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1960s International 4568 Turbo.

While doing a little research on this model, I came across some farmers discussing this on a forum in 2011. It was fun, with un-punctuated and uniquely constructed comments like, "...believe me [the engines] are not bullet proof [,] spend all winter tearing them down to the frame and starting over" and "Another bad thing about these engines ,,,,case ih college boys decided thet [sic] need not to sell parts for these !!!!!! funny thing can go to a John Deere dealer and get parts for a tractor built in 1930 ,,,far as im concearned [sic] the case ih college boys should be prosecuted"

ih = International Harvester. The use of "college boys" is a derisive one about what they consider overly educated engineers and the arrogance of making parts impossible to replace - unlike John Deere.

I was surprised to see that this issue began so long ago - nine years - in farming equipment. I have read that there is an enormous market for 1970s and even older John Deere farm equipment, because they do sell parts. The newer trend has been to make farm equipment repairable only at the dealership. So, on top of spending, say, $100,000 on a tractor, the financially strapped farmer can't even fix the thing himself after the warranty is up - which was customary until the '70s or 80s. In addition, he cannot stop planting or harvesting for two weeks while a dealer schedules work on his equipment.

Quotes are from: www.redpowermagazine.com/forums/topic/65803-4568-wpicture

Rod Burkey, Don Barrett (aka DBs travels), Leon_Vienna, kiiti and 5 other people have particularly liked this photo


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 polytropos
polytropos club
Well, I guess this is a general problem. Cars, machines, household equipment, ... everything is full of electronics and shrink-wrapped in plastic and cheap made in China, so it's impossible for you to fix anything yourself.
I was just thinking about those old cars in Cuba. The market there is slowly becoming saturated with new cars that are also full of electronics. It will be impossible to repair them for all the "tinkerers" in Cuba.
4 months ago.
Diane Putnam club has replied to polytropos club
It will be a shock for them when the cars start wearing out. Maybe they will adapt, somehow, and learn to make little circuit boards, and so on. (Not likely!) Or, build new "analog" engines to put into the cars. (That seems more likely.)
4 months ago.
 Léopold
Léopold club
Turbo as well in addition ! Un mastodonte imposant !
4 months ago.
 Diane Putnam
Diane Putnam club
Mastadon - haha! Thank you for the star and the laugh.
4 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Built in obsolescence.................not only a problem in farming!
4 months ago.
Diane Putnam club has replied to Keith Burton club
So true! However, I was shocked to have my last laptop for 10 years, the longest by far of any other I've owned. My current one cost about $350. I wonder how long it's got.
3 months ago.

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