We came mighty close to overheating our tractor engine. If it wasn’t for all the electronic sensors, we might have had a real problem. The tractor is not only our work horse on the property it is also our backup power plant in the winter time during the seemingly endless cloudy days.
Watching the video, you will see how a modern day tractor looks under the bonnet. There isn’t much room to work and what was once an easy fix has become way more complicated. Today, it is becoming extremely difficult for a home amateur mechanic to fix simple issues with their tractor. It would be nice if there could be a blend of modern and an owner’s ability to work on their own machines.
There has been much debate on farmers not being able to do what their father’s once did. If the tractor broke, the farmer fixed it sometimes right in the middle of the field. Today, specialists needs to be called, and a computer hooked up to the tractor that a farmer is not allowed to purchase or possess to diagnose their own problems. Some farmers are relying on computer hackers to give them access to their own tractor’s computers, so they can fix their own problems without paying expensive rates.
Luckily today’s issue was a simple belt replacement. If it was anything computer related, I would be at the mercy of the dealership. My wife and I have debated purchasing an older tractor just to use as a generator and leaving the Kioti tractor to continue the ground and tree management on the property.
We love our tractor and it has saved our backs from much wear and tear. We use it to do our heavy lifting, moving dirt, cleaning the chicken coup, logging firewood, and grading the land for our future shop pad. My only regret about my tractor is I should have purchased it sooner.