A Change of Plans

Jerry and Natalie Young may have switched from AGCO to Massey Ferguson, but they’re sticking with their dealer.

By Tharran E. Gaines | Photos By Tharran E. Gaines

Jerry and Natalie Young weren’t looking for a new tractor when they made a trip to Vahrenberg Implement in Higginsville, Mo., in July 2010. Jerry says they were actually stopping by the dealership to see how much it would cost to buy an extended warranty for their 2008 AGCO LT95A. However, Natalie says she “made the mistake of asking how much it would cost for a new one.”

That’s when the Youngs came home with a new Massey Ferguson 5465 tractor with a model MF950 loader. “The cash price on a new Massey Ferguson,” explains Natalie, “wasn’t that much different than the cost of an extended warranty added to the used value of our AGCO.”

“Yet, we were getting so much more,” Jerry adds. “The 5465 has just a little longer wheelbase, which makes the ride a little more comfortable. But it also has much more new technology. This tractor has the switch that lets me take the hydraulic flow from the 3-point hitch and throw it to the front-end loader, which I really like. It makes it quicker and allows it to respond extremely well.

“Plus, this one has the joystick built into the console,” adds Jerry about the loader controller. The joystick allows the operator to control functions such as lift and crowd or lower and dump simultaneously. “It takes a little time to get used to it; but once you do, it’s invaluable for loader work.”

The Youngs, however, insist the best thing about their Massey Ferguson tractor is their dealer. They’ve worked with Mike, Ruth and Doug Vahrenberg through the purchase of Oliver tractors on through the transition to White, then AGCO and, finally, Massey Ferguson. “The thing I like about Vahrenberg Implement is they will tell you what they’re going to do, what they will charge to do it, and then do what they said they’d do for no more and sometimes less than they said it would cost,” Jerry relates. “When somebody treats you the way you’d like to be treated, you’re hooked, no matter what color tractor they’re selling.”

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