Bought a Try-Bilt Snow Thrower from Lowe's. Most they had were on
display with a "convenient" $25 assembly charge. I was using a 10% off
coupon so I wanted to keep it cheaper so I took of of the only two
they had boxed. Took it home and the "assembly " consisted of
tightening handle knobs, attaching chute (three clamps), and attaching
the chute aimer (removing cotter pin and then reattaching it). Took
10-15 minutes . I know I received all the parts (Some on display had
the replacement shear pins taken, the key was missingon some). Unit
came oiled I added gas and it started on second pull. I think it will
be fine . It's the 5.5 hp w/electric start 24" with the bigger intake.
Not bad for $550+tax. Icant wait for snow!!
Sure, why not? My MIL can handle a snowblower, but would have problems with
And $25 is really not a big deal even for the small amount of work needed.
Store have a lot of overhead so the price of opening the container,
assembling, disposing of carton, etc, the cost is not out of line, IMO.
That's awful- and you'd think_the dog_ would have more sense, noisy as
those things are- perhaps it was sleeping in a snowbank?
A guy a block from me lost finger in one last winter, in spite of
all the warnings they plaster everywhere...
Worse, they may work at Lowe's and assemble snowblowers badly, unlike a
full service lawn and yard equipment company, so I'd want to go over
the work to verify it,. which would probably take as long as if I had
done it myself in the first place.
Besides, would you trust your limbs and eyes to a machine that has
rapidly moving parts and was assembled by a Home Depot reject?
A good friend assemles stuff for sears. sure some grills etc are a snap
while others take a lot of time and are a PIA...
the assemble fee tends to be a flat one for all models.
i will ask about snow blowers when i see him tomorrow.
theres also added liabilty costs if say a bolt falls out of the new
blower and hits someone or some thing.....
my good friend who assembles snowblowers gas grills mowers etc for
sears says some blowers take 45 minutes to put togther after you have
done a bunch, plus they get rid of all the packing and help load the
blower in your vehicle...
it can be hard work and a bargain for 25 bucks
Load in your car? Not around here my friend. I draaged the box to
the curb for recycling and they took it. To me its just not worth it.
Plus an assembled unit (grill, blower etc is a lot harder to manage
than a boxed one. Assembly charges are like extended warrantees- pure
profit for the seller!!
You're a genius Edwin!! Of course lowes etc wants to make a profit.
Should they make an excessive profit off me? No. Snowblower in
question probably cost Lowes $350 or so with a retail of $599. With
xtended warranty ($79) and assembly ($25) the cost would be $703.
By using 10% coupon and assembly it myself I paid $539. So lowes made
$180 off me instead of $280.
Edwin Pawlowski wrote:
Excessive? Maybe, maybe not. Some people would rather pay the money that
have to assemble anything. It is their choice to make, not yours or mine.
If people are willing to pay $25, it is a fair price. Capitalism at its
Lots of folks say that. We lived in Tucson for a while. South of us toward
Mexico the elevation gets high enough to put snow on the ground. If you head
north as my daughter did to go to school at the U of Northern Arizona you
will find a whole different world. The school is in Flagstaff at over 6000
feet. So much for Denver and its "mile high city". As I recall, Flagstaff
averages over 10 feet of snow a year.
Yea, but it's hard to tell how much assembly is required, I recently
bought a lawn mower at HD, as you removed it from the carton is "self
assembles" itself, it basically unfolded itself like the mars land
rover, but I remember buying a bookcase that took 40 minutes and was a
Which brings up the question, when assembly rates in China are 50 cents
an hour, why the heck are we assembling anything? It seems we are doing
more self assembly now then in the past when labor rates where much
higher and automation was much lower, I haven't figured out that one....
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