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Old 04-05-2016, 10:58 PM   #21
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I just got a couple of kits from local John Deere dealer today. A$50 per kit including postage. You guys in the US get a much better deal.....
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Old 04-08-2016, 11:46 AM   #22
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I just got a couple of kits from local John Deere dealer today. A$50 per kit including postage. You guys in the US get a much better deal.....

I wonder if you could still use them? Send them an email.....
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Old 04-08-2016, 05:07 PM   #23
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I wonder if you could still use them? Send them an email.....
Still use the US labs you mean? I think postage would be the killer......

Now that I have the name and address of the local lab that JD use, which is only 30 minutes drive away, I might contact them directly for kits/bottles next time around.
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Old 04-08-2016, 08:07 PM   #24
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Mailed out 2 Blackstone samples yesterday in just the black cube container kits for about $3 each. Each sample kit has a ziplock type bag and a oil absorbent pad in addition to the sample bottle itself and the shipping bottle. That's 3 leak barriers plus the absorbent pad. The mail clerk added a small piece of shipping tape to the lids. I was thinking about the Priority box but the smallest one to fit both was $14.
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Where do western Canadians get theirs done?


Murray,
I too get mine done by Finning Caterpillar. You should be able to get kits from any decent diesel or truck repair shop close to home. The .last few kits I purchased were from my local diesel repair shop and they were the Cat SOS.

Finning, for your info HAD a lab in Surrey, BC. It will be closed soon and all samples will go to the Edmonton, Alta. lab.

Shouldn't make any difference. FIll in your e-mail and the report will come quickly. I print a copy for the boat, for the house and save to my computer going back about 25 yrs for the engine and 6 yrs for the gear.
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Here is an update for my above samples sent to the lab via USPS First Class mail with tracking:
My generator sample was mailed out from SW Florida April 8th and it arrived in Fort Wayne Indiana on April 21st. 13 calendar days.
My main engine sample was mailed out with the generator sample. It made a small detour to SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico!!! Today it has finally reached the Ft. Wayne, IN post office. Not delivered yet 19 days later. I'll be amazed if it survived without being crushed that long.
The lab turned the sample around within a day of arrival. Next time I ship it will be via UPS, or FedEx.
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Were they packaged in a box? I always put my samples in a pre-paid Priority mail box and it takes 2 days. WOW talk about slow boat to China.....
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I just drop mine in the mail in the container and have not had a problem...

However, my parents live in FLA and getting mail to/from them is problematic. Letters have taken weeks to get to them instead of a couple of days. This sometimes happens when we are sent something as well. Just no rhyme or reason. Sending priority mail has not helped either. Packages that were sent to us to be here overnight have taken 2-3 days.

Packages now are sent FedEx or UPS.

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I just drop mine in the mail in the container and have not had a problem...

However, my parents live in FLA and getting mail to/from them is problematic. Letters have taken weeks to get to them instead of a couple of days. This sometimes happens when we are sent something as well. Just no rhyme or reason. Sending priority mail has not helped either. Packages that were sent to us to be here overnight have taken 2-3 days.

Packages now are sent FedEx or UPS.

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Try 2-day priority mail next time. Cheaper than FedEx and UPS. Good luck.
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X2 on Priority Mail flat rate boxes. I typically sent five samples at a time (2 main engine, 2 transmission, 1 generator). Got to Cleveland from eastern NC, GA, MA or FL in 2 days average, 3 at the most. We had all our mail forwarded via a batched big envelop/ boxed if needed Priority from Livingston, TX to various east coast spots, and again, 2 or 3 day delivery. Plus you can kind of track it.

Used to get zincs that way too!
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