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Re: old tractors vs new tractors

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04-05-2013 01:02:59

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The biggest problems I see with new tractors is the complexity of the electrical systems. The Hydraulic systems are complex too, but they can still be worked on. If your computers go fritz, and they are no longer making replacement parts for them, you are simply out of luck, not to mention the COST of those parts. I believe that the more complex you make a machine, the more can and will go wrong with it. I just don't see todays tractors running, let alone being restored in 50 yrs. Cast iron and steel are made to last. Plastic and fiberglass is made to throw away.

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04-05-2013 08:00:47

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 Re: old tractors vs new tractors in reply to sgtbull, 04-05-2013 01:02:59  
I have not had a single instance of a computer problem with any of my equipment, on or off road dating back to when it first came to be. Actually I have had minimal problems with all of it.

On my P/U I am getting a 70% increase in fuel economy with way more power with a smaller engine, on ethanol to boot.

Some facts:

Current New tractor, some electronics, no computer controlled injection, zero problems since new in '07.

'88 Ford 150 p/u, mechanical emission problem and one fuel sending unit failed; paint failed....but Ford repainted it and fixed the problems in '90 for free. Some kind of customer kindness program...bad publicity on their water based paint which was new then.

'98 Dodge (Ram) 1500 p/u, one A/C seal.
'05 Dodge 1500 p/u, nothing.
'07 Dodge 1500 p/u, turn signal switch (concurrent ownership with the '05)
'11 Silverado 1500, nothing.

The above speaks for itself. Manufacturers are serious about quality these days.


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