Agreement aims to speed tractor repairs
When the engine on his tractor started to heat up and went into emergency shutdown, San Joaquin County farmer David Strecker could see what the problem was: a $40 fan belt that took him less than an hour to replace. Still, he had to wait six hours for a technician to come out and get his tractor back up and running.
"It was a very simple problem," he said. "But since the tractor had gone through an emergency shutdown, it had to be unlocked. Time is money, and downtime can make or break a season."
As farm equipment becomes more high-tech and computerized, diagnosing and fixing even simple problems often requires farmers to rely on equipment dealers' shops to do the work, resulting in longer downtimes and lost productivity.