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May 27, 2017
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#DeereAMS Q&A Spring 2017

Long overdue for Q&A post.. here’s an update on the things I saw this Spring, 2017..

 

I do have to say the software this spring has been great. Unless you have a very specific reason not to update software, I highly recommend updating your 2630 display and 3000 / 6000 receiver. I had one 2630 that for whatever reason would not AutoTrac on last spring’s software, so it was backdated. Updated said display this spring and no problems at all.  Even had very minimal problems with Apex, but the software changes there have been very minuscule for some time.

Note: If you do your own updates, I’d highly recommend the method I went over in this YouTube video:

(many folks seemed to have difficulties with updates failing when hooked to SeedStar planters this spring)

 

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February 25, 2017
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Precision Ag and Farm Equipment on eBay

A few quick thoughts and things to watch for on eBay…

 

Used Precision Ag items on eBay

You need to be very careful buying used Precision Ag items on eBay.
The issue isn’t so much about sellers not providing what they said they would, it’s buyers not getting what they expected.

You CANNOT buy a BASICS activation for an GreenStar 2/3/4 display.. you CANNOT activate anything or even make a map without BASICS
– They can be transferred however, but the donor won’t have BASICS
– Many times these are displays that have been replaced under warranty and didn’t go back or get destroyed like they should have

Watch out for displays and receivers from other countries
– AMS products are region locked  (North America one region.. three other regions for the rest of the world)
– Some of these may actually work, but it’s a huge risk and they might not be able to be software updated

On the flip side of this, I have purchased several harnesses and brackets off eBay at a nice savings and had no problems. I have also sold a couple items for a great price as well due to eBay. ATU’s in particular seem to sell for almost new price.

Long story short, used AMS tends to resell very good. If something goes for half normal price, it’s probably for a reason.

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February 11, 2017
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Rant: Ag Website Design Going Backwards

 

Hey marketing and website design people.. wake the heck up and stop making websites worse

I’ve been browsing many equipment and technology websites lately, and I have to say I’m really disappointed a lot of the website redesigns.

It never ceases to amaze me when equipment dealers and other Ag businesses spend tens of thousands of dollars to “modernize” their web sites and they end up with a barely functional website which looks like some kind of cross between Facebook and a crappy photo gallery.

 

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January 30, 2017
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Art of the Ag Equipment Deal

So you want one hell of a deal on a piece of farm equipment?
You’d better be prepared to do the work to get that deal.

There are many factors that effect your ability to get a good deal on farm equipment. Here are my thoughts on how to get a good deal on farm equipment:

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January 29, 2017
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Cheap Unlimited 4G Internet?

Around a year ago, I stumbled on some online discussion of a cheap source for internet access that seemed too good to be true. An unlimited hotspot device that uses cellular 4G technology to deliver unlimited internet for $10-20 a month seemed impossible; and even tax deductible as a charity donation too? But as I found out over the last few days, these options are real, and it works… If you have really good Sprint cellular data coverage.

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January 6, 2017
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For Sale: 2001 John Deere 930F Platform [Consignment]

Make John Deere
Model 930F
Year 2001
Location New Paris, Indiana
Price $9,150 OBO — includes Unverferth HT30 Header Trailer
Contact See pictures for contact information

 

I have on consignment a John Deere 930F Platform. I sold the platform to its current owner while I worked for the local JD Dealer in 2011. In December 2016 the owners upgraded to a 635F to run on their 9670 STS combine. This head was also run on a 9650 Walker machine as well. Nothing major wrong with the header, they just wanted to upgrade to something a little newer and bigger. Has been stored under a three sided shed. Ran no more than 150 acres of soybeans per year since 2011.

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November 28, 2016
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The Internet Connected Security Camera Conundrum

I’ve been researching IP (internet protocol) security cameras lately, and I’ve arrived at the conclusion that a perfect one does not exist. I guess that shouldn’t be a surprise with any piece of technology, but it’s especially prevalent in the fast evolving home security sector. Here’s some ideas of what I have been researching and some common sense tips. Let me know what you think / what experiences you’ve had.

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November 20, 2016
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4K TV’s – A Few Notes of Caution

I’ve had several questions about 4K TV’s as of late. It seems like 4K TV deals are everywhere right now as we lead up to Thanksgiving and the holiday season, so let’s try and make this simple. Depending on what you use a TV for, be careful on what is really a deal and what is really unnecessary.  Very little content like sports, TV programs, and movies are being filmed in 4K. Very few of us have internet capable of streaming 4K video. The standards for broadcast over the air antennas haven’t even been finalized for local TV stations to transmit in. Additionally, most cable and satellite TV boxes can’t even do 4K, or don’t have any 4K content. I wouldn’t throw out or replace an HDTV that’s working just fine for a 4K TV unless you had a very specific reason.

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November 14, 2016
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Tractors For Sale: John Deere 9520 4WD and 8200 MFWD

Both Tractors are SOLD as of 11-19-16

 

I have on consignment a nice pair of tractors from a local farmer who has moved on to another industry. Both these tractors are very clean, especially the 9520. Both were recently inspected by a technician and were found to have nothing mechanically wrong other than couple flashers not working and the 8200 needs the transmission calibrated. These tractors have not been used since June and have been stored inside.

Make: John Deere John Deere
Model: 9520 8200
Year: 2002 1997
Hours: 3,061 7,225
Location: Near Wakarusa, IN (same)
Price $125,000 OBO $59,500
Contact: Aaron Bobeck See pic below (this prevents spam)

 

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October 4, 2016
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For Sale: 2011 TA1600 Top Air Pull Type Sprayer – 120ft Boom, Duals

 

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Sold 11-30-16 

 

 

Make: Top Air   (an Unverferth company)
Model: TA1600
Year: 2011
Usage: Approximately 31,000 total acres
Location: Syracuse, Indiana
Availability: Anytime
Price: $42,500
Contact: See pictures below

 

For sale is my family’s pull-type sprayer, a 2011 Top Air TA1600 pull-type sprayer. I actually sold this sprayer brand new when I worked for the local JD dealer. This TA1600 is a one-owner, farmer operated, always stored inside machine. Reason for selling is we decided to upgrade to a new one with tracks. I (Aaron) will be glad to answer any questions you have, see the pictures below for my contact information.

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