2000 - Volume #24, Issue #4, Page #11[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Rebuilt Versatile Tractors Are "As Good As New"
They start with older model Series I or II Versatiles that they buy at auctions. They generally replace the engine with a new, more fuel efficient Cummins engine. Transmissions, differentials and final drives are inspected and repaired or replaced as needed. The tractors are also completely repainted, the cab interiors reinsulated, new seats installed, and the tires are replaced.
"When the tractors leave our shop, we expect them to be ready for another lifetime of fieldwork," says Herl, who provides a warranty with his rebuilt tractors.
For one recent rebuild job, Herl even replaced the original Versatile cab with a cab off a 4840 Massey Ferguson 4-WD tractor to provide more room and visibility. They also replaced the original hood with a sloping, easy-foldup hood for better access to the engine compartment and better driver visibility.
"Our business has spread mostly by neighbors telling neighbors," Herl says. "When you consider the price of rebuilding one of these tractors and the service you can then get out of them, along with the reasonable price of replacement parts, they stack up real well against a new tractor."
The Herls also stock salvage parts for Versatiles so they can supply many replacement parts that might be needed down the road.
The rebuilt Versatiles sell for $45,000 to $55,000.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Harry Herl, 7061 County Rd. K, Quinter, Kan. 67752 (ph 785 391-2315).
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