Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Harold asks: I managed a JD Dealership for 13 years until JD forced us out of business. You are correct about new JD tractors. The new JD tractors do not hold up. Deere has the federal court system in there pocket. They will brag about that. Deere is fighting the right to repair at every turn. The 20, 30, 40 & 50 series tractors are some of the best Deere has ever made. The computers started in the 55 series tractors. The 40 series were the last hand-built tractors.
My reply: It’s not just tractors, either. Even outdoor power equipment is headed the same way. I fully expect pushmowers to be fitted with fuel-injection and computers and be controlled by software under the control of the manufacturer. Which will give the manufacturer control over the machine – perpetually.
I hope there is pushback against this – in the manner still available to us. We don’t have to buy into this stuff. And if we buy other stuff, it applies market pressure contra what Deere (and the car industry and the government) are trying to force down our throats. A very good real-life example of how this can work is the way non-GMO/grass-fed and otherwise healthier/sounder food is now available in regular supermarkets, not just specialty markets.
It used to be hard to find grass-fed beef, organic vegetables – and so on. But it’s easy now, because people (via their dollars) have expressed their preference for it.
We can and should make our preferences known with regard to cars, tractors and lawn mowers, too!
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