Given the ease of acquiring the applications necessary to modify power and emissions features across the equipment and vehicle industry, many people seem surprised to find it’s a violation of the Clean Air Act to manufacture, sell or install parts that bypass, defeat or render inoperative any emissions control device.
Tinkering with tractors has taken on new life in the face of technology. Increased productivity and reduced downtime replace the simplicity of hands-on repairs. This evolution brought about by technology sparked the heated debate over a customer’s Right-to-Repair equipment taking the country by storm.
From the outside looking in, people are often surprised how advanced technology dominates the equipment landscape. Notebook computers with complex software are now the tool of choice to diagnose and in some cases adjust, reset or make minor repairs. More comprehensive diagnostics and repairs require authorized providers to service machinery in person.
Far West equipment dealers convinced Wyoming legislators in February that WY HB 91, the “Right to Repair Farm Equipment,” would have unintended, negative consequences as written. The Wyoming measure, aimed directly at the ag equipment industry, is among 19 “Right-to-Repair” bills introduced in statehouses across the country in the past year that would force manufacturers…