Competing with a big dog

Last year I test-drove a couple of new Steigers at a Case IH media event in Iowa. The brand was officially pulling the wraps off of the newest versions of their high-horsepower machines, which use a CVT transmission. That was just a few weeks ahead of their official public debut. And we machinery editors had

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Putting it to the test

If you read my blog entry of a few weeks ago, you’ll be aware I recently enrolled in a driving school to finally get my Class One driver’s licence. This past week that long-time goal of having a “1” written in the classification box on my wallet card finally came to fruition. I’m now legally

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A taxing time

A few days ago, an article appeared in one of the financial publications, which quoted Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor known as “The Oracle”. Think long term and don’t follow the ups and downs of market trends more closely than necessary were his reported comments. In other words, keep calm and carry on. That was

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Time to sign on the DOTted line?

In the past month or so, it seems there have been no end of public guestimations from pundits about when North American roads will be taken over by autonomous cars and trucks. Of course the estimates vary wildly. I’ve seen opinions ranging anywhere from next week to never. And while all that broader discussion is

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Virtual machinery shows

One of the things I constantly hear from equipment brand representatives is that for them to have a presence at the numerous farm equipment shows across North America, the associated costs chew up a lot of their annual marketing budget. That topic came to the fore at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina a couple

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Mid-life crisis?

I think the 1970s deserved the title of “decade of the truck”. (Take my word for it. I was there!) For starters, there was the CB radio craze, which even developed its own language. And there must have been a semi-trailer truck incorporated into the plot of a TV show, at least once per evening.

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Right to repair

Every car and light truck built since the 1996 model year comes with an OBD II (on-board diagnostics) plug-in port, which allows any mechanic to communicate with the on-board ECM. That’s the computer that controls the engine operating parameters. If there’s a problem, just plug in one of those OBD II (II because it’s the

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Form or function?

As a prairie farm kid in the ‘70s, there were times when my brother and I had had enough of “The Tommy Hunter Show” and “Sing-along Jubilee” and wanted to get a look at some different TV shows. (Not that they were bad shows, but you know what I mean. We were kids.) To try

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The century year

There was probably some cake in the lunchrooms during the afternoon break at Ford’s Dearborn, Michigan, plant and offices on July 27th last year. (Well, I’m guessing there was.) Why? Because that day marked the 100th anniversary of Ford truck production. A red letter day for the brand to be sure. To meet demand for

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Farm long and prosper

David Yee, vice president of operations at PAMI (the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute), titled his presentation to an audience at Manitoba Ag Days in Brandon on Wednesday referencing two iconic names: “Star Wars and Star Trek, How Precision Ag May Land in the Farm of the Future”. He believes the high-tech fantasy realities in those

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