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    Default Re: OK, now I'm really confused

    Quote Originally Posted by Teikas Dad View Post
    Sleep?....Sleep? Who's got time to sleep?! I'm either looking out the front window for the delivery truck or I'm out in the barn getting the new baby's room ready. I've already painted it kubota orange and have filters and lube supplies all lined up ready to go on the changing table in case the baby needs a diaper...oops, I mean a filter change.

    When I'm not doing that I'm on my wife's John Deere lawnmower. I duct taped a shovel to a 2X4 at a 45 degree angle and ziptied it to the rear of the lawn tractor sticking up like a backhoe. Then I took a couple pieces of 1 inch pipe and duct taped them to the hood with a cardboard box cut in half on the front like a front end loader. I painted the John Deere orange and I'm driving around the yard making tractor noises! I already had a long talk with the John Deere and explained to him even though there's a new baby coming we will still love him....it's just that the new baby will require a little more attention.

    Sleep?....who's got time to sleep? I'll sleep when I'm dead! I've got a new Kubota coming!!!!
    If it hasn't shipped yet you can send a private message to JOHNTHOMAS. He practically lives at Barlows and I think he may be willing to take a picture or two of it as it's being built. I'm not usually the type of person to say what someone else would do but John is a real nice guy.
    Kubota L4240,Case 580K backhoe, Case 450 Dozer

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    Electric hour meters are usually through an oil pressure switch. My L5740, key on listening to the radio, no hours. Leave it idling while I work outside the tractor, it accumulates hours. The old style "hours at xxxx rpm went out when they invented electricity. The 806 Farmall we got in 1963 was that way but the 70's and 80's Farmalls my nephew still runs have electric hour meters, all of have long ago bit the dust. My RTV 900XT, however, has a key on hour meter. Right now I estimate true hours by subtracting 83 from the actual meter reading, and my wife and I now make it a point to toss the key in a cup holder every time we shut off the engine.
    JD7720; KubotaM135GX; NH TS115A; JD6230; KubotaL5740

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    Default Re: OK, now I'm really confused

    Quote Originally Posted by CBW1999 View Post
    Well, if you do the service yourself it costs less, much less than having the dealership do it. So- yeah they do make quite a bit of money on it. I do like the idea of getting all those goodies thrown in as part of the initial deal. There are only so many hats one can own....
    Gosh, maybe we ought to start a thread on how to bargain politely and effectively!! Coming from a rural background where the value of almost everything from crops, livestock, wages, land use, and equipment purchases is always negotiated, it sure did surprise me to find just how little of that was done in big cities. Of course that was half a century ago. The world is faster now and it does take time to enjoy bargaining. It is - or should be - an enjoyable social pastime.

    Back to specifics, routine service is one of those things that make a nice penny for the dealer without costing him much. There's no real downside for him, so it's a nice thing to include in tractor purchases. Bargaining is all about finding things that are more valuable to one party than the other.

    For example, the dealer probably has his own money tied up in the new implements on his lot, but very little in the used ones - and used ones work pretty much the same as new ones.

    Most dealers rent implements and there's something with a real negotiable value. Along those lines, I know of one dealer who has keeps some "loaner" implements for the use of people who buy his tractors....but you do have to ask. That's a powerful negotiating tool for him, and probably not unique to his dealership. Certainly worth asking about, though.

    Quote Originally Posted by CBW1999 View Post
    (Concerning the hour meter versus RPM discussion)......Wouldn't it be nice to have some type of ability to see all that variable data. Unfortunately, another added expense
    Now there's an idea for a home business! Right now tractors seem to be fixated on displaying "total operating time". But retrofitting the traditional measurement of "engine hours" couldn't be all that hard.
    It could be a separate device or maybe a mod to the existing instrument. The "intellipanel" on my kubota knows the engine rpm, PTO rpm, operating time, and how to do basic arithmetic. It can display basic diagnostic data (and nag me about service) - which means it already has more than all the info it needs. It wouldn't surprise me to find that the intellipanel has an updateable chip...I don't know if that's true, but Kubotas does call it an "intellipanel", so at least the implication is there.
    Does anyone know?
    good luck to all those new tractor buyers out there
    rScotty
    Pride of place goes to our 2 cylinder John Deer 530. With her loader, PS, clutched PTO, and remote hydraulics she's as modern & useful today as 50 years ago. And has a more comfortable seat, too.
    A Kubota M59 & a JD310SG for TLB work....giving us options on doing heavy jobs.
    We'll not forget Mr. Big & Mrs. Little - 33 & 16 hp Yanmars - now gone.
    And a line-up of well-used implements that still work better than they look.


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    Not sure how much there is to the Intellipanel but the ECMs on most common rail Diesel engines contain a lot of information that can be accessed with the right computer software and connector. I mean things like engine hours, percentage of time in each of several defined speed ranges (1200 -1300, 1300 - 1400, etc.), percentage of time in a specific power band, highest engine temperature, highest engine speed (has it been oversped going downhill being pushed by a load for example), total fuel used, fuel burn rate. And most newer Cat equipment except the smaller building construction products transmits the major information back to the dealer and if the dealer is on the ball, they can call you and tell you a machine is being run while overheating or some similar thing. If your machine is stolen, they can also tell you where to find it unless the thief knows how to defeat the system. Beats the heck out of a meter that tells you 1,050 hours at 2100 rpm.
    JD7720; KubotaM135GX; NH TS115A; JD6230; KubotaL5740

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