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In-house repairs vs. farmed-out repairs

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by FourDiamond, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. FourDiamond

    FourDiamond Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    Just wondering how many other operators do their own repairs on trucks and equipment vs. how many send things out to get fixed. I'm of the school, if I can can fix it. I'm too cheap or stubborn to pay someone else to do it. Other guys tell me, Send it out, you can make more money doing something else. What does everyone else think??
  2. Dstosh

    Dstosh Senior Member
    Messages: 534

    I usually fix most of my own stuff. If I paid someone to fix everything that was wrong w my trucks and plows, I'd be in the poor house. Most of my equipment is the same, I like to keep it like that for the ease of interchanging if need be. It also helps when you are working on one project and you arent sure how things are supposed to be put back together and you can look at the other truck or plow or what ever..It also helps when you break down at 3 am and you have half an idea what is wrong or how to fix it....
  3. hlntoiz

    hlntoiz Senior Member
    from NW, CT
    Messages: 588

    It is all the matter of "what is your time worth", if you could be working and making more an hour then it is costing you to have it fixed then, pay someone to do it. JMO
  4. cmo18

    cmo18 Senior Member
    Messages: 815

    I have my limitations. I love turning wrenches but normally I'm busy running my business and dont have time to do in depth repairs or projects. Hire out for most.

    That been said I have a fabricator buddy and a mechanic buddy,who love to work for 20$ an hour.

    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,556

    I send it to a mechanic. I get a good rate cause everything goes there
    I don't even do oil changes
  6. bhmjwp

    bhmjwp Senior Member
    from kcmo
    Messages: 309

    We do 90% in house, plows-trucks-blowers, you name it. Our biggest problem is everything is 1994 to 1999 k 1500/2500, simple, all the same. Some day I guess I will have to move up to the 2000's or maybe just wait and see whats on hand in 2015!
  7. blazer2plower

    blazer2plower Senior Member
    Messages: 544

    Most in house if I have time. If not I send it out on trade for work its a win win. Like my fuel pump was 1200 and tofix a few other
    things free plowing this year. I over seed his yeard in the spring.

    I love my Z
  8. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,400

    I would say about 90% in house as well. our only limitations is a proper shop. some of our trucks, equip. cant even get into the garage. so depending upon the time of year, a simple brake job will get sent out due to me not freezing my a** off. we are extremely lucky tho, we have some really good suppliers that can fix anything we through at them so downtime is fairly minimal.
  9. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,980

    depends on the tools and skill level to fix it!...always a learning experience to do it yourself if time allows...but it's up to you to decide in your situation
  10. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,797

    We do 95% to 98% in house. I don't have a tire machine or an alignment rack or else it would be 100%.

    Like stated before, if you have the mechanical knowledge to do the stuff, it pays to do it. Although, there have been times that I have taken stuff to a mechanic because I can't pay myself to do it that cheap too.
  11. jbell36

    jbell36 Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 222

    if you have the know how to do it yourself then i would say why not do it yourself...we send all of our stuff out, we have a good relationship with the dealership, we do all their mowing, chemicals, etc...i usually can't tackle most of the jobs anyways, for example one of our dodges is in the shop right now getting a lot of front end work done, i wouldn't even know where to start, plus you would have to have all of the tools, shop, and time to do it let alone parts which the dealership usually has on hand...even oil changes on the diesels are a pain in the ass, you have to collect 15 quarts of used oil then take it somewhere...not to mention the spark plugs on a diesel, talk about pain in the ass :laughing:
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2011
  12. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,400

    Now I figured you had a full shop Phil. Don't even have a drive on rack. Scheech, you disappoint me. Huff puff. :)
  13. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 6,078

    Mostly 95% inhouse unless were booked solid and I need the machine right away and even then I don't have a problem working at the shop till the we hours in the morning to make it happen.. Send it out for tires and safetys and that's about it...
  14. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,400

    You mean DOT inspections triple?
  15. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,797

    LOL!!! Yep, no alignment rack...

    yet. :nod: Give it time. Give it time.
  16. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,400

    I hate alignments with. Passion!! That's probably my most hated job to do. Id pay whatever to have someone do it for me :)
  17. USMCMP5811

    USMCMP5811 Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    For me, it depends on if it's covered under warranty or not. Not under warranty, I'm busting my knuckles up. Under warranty, They can deal with it. :mechanic:
  18. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 6,078

    Yellow sticker annual safety inspections is what we have here in Canada
  19. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,400

    Oh ok... I do a majority of all our DOTs in house. Bigger or cdl trucks I ship
  20. mike thunder

    mike thunder Senior Member
    Messages: 110

    Minor, non-operational (tailgate repair/battery replacement) repairs needed for driveable equipment usually gets done in house. Repairs needed that directly effect the operation of driveable (road) equipment gets done by a licensed mechanic. For liability reasons alone it's the smart choice.