Thats it. Cheaper to make a batch of things, and then move on to something else, and not worry about parts diagrams, repair parts supply, and so on.
That's the American way. A paint company I once worked for did that about 20 years ago. Got rid of all the book keepers, which was fairly easy since the computerization of the whole billing AP/AR process.Don't forget that many things today are made to be used, tossed, and replaced.
Like high paid employees. My company just announced they are shitcanning the finance and accounting employees and transferring all of the finance and accounting to India where the highest paid accountants make a whopping $2.50 an hour. So next month they are starting with 150 employees getting WARN notices. (Not me thankfully)
I use my neighbors old Deere when I need a tractor. I'm guessing it is from the 70's. Big ass 4WD. Back when they weren't made of plastic. Back when they knew how to build them. When they weren't full of electronics and air conditioning. The old ones just keep going and they're tuff as hell. But, he has moved. Off to retire in a neighborhood and his tractor is gone. I guess I'll have to get my own now. lolObsolescence wasn’t always with us.
I realize living in Iowa, it’s ground zero for tractors, but I’m continually astounded at how much equipment from the 30s to the 70s is still in use. The big boys don’t use it but every swingin dick like me who doesn’t farm professionally does.
I just helped my neighbor today with baling hay. He was using a McCormick baler I’d guess was from the 60s pulled by a Farmall H from the mid 50s.
Neighbor is 82. I’ve never seen anyone under the age of 60 who really knew how to fine tune a baler.
Your family's ranch isn't near the Ewing's ranch by any chance is it? 🤣around here, the big farmers are using NEW John Deere tractors for the most part, but on the ranching side where tractors are used as tools to assist in building fence, putting out hay, discing fire breaks down fence lines and shredding, the purely mechanical tracts are in extremely high demand, with the 4440 being the one that everyone wants.
In our family ranch's case, the capitol expenditure for this year is going to be used for drilling a new water well as one of our current wells has collapsed casing (it was drilled in the late 30's). That alone is going to cost 20K, hence why I'm fixing the tractor myself as there simply isn't $$ to fix it.
Your family's ranch isn't near the Ewing's ranch by any chance is it? 🤣