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C/I Owners and the Story of Stuff

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..... Consider the number of these tractors that are 30 some years old and still running strong, many without fastidious maintenance. Those of us on this and other tractor sites understand the durability of the Case/Ingersoll and that is why we are delighted to acquire a 30-40 year old tractor and bring it back to top condition. Sadly this world has been consumed with the throwaway mentality and many manufacturers have fed this mindset by producing products that are guaranteed to die within a few short years and cannot be repaired. As a result most people looking for a tractor will walk right by a dingy looking Case and buy a shiny new big box store tractor. That's fabulous news for most of us because we can buy a good running Case for as little as $500 and know that with a little TLC it will be virtually as good as a $5000 new Ingersoll.

I stole this from another thread as it was a perfect lead in to a website that someone shared with me a few weeks back

Story of Stuff

Most of you may think that this should go off to the round table - off topic section; however, I placed it here as I find that the mind set of the people I have met (virtually of course) here is very much anti-stuff. In a way you all seem to have been living the anti-stuff lifestyle at least in some way for a while now - and better yet, the C/I product seems to be built against the "stuff" ethos as well.

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"Sadly this world has been consumed with the throwaway mentality"

I don't think it's QUITE that simple, at least in the context of tractors and equipment.

First, the average guy/ family using equipment, sometimes up into CUT or bigger, aren't mechanics. They may have been able to fix minor problems "back when" stuff was simple, but modern electronics has changed much of that

Second, manufacturers just don't support "stuff" the way they once did. I can certainly see a guy waltzing past an older used piece of gear thinking "I'll never get parts for THAT" A quick Google at Sears will show you that

Third, I don't think many dealers, including tractors, equipment, and automobiles, support properly trained repair facilities like they once did. Again, part of this may be cost--it simply takes more and more special tools and equipment than it once did. Even bicycle tools have gotten more complicated!!!!

Last, I think some of it was "the gravy train will never end" which of course we all saw this year---did end. I have a neighbor who's thrown out stuff the likes of which I've bought at a thrift store!!

When we sold our Farmall "Regular" a few years ago, I cranked it up and DROVE it on the trailer.
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