July 10, 2015

Balancing Act

When equipment breaks, loggers face some tough choices. One of the biggest is whether to repair the component altogether. Replacing the component fixes the problem quickly. Using parts to repair saves money upfront, but can also mean additional downtime.

This is when original equipment manufacturer – OEM – remanufactured components should be considered. Remanufactured, or reman, components can provide the right mix of cost-effectiveness and quick turnaround time.

A call to the nearest dealer that specializes in both OEM repair parts and OEM-remanufactured components is a good first step. Have your machine's maintenance-and-repair records handy to help your dealer make the best choice for your situation.

Here are a few more considerations when facing the repair-or-reman dilemma:

Repair with John Deere OEM Parts

  • Repair may seem like the lowest-cost option, but it may not be once downtime is considered.
  • Repairing components is particularly cost-effective for older equipment, such as a backup machine that isn't critical for day-to-day productivity.
  • Service technicians can often make repairs in the field, lowering transportation costs.

Replacement with John Deere OEM-Remanufactured Components

  • OEM-remanufactured components, like engines, transmissions, axles, fuel pumps, and hydraulic pumps are generally priced 25- to 35-percent lower than their new counterparts.
  • Reman components are often recommended instead of a repair when dealing with major failures or machines that are critical to a logging operation. In these cases, downtime is usually the key deciding factor. The concern is the likelihood that a problem with one worn or broken part may lead to subsequent issues with related parts.
  • Newer models of forestry equipment have sophisticated and complex systems that can be difficult to repair. Reman components installed by a qualified technician are, therefore, important to ensure optimum component performance.
  • As with repairs, component replacement can often be completed in the field. As the repair increases in complexity, that often becomes less likely to be the best choice.
  • Reman components are built with the latest design enhancements that can improve product reliability.
  • Remanufactured components are thoroughly disassembled, inspected, and cleaned before all of the worn parts are replaced with OEM parts. Next, they are tested to new performance specifications. OEM remanufactured components typically come with warranties equip to or better than new, depending on the OEM. Check with the specific equipment dealer for more details.

For minimum downtime, maximum productivity, and long-term confidence, we hope these tips will help you make the right choice when deciding between making a repair or relying on an OEM-remanufactured component to get your machine back in the game.