Fact Check

Fact Check: Top 3 Things Opponents of Safe, Sustainable Equipment Care Recently Got Wrong

By Natalie Higgins
Vice President of Government Relations & General Counsel, EDA
Oct. 22, 2018


Opponents of safe, sustainable practices designed to service cutting-agricultural equipment recently published misleading information about farmers’ and other end-users’ ability to perform service and repair on their machinery.

The truth is manufacturers (including AGCO, Case New Holland, John Deere, and Kubota) have invested considerable resources in innovations resulting in cutting-edge agricultural equipment helping farmers and ranchers to minimize downtime and maximize the productivity of their machinery. However, special interest groups have recently, and unnecessarily, called for rules and regulations that would make providing those innovations harder.

These facts dispel some of their most recent myths:

1) FACT: Manufacturers and dealers have committed to provide access to service manuals, produce guides, on-board diagnostics and other information that will help end users identify and repair problems with their machinery. This commitment includes access to diagnostic tools and replacement parts are already available.

2) FACT: End users do not need to modify embedded code to perform repairs. The modification of embedded code is not routine. Agricultural equipment is designed to comply with all applicable safety and emissions standards. The ability to modify to embedded code, in fact, is sought for inappropriate purposes such as circumventing safety and emissions standards and stealing intellectual property.

3) FACT: There are 17 states which have considered Right to Repair legislation. Each and every one of those states have rejected the legislation. The agricultural equipment industry’s commitment to end users obviates the need for these overly broad bills. The equipment industry has provided a common sense solution to a market demand.