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Best Value place online to get regs serviced

Discussion in 'Regulators' started by Seville, Apr 11, 2021.

  1. Seville

    Seville Contributor

    I have an older sherwood magnum 1st and 2nd with an octopus. Looking for a good value place I can send it to. When they say they charge for parts, is that just the rebuild kit that is recommended for it? Is it usually cheaper if I buy the Sherwood service kit online and give it to the dive shop? Or buy it directly from them? Just seeing what a ballpark number in parts is.
  2. Cdncoldwater

    Cdncoldwater Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Atlantic Canada
    Where are you located, USA, EU etc?
  3. grantctobin

    grantctobin ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Chicago
    I’d recommend Spruce Creek Scuba in Florida. Alternatively, DRIS is an often recommended option, albeit not one I’ve used personally.
  4. oly5050user

    oly5050user Dive Travel Professional

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Westchester NY
    Parts can be free if you followed the inspection one year and full service the next routine. If out of their warranty period it will be should be reinstated when you get it serviced. I doubt that Sherwood will sell you parts if you are not a dealer
    Cdncoldwater likes this.
  5. MiloR

    MiloR ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Ohio
    Do you take your own cheese and bun to McDonalds and ask them to make your burger with them?
    pconsidine, couv, rhwestfall and 6 others like this.
  6. Seville

    Seville Contributor

    Well I found the mfg kits 4000-9 for the octo for $9 and the 1st and second stage kit 4000-15 for $20 new. I know for car mechanics you can bring your own stuff. Wondering if a repair place would do that as well? How much more do the repair places usually charge for parts?
  7. Lostdiver71

    Lostdiver71 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Jupiter, Florida, United States
    Not a lot of shops will service some of the older Sherwood regulators, make sure you call before sending them in. The shops will charge you for the rebuild kit plus any additional parts that are necessary, get estimated pricing before you send it in.
  8. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

    # of Dives:
    Location: Hong Kong
    1. They will take your order at no discount.
    2. And then tell you to throw away anything you do not want that came with the order.
    3. Everyone happy?

    In theory the dive shop can just charge you the labour for the work. Up to them.
  9. Seville

    Seville Contributor

    thanks for the heads up. I was not sure if scuba shops really upcharge on parts. I am located in the US,
  10. rsingler

    rsingler Scuba Instructor, Tinkerer in Brass Staff Member ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Napa, California
    Parts are where they make some money. If they're doing a good job, $30 labor per stage doesn't cover their costs. Labor, benefits, time away from selling wetsuits, building rent, utilities...
    Service is a loss leader for most shops. Those that do it either rush the work, or lose money and accept that to get you in the shop to buy stuff.
    Don't begrudge them the markup if you're getting good service.
    An older Sherwood, maybe with lube stuck in the dry bleed filter in the piston head from a previous sloppy tech, is just an exercise in frustration for them.
    phoque, RyanT, Lostdiver71 and 3 others like this.

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