Most people would never buy a house without a thorough inspection by a trained professional, so why should it be any different with a pre-owned combine? That’s what Troy Atwood of Cisne, Illinois thought when he was in the market to upgrade his combine.
Atwood purchased a 2013 LEXION 780TT combine in June of 2015 from Altorfer Ag Products Sales Representative Jason Simpson, and the machine has been nothing short of impressive for Atwood Farms. That’s because the used combine is part of LEXION’S Field Ready Reconditioned Program, designed to give farmers “peace of mind” when purchasing a used combine. This program ensures the machine is put through a 250-point inspection, requiring 7-8 hours of labor, and includes fluid analysis and visual inspections of all critical components:
- Fluid Level Checks
- Cleaning Separation Area
- Cab/Operator’s Platform
- Front Feederhouse
- Left Side
- Right Side
- Engine Compartment/Grain Tank
- Rear Straw Chopper
Once the inspection is complete, Altorfer Ag Products makes all repairs associated with the service agreement and backs the purchase with LEXION’s 500-Hour sysCARE Coverage. This coverage includes all major components and other specified areas of the combine. An Altorfer Ag Sales Representative can also provide a Warranty Coverage Statement which details all warrantable items on the machine.
Atwood explains that this warranty was a major deciding factor in his purchase of a used combine.
“The Field Ready Program really gave me the confidence to buy a used machine,” says Atwood. “The warranty program took a lot of pressure off making a major investment like this.”
A reconditioned combine also comes with many of the amenities you might only expect to find on a combine with that “new combine smell,” including:
- A new CLAAS seat cover
- 13-piece wrench set
- Variator belt removal bolts
- Tensioner removal nut
- Panel wrench
- Training DVD’s with helpful tips and tricks
- Detailed videos on how to inspect the machine at 10, 50, 100, 500 hour points
Altorfer Ag Sales Representative Jason Simpson agrees that the program gives farmers the assurance that they typically don’t receive when buying used equipment.
“With the sysCARE warranty covering all major component failures, the LEXION Field Ready Program gives farmers confidence that the machine is ready to roll,” says Simpson. “This says a lot about CLAAS because they’re standing behind their used combines – that’s a huge benefit to the customer.”
Atwood currently farms 5,000 acres of corn, beans and wheat with the help of his two sons who will likely take over the family farm like he did in 2009. And so far, all three have been pleased with the like-new machine.
“I’ve had the combine for almost a year and have been very impressed with the machine,” explains Atwood. “I’m impressed with the capacity and the track system – the way it carries itself through the field.”
With nearly 25 years of experience, the proud farmer extends some words of advice to future farmers like his sons:
“Find farmers that have like operations to yours. Find out what has worked and what hasn’t. Sometimes what hasn’t worked is just as helpful as what has worked,” says Atwood. “And also, appreciate every day because it’s a great way to make a living!”