Old Farm Tractors Are HOT!
I can remember helping my father repair the family car when I was younger. Hard to imagine that today, what with all the electronics and computers running them. And then don't get me started about "right to repair" laws and the way companies are using laws designed to prevent digital piracy to prevent an owner from repairing own car, instead forcing them to go to an expensive dealership.
This goes along with the $40 printer/copier I just bought with the $20 ink cartiage that doesn't last.
I found this article rather pleasing.
"Kris Folland grows corn, wheat and soybeans and raises cattle on 2,000 acres near Halma in the northwest corner of Minnesota, so his operation is far from small. But when he last bought a new tractor, he opted for an old one — a 1979 John Deere 4440. He retrofitted it with automatic steering guided by satellite, and he and his kids can use the tractor to feed cows, plant fields and run a grain auger. The best thing? The tractor cost $18,000, compared to upward of $150,000 for a new tractor. And Folland doesn’t need a computer to repair it.
“This is still a really good tractor,” said Folland, who owns two other tractors built before 1982. “They cost a fraction of the price, and then the operating costs are much less because they’re so much easier to fix,” he said. Tractors manufactured in the late 1970s and 1980s are some of the hottest items in farm auctions across the Midwest these days — and it’s not because they’re antiques."