THE RIGHT TO REPAIR MOVEMENT: WHAT’S YOUR STANCE?

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Do you think of yourself at Tim “the tool man” Taylor from Home Improvement? Do you take pride in your equipment?  Do you like to fix it yourself when repairs are needed?    “I don’t think so Tim!”  Stop right there because those dreams are being crushed right before your “I don’t need to take it to a shop, I can fix this tractor myself” eyes.  A small advocacy group in Nebraska has published an op-ed promoting what is commonly known as “Right to Repair” legislation.  They are debating that Right to Repair will point to heightened competition and decreased prices for consumers.  This movement is questioning the ability of manufacturers to keep copyrighted software and other technical information and products in the hands of only an authorized dealer network. This means that if the owner’s equipment needs repairs an authorized dealer is where it needs to go instead of the owner being allowed to fix it. This legislation does little to protect the consumers and instead threatens both safety and environmental protections.

Farmers are now fighting back to regain control of their equipment. Currently New York, Massachusetts, Nebraska, and Minnesota are participating in the Fair Repair legislation.  It’s a proposed legislation that would require the manufacturers of farming equipment to provide diagnostic, technical and service information to farmers and independent mechanics.

Right now manufacturers are using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to block farmers and heavy equipment owners from repairing their own machinery. How can you the farmer help?

Farmers can start by contacting whoever represents the legislature for that state. Tell them that you want the right to repair your equipment and support a bipartisan Fair Repair Bill.  Repair should be fair, affordable, and accessible.  It’s good for he consumers, the environment, and good for businesses.

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The Best Uses for Construction Equipment on the Farm

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Skidsteer

Skidsteers are beneficial for many aspects on the farm – whether it’s cleaning out calf pens to stacking hay bales to carrying livestock (they can be stubborn sometimes!).

Check out this video of a hay operation picking up large bales using a skidsteer.

Forklifts

Forklifts make the lifting easy when it comes to doing anything from stacking pallets or moving them to lifting heavy equipment (hey you never know!).

Check out how this farmer uses Forklifts on his sod farm.

Graders

Graders are the go-to piece of equipment when you need to create any type of surface area – whether that’s a flat ground, ditch, or lines for drainage tile.

Now, you won’t need something this big, but check this grader out!

Backhoes

Backhoes are useful for a lot on the farm but primarily, they’re needed for digging holes for new buildings, fences, or tree removal.

Check out this one in action – perfect for the smaller farms.

Forestry equipment

Cutting down trees to clear some land? Or are you considering getting into the timber business? Either way – forestry equipment is a necessity for quickly and safely cutting down and removing trees.

Check out how this equipment combined with a skidsteer makes tree removal easy and fun!

For more construction equipment needs, start your search on Fastline.com today!

How to Buy A SkidSteer

9f45edbe-4f53-4d2d-b5e3-db2910c85ec3Is it time to upgrade that helping hand? Or are you just looking to get yourself started with the beauty that is a skidsteer? Either way -we’ve got some tips to help you with buying or upgrading!

  1. Figure out what you’re wanting to do with it. what types of chores will you be accomplishing with a skidsteer? This will help you determine any contraints or physcial requirements you should look for.
  2. Vertical vs. Radial lift – once you’ve determined the chores that you will be looking to do with a skidsteer, you can then determine whether you’ll need vertical or radial lift. Vertical will benefit you if most of what you do is eye level or above. Radial will help with those lower level/below eye level jobs.
  3. Attachments – a wide variety of attachments are available for may different tasks. The most important thing to pay attention to is that the attachment will fit the skidsteer that you’ve got in mind and vice versa.
  4. Tires – know the terrain that you’ll be covering and factor that in as well. You want to make sure your skidsteer will have the right tires for where you need it to go.
  5. Maintenance – as with every piece of equipment, maintenance will be necessary. If you’re planning on doing maintenance yourself, then it is important to pay attention to what you would be comfortable and familiar with doing and fixing.
  6. Hydraulics – depending on the attachment(s) that you have in mind, you will need to make sure the hydraulics match up. Most skidsteers come with a standard hydraulic package, but if you are wanting to do something a bit more intense, you may need to upgrade your hydraulics.
  7. Resale – it’s good to keep resale value in the back of your mind, even if you want to keep the skidsteer for years and years. You never know what circumstances, good or bad, may arise causing you to have to resell.
  8. Try them out – don’t be afraid to kick a few tires on different models. This is quite the investment you’re making. Go to several dealerships to get a feel for all of your options.

Let Fastline.com help you start your shopping journey to your next Skidsteer!

Tips to Buying a Small Tractor on Fastline.com

30373784_xxl.jpgAre you in the market for a small tractor and not quite sure where to start? Let Fastline and our vast search options help you find the right one!

First let’s start with the most important question – cab or no cab? Knowing whether you want air conditioning or want to brave the elements will help you get an idea of where to go.

Next up – what type of engine would you prefer. On Fastline.com you can choose between all options, 2WD, 4WD, Track, MFW/FWA or other.

Next up – what are you going to be doing with it? Plan out how you’ll need to use the tractor to make sure you’re getting the right one. Determining the size, horse power and loading capabilities will all be crucial tasks and something that Fastline can help narrow your search for.

How do you want to buy it? From a dealer or privately owned? New or used? How far are you willing to travel for it? Whichever criteria are chosen, you can narrow your search to meet it on Fastline.com.

Finally – and most importantly – compare the brands before you buy. You can choose to compare John Deere and Kubota, Mahindra and Case IH or anything in between.

Do you feel ready to start your small tractor search? Head to Fastline.com today!

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Introducing Equipment Hunter- A New Way to Search Equipment

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Fastline is excited to announce the newest addition to your equipment search arsenal – Equipment Hunter. This new feature is here to revolutionize your equipment search.

Equipment Hunter features 3 main options to make your search for farm equipment easier – targeted and managed equipment search; price alerts so that you never miss a good priced piece of equipment; and customized email and text alerts so that you are always in the know.

To go with the many options you get with Equipment Hunter, you can receive a free 30 day trial to kick the tires a bit. Once you sign up, you will receive a free online classified listing  – a $50 value!

See why Equipment Hunter is Equipment. Found. For You. Today!

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