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While I've never been a big fan of "maintenance kits" in general, I have on occasion purchased a maintenance kit for my X500 garden tractor. The last time I compared the price of the individual components to the price of the kit the savings on the kit was less than $1.00.

So I'm getting ready to do the 300 hr service and debating on whether to order the kit or just buy the individual parts. So I look up all the parts included in the kit and compare the price of the parts to the price of the kit from my dealer and GFP. The results were quite surprising.

The kit consists of an oil filter, fuel filter, inner air filter element, outer air filter element, (2) spark plugs and (2) quarts of oil. The cost of the individual parts were:

Dealer: $45.26
GFP: $44.77

The cost of the LG265 maintenance kit was:

Dealer: $50.80
GFP: $48.44 (currently on sale for $41.17)

So as you can see, other than the current sale at GFP it actually costs MORE to buy the "maintenance kit". To make the deal even less sweet, GFP appears to long longer apply the GTT discount to any items that are on sale.

So needless to say I bought the individual components instead of the kit AND was able to get the GTT discount since none of the items were on sale.

Interesting, eh?
 

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While I've never been a big fan of "maintenance kits" in general, I have on occasion purchased a maintenance kit for my X500 garden tractor. The last time I compared the price of the individual components to the price of the kit the savings on the kit was less than $1.00.

So I'm getting ready to do the 300 hr service and debating on whether to order the kit or just buy the individual parts. So I look up all the parts included in the kit and compare the price of the parts to the price of the kit from my dealer and GFP. The results were quite surprising.

The kit consists of an oil filter, fuel filter, inner air filter element, outer air filter element, (2) spark plugs and (2) quarts of oil. The cost of the individual parts were:

Dealer: $45.26
GFP: $44.77

The cost of the LG265 maintenance kit was:

Dealer: $50.80
GFP: $48.44 (currently on sale for $41.17)

So as you can see, other than the current sale at GFP it actually costs MORE to buy the "maintenance kit". To make the deal even less sweet, GFP appears to long longer apply the GTT discount to any items that are on sale.

So needless to say I bought the individual components instead of the kit AND was able to get the GTT discount since none of the items were on sale.

Interesting, eh?
Costs extra for the nice pretty box it comes in. :lolol:
 

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I've never ordered the maintenance kit myself.

Just for fun I just Googled "Deere 2520 Home Maintenance Kit" and this was the first result -

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First off it comes with the inner air filter which doesn't need changed at each maintenance.

Then...it come with 3 quarts of oil - not the needed 4 - plus the oil is the wrong viscosity....

Also it comes with the sediment bowl screen of which I have never needed to change in 12 years now.

I know this isn't the official Deere kit (LVA21201) but wonder how many people are too lazy to look it up properly and order something like this which is so wrong.....
 

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I have found similar savings $1-$2. I don’t often change spark plugs so they are always a bad deal for me.
 

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I have found similar savings $1-$2. I don’t often change spark plugs so they are always a bad deal for me.
I go ahead and change my plugs every 100 hrs even though they “look” fine. I put about 50 hrs per year on my X500 so the 100 hr service occurs every 2 years.
 

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I get the kits when they're on sale at the dealer.Mine as well sit on my shelf at a lower cost than to sit on theirs. I use the kits in the fall and just oil change in between.
 
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