Re: 9400T yes or no
I bleed green, but the early model 9400T's have engine reliability problems. The later models with the Powershift were more reliable. As much as I love green, the Cat/AGCO MT8X5's are a lot more tractor - for a lot more $.
As an accountant for a ultra large farming operation, running ~60 Row Crop Belted tractors and ~20 Heavy Tillage Belted tractors (both JD & Cat), I have noticed that when the hydraulic/transmission/steering components shell out and are replaced, that a second, subsequent hydraulic/transmission/steering repair occurs within a few hundred hours or less of the first breakdown. Frequently, some of the same high priced parts ($1,000+) are replaced. This doesn't happen everytime, but frequently enough that it caught my attention when reviewing Work Orders.
My theory is that during the component failure, metal grindings are pumped throughout these systems. When the initial repair is performed, the mechanic (attempting to keep the cost of the repair to a minimum), only replaces the obviously broken components and leaves the remaining components unchecked, but possibly full of grindings. While it would increase the cost of the initial repair, it would be cheaper in the long run to have the mechanic inspect the other components for contamination while they are easily accessible and thoroughly flush the systems.
Has anyone else experienced this or observed secondary breakdowns after major repairs?