Farmers are buying 40-year-old tractors because they’re actually repairable
Tractors built in 1980 or earlier are causing bidding wars at auctions. Why are old tractors suddenly a hot commodity? Because their repairs are simple enough that farmers can fix the tractors themselves — typically without taking on too much of an expense.
Like tractors, cars are also becoming increasingly complex, which could make them difficult or impossible for independent shops to repair. The fight for the Right to Repair is a global campaign aimed at enabling independent shops to repair all sorts of appliances, from laundry machines to phones to tractors and vehicles. In April 2021, the Alliance will rally in Washington, D.C. to fight for our right to repair.
Read the full story, “For tech-weary Midwest farmers, 40-year-old tractors now a hot commodity” in the Star Tribune.