Manufacturers bring this type of backlash on themselves. Their goal is to make money, not sell tractors that owners can repair. If I paid $250K for a tractor, it had better come with all the manuals and access to the computer system so I could diagnose and repair it myself, otherwise I would pass on their equipment.Auto manufacturers tried the same thing years ago. They got the Magneson Moss act for their troubles.
We got the cost of factory manuals run up out of site but at least we could buy them if we wanted.
As much as we all hate government intervention it's stuff like this that makes it necessary.
I bought a brand new 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It was about three months old when I broke down between Memphis and Nashville. (On my way back home to Ohio.) I just barely made it to a rest area and was able to get a tow and a ride back to Memphis. I spent two days in a motel there while the dealer replaced the bad coil under warrantee. The motel wasn't covered.I was staying in a motel about 20 years ago when a woman checked in driving a brand new BMW convertible. She was traveling from New Brusnwick to Quebec and had trashed a tire... she was stranded for several days while waiting for a replacement tire. If I spend 60K (in 2004) for a car I wouldn't own it long when that happened.
We don't need access to the "software". We just need definitions of error codes.JD is like any other software company,, if JD creates software, JD, or any other software developer should not be required to "give away" access to the software.
But we should have the option none the less.Farm equipment today is very complicated and very expensive. Very few people who owns a late model tractor, combine, etc posses neither the tools nor expertise to fix or repair.
What happens when they short something out and turns a 500 dollar repair on a 300,000 thousand dollar combine into a 100,000 thousand dollar repair.