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post #1 of 33 Old 11-04-2018, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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How much to charge?

This lady contacted me on Facebook and wants to know how much I would charge to repair her snowblower. It's a John Deere tractor trs27. I checked it out it needs new belts and needs a new shear pin and a drive disk. What should the charges be? Of course, while I have it I would probably do a kind of overall check up.

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whats your time and shop space worth to you ? dont forget to add in any travel time for parts....and shop supplies. all those squirts of wd are costing you .

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I would estimate 150 plus parts for the work mentioned. That's including pick up and delivery if there close by.

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$50 parts, $200-$250 for labor, complete tuneup plus this stuff $300 plus parts.

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you have to do a full service or else if anything else goes wrong when she uses it it will come back to bite you.

did you already inspect the whole machine? if the belts and disk need replaced it probably needs much more other than common service issues. scraper bar? shoes? cables frayed? rust and corrosion? any cracks in tires or tracks? etc etc.

how much is this machine worth in good running condition? is a $300-400 repair bill warrant these repairs.

just my 2 cents.

( women are more trouble than men when it comes to repairing their blowers ) I didn't say that....don't know where that came from.......honest.

side note; always bid high . 20% more than you think. when you do the repairs and come in 20 % less than your quote , they will be happy.

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Wow. I was thinking something like $75.

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20 min for the belts
5 min for the shear pin
30 min for the drive disk
15 extra min for unforseen issues
parts 60 bucks tops
the machine is not very good quality worth 400 mint



300 labor i would call that a scam myself

100 bucks labor at most



tell her to buy a new machine
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20 min for the belts
5 min for the shear pin
30 min for the drive disk
15 extra min for unforseen issues
parts 60 bucks tops
the machine is not very good quality worth 400 mint



300 labor i would call that a scam myself

100 bucks labor at most



tell her to buy a new machine
Yeh. Not crazy about Murray/Deere stuff but her buying a different machine isn't going to happen. IF..... I do do these repairs I am going to make it very clear to her that I am not responsible for anything else going wrong. I already told her that this was one of the machines that helped put Deere out of the homeowner snowblower business. It did start right up and ran well. I tried the electric starter and it operates too. Oil is clean. Was changed last year and only was run once.
If I do it I will probably charge her 80-100 bucks.
I just thought of something. I know where she ordinarily takes it for service. I'll call them and tell them what kind of machine and ask for estimate on parts/labor and go from there.

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Wow. I was thinking something like $75.

For an hour or so of TLC you are probably being realistic. It sounds like you are not a bona-fide shop. To me she's hiring a handyman to tinker, there is no warranty, it's a best effort type of deal. Your not promising that anything will last forever or even a storm.


The other side of the knife is that should something bad happen with the machine and you touched it you could be on the hook and lacking liability coverage you could be in a bad spot.


Sometimes reality stinks.


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$300 labor and parts.
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