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It pays to shop around for parts

Postby Bill Hudson » Thu Jun 16, 2022 5:43 pm

A friend has a 154 and since I solved his rear seal leak problem (a $300+ repair only worked for a month or two), I have become his first call when something is amiss.

He called Tuesday to tell me one of the tie rod ends gave out. Internet search for part number 529431R1 gave some interesting results $73.75/ea (from a reputable Red Power Magazine advertiser) to 4@$12.97/ea. includes free shipping. I'm going to order the 4, since the one let go it is reasonable to anticipate the others to need replacing. This is the original owner and I'm assuming the original tie rod ends.

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Re: It pays to shop around for parts

Postby Rick Spivey » Thu Jun 16, 2022 6:41 pm

I've also seen great disparity on tractor part prices (and cars as well). Sometimes the difference is foreign made to lesser quality standards with lesser quality material, versus high quality. This is especially true on car parts. But on tractor parts sometimes the only difference is the seller'; both parts likely came from the same source. So it does pay to check multiple sites, and try to determine the origin as well.
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Re: It pays to shop around for parts

Postby Duner » Thu Jun 16, 2022 6:58 pm

MaMaster Carr #6058K271 $8.48 each. Mine are in use for 6 years and seem to be ok.
Can't attest to quality compared to OEM. I do know they are not all made to the same quality.

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Re: It pays to shop around for parts

Postby Gary Dotson » Fri Jun 17, 2022 7:56 am

It’s true that it can be difficult to de sure of the quality you will receive but I don’t believe I’ve ever been disappointed by the quality I’ve received from McMaster Carr. When I place an order with them, it’s usually something obscure that I can’t find locally. And it arrives the next day!


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