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    John Deere is OUTRAGEOUS on parts.

    So my 2720's tach/hour meter stopped working.
    I tear it apart and it seems that the tach mechanism turns very hard. The gear on the back of the tach has a been stripped of the teeth in one spot.
    I can attach a drill and run the tach over and it works altho it does not drop to zero all the time.
    You can turn the gear on the back by hand but it is very hard.
    I can attach the cable and put the drill on the engine side of the cable and when I try the drill it just spins the cable into a pretzel.
    For some reason the tach is very hard to turn.

    Now All I need is a new tach, I can take the instrument cluster apart and get it out.
    BUT NO. JD only sells the instrument cluster as an assembly, and guess what the price of the cluster is, $775.

    I can afford the new cluster but getting raped does not sit well with me.
    Gotta decide if I'm even gonna bother fixing it.
    Only need the tach when running the mower on the 3 pt.
    I wish I could find a used one, I'd go for that.


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    I’d mount an after market digital tach if I was in your shoes.
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    I can certainly sympathize. I've looked up many parts and swore the price has to be a mistake. If it's any consolation, you can save yourself around $50 by ordering the part from site sponsor http://www.greenfarmparts.com. Use discount code GTT.
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    This is the second thread of recent weeks to name John Deere as price gougers, it is far from an isolation to just them. Go to your Ford, Chevy or Dodge dealer and buy their genuine parts. Or go to you Kabota or CaseIH dealer for their parts. It's just the American way, but you my friend can vote for change.

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    I agree on the prices but also appreciate I can get parts easier and faster for Deere than anything else out there even for very old equipment. Expensive stinks, not available is worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herminator View Post
    I agree on the prices but also appreciate I can get parts easier and faster for Deere than anything else out there even for very old equipment. Expensive stinks, not available is worse.
    Ditto
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    Quote Originally Posted by PJR832 View Post
    This is the second thread of recent weeks to name John Deere as price gougers, it is far from an isolation to just them. Go to your Ford, Chevy or Dodge dealer and buy their genuine parts. Or go to you Kabota or CaseIH dealer for their parts. It's just the American way, but you my friend can vote for change.

    Today as a matter of fact.
    Exactly. Im not sure why this keeps coming up. Maybe cabin fever is setting in early this year.
    Its not news to anyone who has ever worked on anything over the last 15 years, let alone anyone who has paid for service on any kind of vehicle or equipment. My neighbor paid almost $500 for a new alternator on his F150. Its 8 years old. That same alternator can be purchased online, or locally, for just a hair over $100. He could have gotten the best quality money could buy for less than $200. That price only included an hour labor. Thats an insane cost.
    We want the latest and greatest, and complain when new things look antiquated, so we get all in one clusters and modern designs, and we complain more when we have to replace those parts because they cost way more than the old ones did.
    Id personally prefer to have all my instruments and indicator lights separate so they could easily be changed out, but we are way beyond that these days.

    While I sympathize with the feeling that it is an expensive fix, there are ways around it if you search long enough.
    Find out who made the panel. They are likely still making them. Can they sell you the parts you need?
    In this day and age, if we look long enough, we all know someone who knows someone with a 3D printer. Those small plastic gears are a piece of cake to "print" on one of those.
    If you can get in that far, you should be able to replace it for next to nothing if you can find someone who will draw it and replicate it for you.
    I would go that route before spending $700 on a new cluster.
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    Couldn't get my Mac to link them but a quick google for mechanical tachometer repair yielded many results.
    Also conversion from mechanical to electric into the old gage face.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PJR832 View Post
    This is the second thread of recent weeks to name John Deere as price gougers, it is far from an isolation to just them. Go to your Ford, Chevy or Dodge dealer and buy their genuine parts. Or go to you Kabota or CaseIH dealer for their parts. It's just the American way, but you my friend can vote for change.

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    I drive a 12 year old BMW, the parts are reasonably priced. I bought a latch for the rear tailgate about a year ago.
    a little over $90. And it has an electric solenoid in it that pulls the hatch tight after closing.

    Also I bought a headlight assembly this spring. $1200. But it was the complete plastic housing with the xenon lights and it was the assembly that turns with the steering wheel left to right. Much more complicated than this gage cluster.

    No, I'll gladly buy parts for a BMW over a JD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IndianaJim View Post

    In this day and age, if we look long enough, we all know someone who knows someone with a 3D printer. Those small plastic gears are a piece of cake to "print" on one of those.
    If you can get in that far, you should be able to replace it for next to nothing if you can find someone who will draw it and replicate it for you.
    I would go that route before spending $700 on a new cluster.
    Its not only the gear that needs replacement but the shaft for the needle/pointer does not turn easily which is the real problem here.
    a new gear would just end up like the old gear in a short time.

    I owned a Tool shop at one point. I have made gage clusters for older cars. They looked like stock when done.
    Its alot of work.
    If a mass produced part is more expensive than a one off custom made part what does that tell you about the pricing?
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