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post #1 of 24 Old 09-01-2019, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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Are tractor sales down?

JD is offering 84 months no interest on small tractors, and the local dealer with multiple stores has many dozens of 2018 and 2019 units left over.



I have this funny feeling the boomer generation is slowing down, and the up and coming may have less money to spend on now very expensive property, or may have less interest owning land. I know I could no longer afford to buy the place I have been living in for 30 years. This slowdown seems to apply in some other areas as well, things that had a real boomer sales component.
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I think more people are just paying someone else to take care of their property for one thing...but even with the favorable financing terms, the prices for these things are crazy...and John Deere seems to have developed an unfavorable customer relations reputation....potential buyers, who years ago, would not consider anything but a JD are now considering alternatives..I think Kubotas, and the other Asian made ones are still selling pretty well
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I know that RV sales have been down over the last few years and that is one of the inducators that some economists look at as a sign of the economy slowing down overall. With the beating that farmers have been taking recently because of the tariffs I would imagine tractor sales are down overall as well.

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Or it means there are fewer old farts out there willing to spend 5 or 6 time what they paid on their first home on temporary living quarters. As for the economy slowing that has yet to be seen. In fact I am still waiting for it to improve.
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Everyone is hiring a lawn service. Its about the same price as doing it yourself. And think how much more free time you can spend with your kids and grand kids. Read this article below.

https://www.yourgreenpal.com/blog/mo...-pay-a-service

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The farmers have been taking a beating for the past 30 years or more. The tariffs are a ray of hope. The tariffs didn't start farmer suffering. I don't know how anybody can make a decent living at farming. Mother Nature is not cooperative and red meat, milk and corn are vilified foods.

Tractor sales are down but so are car sales. There is a reverse industrialization going on. The under 40 crowd doesn't want a car let alone a tractor. They are the Uber using, bike riding and bus taking generation.

Also someone else mentioned something on another thread. Baby boomer tractor buyers don't want to saddle their spouse with having to pay off an expensive tractor if they die.

In the future people won't even have manicured lawns anymore. Or they will have hybrid grass that doesn't grow more than an inch. Grass cutting does take a lot of time and uses a lot of fossil fuels. It is wasteful in a way. I love it though.
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The farmers have been taking a beating for the past 30 years or more. The tariffs are a ray of hope. The tariffs didn't start farmer suffering. I don't know how anybody can make a decent living at farming. Mother Nature is not cooperative and red meat, milk and corn are vilified foods.

Tractor sales are down but so are car sales. There is a reverse industrialization going on. The under 40 crowd doesn't want a car let alone a tractor. They are the Uber using, bike riding and bus taking generation.

Also someone else mentioned something on another thread. Baby boomer tractor buyers don't want to saddle their spouse with having to pay off an expensive tractor if they die.

In the future people won't even have manicured lawns anymore. Or they will have hybrid grass that doesn't grow more than an inch. Grass cutting does take a lot of time and uses a lot of fossil fuels. It is wasteful in a way. I love it though.
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What was the cause of the last sales slump, or the one before that, or the one in the early 1960s? Farmers, lawns, kids, and tractors of every type, all survived, in fact thrived taken as a whole.

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The farmers have been taking a beating for the past 30 years or more. The tariffs are a ray of hope. The tariffs didn't start farmer suffering. I don't know how anybody can make a decent living at farming. Mother Nature is not cooperative and red meat, milk and corn are vilified foods.

Tractor sales are down but so are car sales. There is a reverse industrialization going on. The under 40 crowd doesn't want a car let alone a tractor. They are the Uber using, bike riding and bus taking generation.

Also someone else mentioned something on another thread. Baby boomer tractor buyers don't want to saddle their spouse with having to pay off an expensive tractor if they die.

In the future people won't even have manicured lawns anymore. Or they will have hybrid grass that doesn't grow more than an inch. Grass cutting does take a lot of time and uses a lot of fossil fuels. It is wasteful in a way. I love it though.
Farmers have been taking it on the chin for a lot longer than 30 years...Read or watch The Grapes of Wrath...written in 1939
Last night there was a documentary on TV about a guy in Ohio...took over his grandfathers dairy farm...it takes a certain type of person to do that kind of work for uncertain reward
If people had the money to buy one of those big farm tractors and implements...they wouldn't have to work at all
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I am getting to the point where I would consider a lawn service but most want to put you on a regular schedule. That doesn't always work out well. There are times I can't mow due to heavy rain in the past few days, I haven't done any research on it yet but it would have be a lawn service I can work with.
I have always enjoyed maintaining my property. I have heated with wood the past 44 years but this will be my first year not doing that. We have been thinking a lot lately about downsizing so being a part of the baby boom generation I will have less need for all the equipment I have and won't be buying any in the future.
That article that was posted says a lawn service would do a better job than most of us can do for ourselves. I doubt I could afford a service that does all I do around my property and I doubt they would do it to my satisfaction. More reason to downsize.

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The Millennial crowd can't afford to move out of Mom & Dad's basement nor do they want to. As long as they have cell phone service. These kids aren't buying houses or cars either.

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The lawn mowing companies where I live have become so competitive that they drove the prices down. Neighbors have a half acre and being charged only $25. I may hire him. My brother has 2.25 acres he is charged only $60. My sister has an acre she is charged only $35. These prices include edging. Everyone I talk to say they can come once a week or every two weeks. Even three weeks if you don't need a cut. Like in July when its 95 and dry. They are flexible. I think this maybe the way to go.

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Everyone is hiring a lawn service. Its about the same price as doing it yourself. And think how much more free time you can spend with your kids and grand kids. Read this article below.

https://www.yourgreenpal.com/blog/mo...-pay-a-service
That wasn't an article, it was an infomercial for a lawn service company. Big difference!

Since I have been in Florida in various locations, I have seen the lawn care companies perform their tasks. To say that I am impressed with the performance and/or attention to detail, that would be wrong. From what I've seen, they are about on par with the State prisoners on the chain gang doing the highway right of way. I've asked the bossman for them to skip mine and even posted signs to that effect.
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That wasn't an article, it was an infomercial for a lawn service company. Big difference!

Since I have been in Florida in various locations, I have seen the lawn care companies perform their tasks. To say that I am impressed with the performance and/or attention to detail, that would be wrong. From what I've seen, they are about on par with the State prisoners on the chain gang doing the highway right of way. I've asked the bossman for them to skip mine and even posted signs to that effect.
You may have terrible people down there doing lawn work I guess because they have to do it all year long. Maybe that's all they do is cut grass. The ones up here do quality work from what I can see. They basically cut grass maybe two or three days a week and the other days they landscape, do tree work, install hardscapes, sprinklers, and patios which require more skills. As a result they are paid more and you have quality work.

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