Country music has been around for quite some time, and generally every artist seems to follow the same underlying themes. One such theme that is often sung about is farming and agriculture. Everyone who grew in farm towns knew how easily you could relate to these hits.
One song that always struck up interesting debate was Jason Aldean’s Big Green Tractor. In the song he says “I can take you for a ride on my big green tractor. We can go slow or make it go faster. Down through the woods and out to the pasture. ‘Long as I’m with you it really don’t matter.” Note that he calls it a green tractor, insinuating that it is a John Deere. This song can sometimes start a heated dispute between John Deere and Case IH fan boys/girls. People tend to be pretty loyal to the brand of tractor they farm with, and can get infuriated when a naysayer comes along.
Of course there are other brands such as AGCO and Caterpillar, but none have quite the magnitude of rivalry that Deere and Case do. Most of the time, brand usage and loyalty are passed down from the prior generations. In some cases one trade name may work better in a certain application, but usually horsepower and torque ratings are pretty close to identical throughout the models.
Founded in 1837, John Deere has been around for quite some time. The company has adapted over the years with the constantly driving technological force. They have embraced those changes and have tried to help those connected to the land. John Deere’s core values are integrity, quality, commitment and innovation. Founded in 1842, Case IH became a global leader in agricultural equipment. Case IH is a brand of CNH, which is a majority owner of the Fiat Group. Their values are developing the most powerful, productive, reliable equipment to meet today’s needs. When looking to buy a tractor, you have to keep your family’s lineage in mind. Where they came from, where they are going and how they are going to get there are all very important factors
Both offer great machines and have many excellent benefits. John Deere’s keep their value particularly well. So, if you plan on selling the tractor down the line, it is always a good choice. That being said, Case IH tends to have a considerably lower price tag, making it attractive to the smaller or beginning farmer. Both brands are widely available across North America and parts are readily obtainable.
When it comes down to the brass tax, it is all about personal preference. Although, rarely do you see the next generation of farmer disown a brand that has been in their family for years. Ancestry in my opinion is the leading factor for which make of tractor the farmers choose.
What do you think? John Deere or Case IH .. and why?
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