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Custom-Built Replacement Cylinders
“I build replacement hydraulic cylinders for skid steers and sell them direct to customers for about 30 to 40 percent less than what they’d be paying at a dealer,” says Pennsylvania machinist Devon Petre. “I use quality components that are primarily made in the USA and do all the machining, welding and assembly in-house.”
Petre started his business in 2017 after working at a hydraulic repair shop to gain experience. “We have an understanding between us that I build custom-made cylinders and don’t compete with their shop for repairs,” Petre says. “My specialty is aftermarket replacement cylinders for skid steers. Presently I have replacements for most Bobcat models and a few for Case. Not all the cylinders I have available are manufactured in-house. I’m working on getting all the specifications together to do that. The ones I buy are high quality units made in Europe. Eventually, I hope to manufacture most of what I sell in-house. I also sell seal kits for leaking cylinders for many popular brands of skid steeers, backhoes, excavators, etc. I can also build a specialty cylinder if I know all of the specifications.”
Petre says pricing for his cylinders is generally 1/2 to 2/3 the cost of OEM replacements. He cited as an example a Bobcat latch cylinder that he produces and sells for $385 that costs $625 at the dealer. “Their products probably go through a couple different hands or companies that need to make some money, so that’s why they cost what they do. My cylinders go from me direct to the customer without any middleman.”
In addition to his machining and manufacturing background, Petre says he understands equipment because he was raised on a farm and worked with machinery from a young age. “There’s definitely a benefit to growing up around equipment. I liked working on it when I was young and I enjoy doing what I’m doing now, making good products at a price that saves people money.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Devon Petre, Fairview Metalworks, 13911 Ditto Road, Mercersburg, Pa. 17236 (ph 240 707-8239).

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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #4