Machinery dealers/manufactures, have they lost touch with farming reality?

An Gof

Had a call from a machinery manufacturers rep suggesting that it might be a really good time to change my machine (telehandler).
I explained that it was not on my “to do” list but that if the deal was right I might be persuaded.
so the dealer rep turns up and we go through the process. I’m expecting a deal that is too good to refuse .......... well that was a mistake 🤦
My machine has just turned 4 years old and has only done just over 1700 hours. Cost to change quoted at £35.5k 😮😮😮
What the manufacturer doesn’t realise is the damage this has done to my thoughts about the dealer and manufacturer.
So that’s a cost to change of almost £21/hr.
Do other forum members think that is reasonable or unaffordable? It is certainly far more than I expected.
Current machine will be staying with me for a good few years yet now 😉


Have changed recently but can’t help as to prices as we couldn’t get same model had to be bigger and bigger spec but was far mire than I was expected went elsewhere


We normally change our handler for under £10/hour. We are doing around 1500 hours per year though. Change every 2 years when tyres worn out and warranty finished. That's manitous, current machine 737.
We do roughly the same 3000 hrs and change ours is a 635 but we’re nearer £12/ hour with last machine! How do you work it out I just do cost to change divided by 3000 hrs so it’s always in Warranty so we have to service and fuel it


If you are only doing 400hrs a year it is going to cost a lot to change after 4 years isn’t it? I’m wondering how changing such a machine can stack up as a business decision?
Could be financed over the four years with warranty only have to service once yearly
We had 3 handlers over the years all were well used when bought , but didn't cost much. If we were still farming a new Chinese handler would now be parked in shed bought direct from manufacturer

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