Deere up'ed the price on ALL of their parts, like 1000% even on the old stuff a couple years ago, so now I get everything online, or get the part # and go to my local NAPA, it takes about the same amount of time but I save 1000's vs messing with the stealership. The worst thing is having the dealer that sold your machine new, still sells the same make, lie and tell you its a "grey market machine" so parts are hard to find and going to be more expensive... news flash a JD 490E is IDENTICLE to an Hitachi ex120 except the motor, and the operator seat.
The Cat Dealer around here is expensive, but not real bad, however they also have parts guys that know how to look up parts WITHOUT a serial number.
Skeans & I had a doscjssion a while back about Cat and why he won’t buy anything from them again, but to shoot straight with you, there aren’t many other companies that can back their product like them through a dealer network. Period. It’s hard to get away from that, and their parts are in line with the other makes and models. Mind, I say back as in you can get a full D9 final drive overnighted from Seattle to Amaknak Island, not that they’ll fix your stuff for free after it’s out of warranty or they fix damage you did as a warranty claim. That’s not how that works.
Ron, I was in Cat’s largest skid steer today. It was the lower horsepower option of the machine I told that softdown guy to buy and, well, you know how that went. I like the 299, it has some nice geatures compared to its competetors.
Granite Rock (GRC) does our maintenance as a donation. I was at the quarry a few weeks ago where they had a quite new D11 and a 988 (I think) also new both with the motors sitting on the ground next to them. Both were under warranty. Cat was not happy.
Geez, that’s a lot of engine there. D11s are monsters-more dozer than I’m comfortable on, for sure. I’ve only been on one 988, it was an old F model, the largest wheel loader I’ve been o