Re: Agco switching to only Massey and Challenger i
This is interesting. Recently I was talking to salesmen of different colors, and the word is, is that Agco will be dropping Fendt in NA. While their are pockets of fendt support all over, the brand just hasn't taken off. They are a nice machine, I ran one on a demo at my buddies place. Price is the big factor one those machines. Massey, challenger and Agco have the same transmission, and all of the same features, for thousands less. I to can see them dropping the Challenger line. Here in Alberta, the cat dealers dropped the entire Ag line, Wheels and tracked tractors, haying and harvesting. Reason being, to hard to sell. Agco wanted them to sell Challenger equipment at a premium price, and the only thing that you got for the premium over Massey or Agco, was the color. And my cat salesman friend, really didn't like dealing with the Ag line, being in the middle of three agco dealers farmers were always wanting to dicker on the price and see if they could get it for less than the agco dealers. On the harvest end of things, I'm not sure weather pre-delivery on the lexion combines was bad or what the deal was, but they always had at least service truck tied up with servicing combines. In contrast, on morning when I went to take a look at a piece of equipment, He had sold just over 2 mill in cat equipment. His entire Ag sales for the previous year was just over 3.5 mil. Economically it didn't make sense for finning (cat) to sell Ag equipment. So i think eventually that all cat dealers will quit selling Ag equipment.
In my opinion Acgo has a good product line. The really should let dealers sell what they can. How much more does it cost paint things orange or red? If they are concerned about market share, discontinuing one line or the other isn't going to help them increase market share. Its going to pi$$ off the consumer who may go some where Else.
On the combine side, Our last two combines were, a R62 followed by a Massey 9790. Both good machines. The gleaner was a very solid machine. I do feel however that the quality control on the Massey was a little lacking. Even looking at the equipment at the farm show, it doesn't seem quite a fit and finished as the Case or Deere. But it is getting better.
Gleaner makes a good machine, and if it does disappear, it won't be anytime soon, IMO. They have spent money on R&D on their R86 or what ever they are going to call it. They may be at a limit as to what the machine can do in its current configuration, but not every one needs a class 8, or 9 combine. And what we found when running the gleaner, a class 6 was pretty close to capacity of the competitions class 7 machines. So I hope they don't drop it, I want one.
I guess it probably doesn't matter to much what we all think, some idiot in an office looking at numbers and trends, will probably be the one who has the final say.