Right To Repair

Syd. L

Farm Hand
Messages
49
I have been hearing that 25 states are working on legislation to give machinery owners the legal right to fix their own equipment. I think this is a step back into the right direction we used to be on.

What are your thoughts about R2R?
 

Holii

Farm Hand
Messages
73
Wait, what? You couldn't fix your own equipment before? I didn't know that. In what states was that? Why in the world would the Government care who fixes your equipment?
 

Trubadour

Farm Hand
Messages
45
Because outfits like John Deere and Novartis have lobby groups. These lobby groups donate heavily to political campaigns if the person running have their best interests at heart. That's why they care about farmers.
 

Almost Eden

Golden Chicken
Messages
158
Wait, what? You couldn't fix your own equipment before?
John Deere, and many other brands, require buyers to sign a contract stating that they will only hire an authorized mechanic to service the equipment. It's in the fine print. They put a computer chip or some other mechanism on their machines to keep you from fixing it yourself. These companies probably get a cut from the repair fee, and/or they charge mechanics for company required training, or just to simply have their name listed as an authorized mechanic. It's as though you're not really buying the machine, but are merely buying the right to use it.
 

RichZ

Bean Stalker
Messages
389
Wow, I never heard about this before. Most of my tractors have been older, the only new tractor I ever bought was a Kubota, and I've never had any problem working on it myself. Though, happily it's never needed anything but routine maintenance.
 

MartyR

Farm Hand
Messages
37
Wow, I never heard about this before. Most of my tractors have been older, the only new tractor I ever bought was a Kubota, and I've never had any problem working on it myself. Though, happily it's never needed anything but routine maintenance.
Maybe it's because you live in a liberal state (NY, right?) and the laws might differ between states on this issue. I could see California having more protections for their consumers too. The thing with John Deere was a big deal a couple of years ago, but I haven't heard anything about it since then.
 

RichZ

Bean Stalker
Messages
389
Maybe it's because you live in a liberal state (NY, right?) and the laws might differ between states on this issue. I could see California having more protections for their consumers too. The thing with John Deere was a big deal a couple of years ago, but I haven't heard anything about it since then.
OK, I guess that doesn't happen here in NY, but it shouldn't happen anywhere, no matter what the politics are.
 

Farmallh

Farm Hand
Messages
108
Makes sense now, I live in NY too. We have always had the right to fix our own machinery. When I read this I was like, what the heck!
 
 
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