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Re: Kverneland plow

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02-28-2013 06:43:32

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You're talking about stuff from 55 years ago. Anyone that's doing any serious amount of plowing is NOT using s 55 year old plow. White and IH have been off the market for nearly 30 years. The fact that this is the stuff you're talking about... says to me that you live in a no-till area. No doubt there are still some that use the plows you're talking about, but it's by no means common.
The other fact here.... if you don't see widespread use of Kverneland plows in your area... that says to me that they see no reason to have a dealer presence there because there's simply no market... so all you still see working are old White's and Deere's.

Regardless of any of that... one phone call to a dealer in a selling area and a credit card will have whatever parts you need. You make it sound like the end of the world is coming because you've never seen a red and green plow.


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03-02-2013 08:28:48

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 Re: Kverneland plow in reply to RodInNS, 02-28-2013 06:43:32  
Not to start a war or anything but around here nearly everybody that plows runs an old IH, White, Wilrich, or Deere. Most guys have the attitude for most tillage tools you buy parts for and avoid taking the big hit on an initial investment in a new tool. I've been to two colleges in my youth and both would say new tillage tools for anybody carrying any degree of debt is foolish unless there is an absolute proven agronomic benefit to a new tool. Seeing as these schools graduate the people that staff the farm lenders the attitude carries over to the farm banks. I agree that people do not need to worry about parts for the Kverneland plows. Kubota will for the foreseeable future have more than one dealer contract to best help their dealers. Kubota for dealers in country where the only thing planted are Mc Mansions is not going to insist that dealer make any investment to carry plows or power harrows or disc mowers. Other manufacturers in the past have had flexibility in terms of dealer responsibility for products. Here in NY I recall dealers pointing out they specifically deleted things such as an industrial line or carrying combines because the parts and repair tooling were more than any profit that would be realized.

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03-02-2013 10:05:37

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 Re: Kverneland plow in reply to NY 986, 03-02-2013 08:28:48  
The agronomic benefit is there with these plows for anyone that has to deal with rock. I can understand it being of less value if you don't have to deal with rock. The plow that someone pictured... the AB85 will basically plow continously in just about any kind of ground at 4-5 mph unless you hit a rock the size of a tractor. So there's a considerable productivity gain there over even a manual reset trip bottom.
A lot also depends on just what generation you were from when a plow was bought. Around here tractors did not become common until after the war... so most bought 2 bottom plows to go with those Ford's and Fergusons. These were mostly scotch bottom Ferguson Sherman plows... or some Dearborns. As time wore on... the bigger tractors that landed around here were the 990 and 1200 Brown's and with them came 3 bottom Brown plows with Scotch bottoms and some with midwest style bottoms. When those went to the woods they were almost universally replaced with 4 bottom Kvernelands... and when most people saw how those worked next to a Brown or a Dearborn... lets just say the salesman didn't have to work for his comission. That first generation were mostly Hydrien's and they're mostly gone to the woods now as they were replaced with the AB's (pictured) and #8 bottoms or by BB semi's with the same bottom. The variable width and auto reset was the main reason for replacing the older generation.
IH was never a force in this area as the dealer died sometime around the end of the letter series tractors and Massey basically swallowed the market they had. Deere has never been a contender here until modern times. The first 2 lunger I ever saw was when I went to college and someone was overhauling one in the engineering shop.


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03-02-2013 18:21:55

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 Re: Kverneland plow in reply to RodInNS, 03-02-2013 10:05:37  
Nobody around here ever saw a scotch bottom in the ground, most would not know what they are.

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03-02-2013 18:45:47

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 Re: Kverneland plow in reply to Leroy, 03-02-2013 18:21:55  
I'm guessing you don't have sod... or not heavy sod.


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03-02-2013 11:43:18

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 Re: Kverneland plow in reply to RodInNS, 03-02-2013 10:05:37  
The better off farmers before WWII had drawbar type tractors. IH and to a lesser extent Deere dominated the general farm equipment market. Up to the late 1950's a Deere and/ or IH dealer could be found in any sizable town here. Farmers understood that generally better pricing and service went hand in hand with giving these dealers a majority of the farm's business. Specifically, most of these farms used IH or Deere trailer-type plows that worked without modification for the drawbar type tractor.

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