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Why Tractor Talk gets Touchy
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Jimbob    Posted 02-11-2003 at 08:16:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
A tractor can be a mans or womans best friend beyond their family. When a tractor works faithfully year after year, another brand of tractor just 'do not sit right'. Human nature at work here- other opinions are just fine & important. God Bless.

Madonno    Posted 04-28-2006 at 09:59:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]

As a Bavarian tech fan I've always been a fan of the "benchmark in tractor technology" Fendt.
They now introduced the Fendt 936. 360 horsepower, 38 mph, the Vario (CVT) and and and...
Technology wise: the top
You just need to find a LOT of GOOD paid jobs for it to justify the price tag ;-)

Donna from Mo    Posted 02-11-2003 at 14:00:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I don't think my husband ever saw a tractor he didn't like! He just likes some better than others.

Jim(MO)    Posted 02-11-2003 at 10:14:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
In this neck of the woods, and in my travels, I've noticed the popularity of different brands of tractors is tied very closely to the proximaty of a good dealer. Price, specs and service availibility are the most important criteria when a tractor, or just about anything, is purchased new. There was a good Ford dealer here up until about the late 70's, there are now a lot of older Ford's around. Very few Ford/New Hollands', dealer's too far away. Lot's of newer Case and JD's around now. Mostly JD's but the IH/Case dealership has just had a major expansion. Will probably be a lot more Case tractors out in the fields shortly as the competition heats up. I have one of the old fords, 48 8N, and it suits my needs mostly. Will be looking for a bigger tractor this year as brush hoggin' large areas in 5' swaths is getting old. In fact as I get older power steering is looking more attractive.

Just my 23HP worth.

Larry    Posted 02-11-2003 at 09:48:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]

When I posted about the Case tractors I just wanted to be sure your list was complete. I have learned over the years that there isn't really any bad tractors. They all do what they were designed to do,farm work. Other than that it just boils down to personal preference as to which brand each farmer likes.

Ron/PA / KINDA MAKES ME WONDER,,    Posted 02-11-2003 at 09:43:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
What makes grown men have such loyalty to worn out rolling iron. I've lived all my life with these dang old cusses, and we still farm a couple hundred acres today with them. I've always had my favorite tractor, of our own, and I've worked on most of the older tractors in the valley.
I've never really considered any of them my "friends", I've gotted a bit close to a few dogs in my time, but never quite felt like spending a sunday afternoon with a tractor.
As far as loyalty goes mine is very thin. If I'm in the middle or raking hay, and the H quits, I waste no time cussing it out and hooking the ford to the rake, I guess I look at these things a little differently that most.
I know for a fact that we have the 5 best tractors in the country in use here on our farm. I won't even consider the fact that I'm wrong, but that's where my loyalty ends.
It's good to see folks taking an intrest in the older equipment, and preserving it for posterity, but sometimes I see a Restored tractor in a parade, and think that it's a shame that it isn't being used for what it was intended.
Oh well so much for my ramblings,,
PS oh by the way, the reason I know that our's are the best tractors,, they're paid for, and they work like they should! If either of those items change,,, then they may well become the tractor's I USED to own.

Jimbob    Posted 02-11-2003 at 11:25:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Its the stories the tractors could tell if they could talk. I miss my old 1939 JD Model A with the 2 cylinder, low RPM 'put-put' exhaust note. Funny, being on top of a hill, ten years later I heard all the old timers up to two miles away missed the sound also. Humm!

Willy-N    Posted 02-11-2003 at 08:21:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Man and his tools have started many a war wether it was guns, bombs or tractors. Sometimes we just get on a role till it gets hot then it is too late. Mark H.

Ludwig    Posted 02-11-2003 at 08:23:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well said.

I appologize if I've insulted anyone, and again to anyone I insult in the future.

Jimbob    Posted 02-11-2003 at 11:29:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I did not here any swearing? Anyone else hear Willy swear?

Willy-N    Posted 02-11-2003 at 08:35:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
My Father-In-Law and I get into some real heated matches!! Greatest person to have as a freind too. We are both thick headed and do not bend. He is a deisign engineer/machiest and I am a just make it work engineer. When we get together in the middle of a project the war starts bigtime. He makes the job to hard for me and I just want to finish it and move on to the next one. We came up with a truse no politics, religion or asking questions on how to build something we both know better now. Mark H.

Mike D. well said Mark-    Posted 02-11-2003 at 09:13:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, been through similar experiences. The older I get the simpler I want the job to be, as long as it is as right as rain.

I've worked for engineers. My experience has been if they have ever worked hands on as hard as I have, then I'll give them an unfettered listen.
If I know that they have spent their career behind the desk and their weekends on the couch, then I get suspect.

Ludwig    Posted 02-11-2003 at 09:25:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I used to work for Simplex, which is now Simplex/Grinnell. They make fire alarms mostly. Anyway when I was there new products were assigned to the newest engineers. Then the testing was done and then a senior engineer fixed the mistakes. There was no method for teaching the junior guys what was done wrong.
As you might guess this setup was created by the senior engineers and resulted in good career longevity for them but some really lousy products that could slip through testing.

Jimbob    Posted 02-11-2003 at 11:32:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Working as a construction foreman, I installed plenty of Simplex systems including Ford Motor plants. Some troubles back in around 1990 & up for a few years. The men in the field were the real brains! I seen it first hand.

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