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    GFP now offering aftermarket parts alternatives

    This is interesting - now when you pull up an item on the website it will offer an alternate aftermarket part if available.

    Now normally I stay with OEM parts for everything I own. But I found an exception last year and thought I would share my experience.

    I had a gauge wheel fall apart on my 62D deck. I found most of the parts. But after taking both rear wheels off I saw the other one was getting worn also. So I used the parts I had to make one good one and went to order a new replacement for the other side.

    Part #AM136720

    So I went to GFP and saw this wheel was $42 - ouch. I had some time so I did some research. I found a Stens brand replacement on Amazon for $27. After reading the reviews I decided to take the chance. When I got it I matched it up with my original and it was exactly the same -no difference at all including the markings on the wheel itself.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    So when I saw this email from GFP I had a good example to see if this worked on their site. I pulled up the AM136720 wheel and there it was - an alternate replacement Stens wheel for $19 - even way less money than the Amazon 3rd party vendor.

    https://www.greenfarmparts.com/John-...p/am136720.htm

    So one thing I learned was to trust the Stens brand. I have a feeling that Stens must be an OEM supplier for Deere.

    I think this is great. Like I said, for most things I will choose Deere parts. But for a gauge wheel the alternate turned out to be a great deal for me.
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    Interesting.
    Most of the "OEM" parts I buy for TORO equipment is in fact Stens. I've been buying them for years.
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    They almost have to be an OEM supplier for Deere as there's little chance Deere would allow cheaper competitive parts to be for sale at the dealer level. I could be wrong but unless Deere has a working relationship with Stens, I don't see it happening. Its taking food right from their mouth as its a no brainer to have 2 seemingly equal parts with significantly different price points. Deere might as well drop their branded line cuz they "aint" gonna need em.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fozsey View Post
    They almost have to be an OEM supplier for Deere as there's little chance Deere would allow cheaper competitive parts to be for sale at the dealer level. I could be wrong but unless Deere has a working relationship with Stens, I don't see it happening. Its taking food right from their mouth as its a no brainer to have 2 seemingly equal parts with significantly different price points. Deere might as well drop their branded line cuz they "aint" gonna need em.
    I thought the same thing - we’ll have to see how long this lasts at GFP......

    It took me a long time of searching before I came up with the Stens gauge wheel last year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    Interesting.
    Most of the "OEM" parts I buy for TORO equipment is in fact Stens. I've been buying them for years.
    Stens makes/supplies/has cross referenced parts for many small equipment OEM’s. Briggs being a majorly one.
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    Glad to see customers are taking advantage of the aftermarket parts option on greenfamrparts.com, the parts have always been available but we recently made the change to the website to offer it as a suggested item to the OEM when shipping. We feel it will be successful and helpful to the end user. John Deere has no affiliation with Stens. They are simply an aftermarket manufacturer that offers similar parts to OEM for all makes and models. This allowing Greenfarmparts.com to offer parts for other makes and not just for John Deere. Thank you and have a great day!
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