Quote:If your precious John Deere combines,God forbid, were taken away from you and you couldn't get another, what kind of combine would you go to?
Always something i wanted to know.
Since this is a new thread I'm not sure who your directing this question to, I guess all John Deere owners?
O, by the way my Deere's not all that precious to me. Like all farm equipment it's only capital.
Timely question for us as our JD 8820 w/930F was destroyed by fire in a beanfield on Sept 29.No personal injuries or crop loss but the machine is a total loss.Precious? I wouldn't say that about it but after running her for 14 seasons we got to know her well.
We'll probably get another Deere since our cornhead is still adaptable to even the latest Deere has to offer we're told.And we know our dealer well and the resaleability of the brand.Parts are getting harder to get though and Deere needs to reopen the Bloomington Mn. parts depot to cure this problem.But...back to the question.
If not a Deere then we'd go CaseIH if for no other reason than our favorite CIH dealer 70 miles E. of us in Redwood Falls MN.--Schoffman's,Inc. www.schoffmans.com . We've done business with them for 31 years and our good friend Pat and his crew are tops in sales,service and parts availability. And Pat always greets us at the door when we walk in.Any machine needs to have a strong dealer behind it.
Next on the list would be a Lexion. Claas builds a stout,well engineered machine but....I tink we'll see changes for this brand and it's dealership makeup.
Next I might try a Massey Rotary.We know a farmer who probably has more money than God and can and does pay cash for the latest and greatest technology but he keeps on running one of the 1st Massey Rotaries w/ a 6-row JD cornhead on the front.If it works for him then it's a good machine.
We have some time to look and today we went to 4 different Deere dealers.Each told us if we wanted a new Deere we'd have to order it by the end of next week to get delivery by mid-Sept '08.I wonder what's going on with that? Is it strong demand or just restricting production? Hmmmm.
We farm with many brands and aren't "color blind" so we could consider something else.