Posted by FarmerZeb on August 01, 2012 at 18:24:49 from (188.8.131.52):
I am looking at the pro's / cons of going with 1 manufacturer for equipment. Most of my neighbors run pure green. Below are my pro's and cons for going pure JD and pro/cons for having a mixture. Would like to hear any other quantifiable ideas.
I know this could get ugly so lets try to stick to quantifiable stuff.
Online Parts Catalog and Ordering
One place to go for parts (7 miles from farm)
higher initial equipment cost (about 7K more for the used equipment I am looking at)
higher repair parts cost (looks like about 15%)
Mixed Fleet Mostly IH/Gleaner/Great Plains
lower initial equipment costs
lower repair parts costs
cost per HP on used tractors seems to be much less on IH tractors in central MO area
no online parts ordering at CIH of NH
limited ability at AGCO dealer
20 miles to the CIH dealer
24 miles to New Holland dealer
50 miels to AGCO (gleaner) dealer
the distance to parts seems to wash out any cost savings
i don't know where this leads to but the lower initial equip cost on used IH/AGCO equip is attractive to a guy just starting out
This post was edited by FarmerZeb at 18:25:12 08/01/12.
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