UK Farmers - why no love for Valtra?

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UK Farmers - why no love for Valtra?

Post by BoxTunnel » Sat Mar 07, 2020 10:14 am

In my area (North Wiltshire) I see mainly, in this order, New Holland, Massey Ferguson, John Deere and the odd Fendt. However, on my drive home the other night I was hugely exited to see my first ever Valtra (disclaimer, I didn't know the difference between a Valtra and any other tractor until I picked this game up two years ago) and it was a beautiful piece of kit.

I'm assuming that I don't see many because they come from a country where you need a second mortgage to buy a pint and therefore are hugely expensive, but maybe there are thousands of the beasts in Northumberland, or Rutland or somewhere.

And while I'm here, are John Deere UK attempting the same thing as they are in the US in terms of not letting you fix your own tractors?

BT is curious.

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Re: UK Farmers - why no love for Valtra?

Post by Mellek » Sat Mar 07, 2020 4:06 pm

I think it just depends on what dealerships there are in the area, I have been following Balmesh on YouTube for many years now and he has filmed plenty of Valtra tractors. He currently lives in Cumbria

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Re: UK Farmers - why no love for Valtra?

Post by Illinois Farmer » Sat Mar 07, 2020 4:18 pm

BoxTunnel wrote:
Sat Mar 07, 2020 10:14 am
And while I'm here, are John Deere UK attempting the same thing as they are in the US in terms of not letting you fix your own tractors?

BT is curious.
What do you mean you can't fix your own tractors? We have nothing but jd and can fix our own or go somewhere else to get a part.
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Re: UK Farmers - why no love for Valtra?

Post by BoxTunnel » Sat Mar 07, 2020 6:21 pm

Illinois Farmer wrote:
Sat Mar 07, 2020 4:18 pm
What do you mean you can't fix your own tractors? We have nothing but jd and can fix our own or go somewhere else to get a part.
There is a thread on here somewhere explaining how John Deere are trying to put stuff in the small print (or something like that) saying if you have a problem with your kit JD have to fix it or you're out of warranty.

I'm not a real farmer my friend, but I vaguely remember the BBC Radio 4 "Farming Today" radio show mentioning it.

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Re: UK Farmers - why no love for Valtra?

Post by Illinois Farmer » Sat Mar 07, 2020 6:32 pm

Oh I see. Idk about uk jd that's why I wondering what you meant. There are multiple shops around here that can get you there same jd part just a little cheaper. We deal mostly with our dealer but sometimes when something breaks we don't want to be waiting around for Deere to come or waiting for a part from them.
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Re: UK Farmers - why no love for Valtra?

Post by SJ_Sathanas » Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:04 pm

It's the same as the auto industry a few years ago; independent garages or owners wanting access to technical data that authorised dealers can access. There was a court case a few years ago that decided the information should be made available.

The only Valtra I've seen was an older model on display at a show - it was on a Timber firms stand.

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Re: UK Farmers - why no love for Valtra?

Post by EnglishGent » Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:09 pm

The Valtra's are certainly rare beasts near me. I occasionally see a tractor or two whilst commuting by cycle so it's often trundling past or in the opposite direction. More often than not they tend to be pulling a dumper trailer with a mini digger in the back, and its often a green JD. I have only once seen a white Valtra and it went past a T junction I was heading towards. Turns out it was pulling a chipper to a fencing company to dispose of their unwanted bits..

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Re: UK Farmers - why no love for Valtra?

Post by BoxTunnel » Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:41 am

I saw another one today! It seems they are subtly moving in to North Wiltshire.

I also got very exited coming out of the Fairford (of airshow fame) Londis to find a Case Puma parked behind my little Vauxhall Corsa. If I was 40 years younger I might have been bold enough to ask the driver if I could sit in it!

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Re: UK Farmers - why no love for Valtra?

Post by eric21 » Wed Mar 25, 2020 7:41 pm

Theres a few around the South of England, I'd say once a month

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