Why You Should Always Choose OEM Riding Mower Parts

by Justin Nielsen | 6th April 2011

When you look for riding mower parts online, you often run across references to “OEM” parts. The seller of these parts always stresses the importance of OEM parts, but rarely explains what they are. On another site, the seller will simply say their parts “can be used on Brand A, B or C.” What does OEM actually mean? Who should you buy your parts from?

OEM stands for “Original Equipment Manufacturer.” At a glance, this can be confusing, especially if you need riding mower parts from one brand name and yet find the OEM parts come from another “manufacturer.” When you understand that often the company that manufactures a piece of equipment and/or its parts is not the company under whose brand the equipment is sold, the meaning becomes clear.

Briggs and Stratton is one of the best known known manufacturers of mower engines in the world. This company has established such a sterling reputation that many people will not buy a mower that does not feature an engine made by Briggs and Stratton. Because of their quality and reputation, their engines are sold on a wide variety of lawn mower brands.

This is not the only manufacturer of quality engines. Often, a company that puts B and S engines on some of their mower models will install another manufacturer’s engine on other models. Also, this company does not make all the parts for any mower. The fact that different parts on one brand or model of mower come from different manufacturers is where the confusion about OEM begins.

It is always best to get OEM parts, because even everyday parts like belts and spark plugs vary slightly or significantly in quality and machining from manufacturer to manufacturer. By purchasing OEM, you know you are getting exactly the right riding mower parts for your piece of equipment. Does this mean that in order to find these parts, you have to do a lengthy search online in order to find out who that manufacturer is? Fortunately, it does not.

The best place to find OEM riding mower parts is from a reputable company that sells and services a variety of the best ride-on mowers on the market. On their website, they will have a tab that says “OEM Parts.” Click on that tab and you will be directed to a list of brand names.

When you go to this page, you will be able to narrow down your search. A drop down menu will give you a list of brands to choose from. Then another menu will list the various models and years of manufacture of their mowers. When you find yours, you will be directed to detailed views of the sections of the mower. Let’s say you are looking for an ignition system part for a Kohler mower, for instance. You will find an exploded diagram that clearly indicates every part, right down to the tiniest screw.

The best idea is to purchase your new or used riding mower from a dealer like this in the first place. You will get personalized, long term service from them that may include exclusive access to discounted OEM parts. Often these companies offer the parts only to their customers so they can be sure to always have them in stock. Because the will offer overnight or at most 2 or 3 day delivery, there is no reason to settle for second best. If you are looking for value for money, start with the best and stick with it.

Riding Mower Parts online blog will provide you with great tips and information for all of your parts needs online. Find parts diagrams for your riding and Push Mower Parts needs at LawnEq’s online site.

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