what you can do is adjust the skid shoes so that your not scraping the ground real hard, Leave a 1/8 "or 1/16" gap between the ground and the scraper bar. As mentioned before you can get steel stock pretty cheap and cut your own
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what you can do is adjust the skid shoes so that your not scraping the ground real hard, Leave a 1/8 "or 1/16" gap between the ground and the scraper bar. As mentioned before you can get steel stock pretty cheap and cut your own

Grandpa alway ran the scraper all the way down to leave the driveway really clean, so that's the way Grandma wants it done now. The current scraper is wore heavier on the right hand side than the left so I can't get even contact across the entire scraper.

I run my own at 1/8" up to save the wear on it.

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Next time check with a different dealer.
I just put a new one on my old Dayton/MTD and it was $21.
I was quoted that price at two places, one Toro repair facility that didn't have it in stock and a John Deere repair facility that did.
Both shops work on brands other than just those they sell.

FWIW, mine is not just a flat piece of steel. It has a bend in it and the holes are square to keep the shoulder bolts from turning when you tighten them. Not as easy and cheap to make as it sounds.

Certainly doesn't justify a $61 price, though.

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Same with mine, it also has a little "hip" in it, with the square holes for the carriage bolts, cost me $13 at the same dealership. After seeing the one on my Grandma's snow blower I didn't even think to ask the price when I called to order it.

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Same with mine, it also has a little "hip" in it, with the square holes for the carriage bolts, cost me $13 at the same dealership. After seeing the one on my Grandma's snow blower I didn't even think to ask the price when I called to order it.

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Since the dealer didn't rip your head off when you purchased yours, maybe they made a mistake in the pricing of the second one.
You might mention to them the discrepancy in the price of the two items.

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Since the dealer didn't rip your head off when you purchased yours, maybe they made a mistake in the pricing of the second one.
You might mention to them the discrepancy in the price of the two items.
Already did that, I also check a couple of online stores when I got back to work this afternoon too. The price they charged isn't much higher than the internet prices for the same part number.

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