How To Save Money on Repairs
Dec 18, 2016
Everybody is searching for ways to save money on repairs this winter. Here are several suggestions to reduce labor bills. They may seem simple and obvious, but you'd be surprised how often these "options" add to repair bills:
-If it's a chore tractor, remove the loader before it goes to the shop. Any serious engine or transmission work will require it's removal, so you'll save money if you send a "naked" tractor. The only time that's not true is if the repairs are related to the way the loader and tractor work together.
-If it's a field tractor, remove any extra components associated with the area that will be repaired. For example, if the 3-point hitch frame or dual wheels or front weights have to come off for the necessary repairs, you'll pay the mechanic for the time he spends removing those items--and for re-installing them after repairs are complete. If you're willing to do the heavy lifting it will save you money.
-Clean the machine. I can't count the hours of time I've spent, or seen other mechanics spend, in our washbay using a power washer to clean mud, grease, manure or field debris from a machine before we could start repairs. The hour or two spent cleaning the machine at home is an hour or two less labor on the repair bill.
-The opposite of removing things from equipment to save time during repairs is to be sure the machine has everything it needs for full diagnosis and repairs. Planters and sprayers in particular often need their controllers handy during repairs. When in doubt about what to take off or leave installed on a machine before repairs, ask the mechanic who will be doing the work.