Keep It Genuine

“Well, we don’t baby these things,” John Fiscalini says of his Massey Ferguson® equipment—all utility tractors in the 80- to 90-hp range. From the newest, the MF491, to the vintage MF285, these are tractors already known for longevity and durability; but John and his dealer Rick Gray from Stanislaus Implement and Hardware still offer keys […]

By Jamie Cole and Claire Vath | Photos By Jamie Cole

Rick Gray with Brian and John

Rick Gray with Brian and John

“Well, we don’t baby these things,” John Fiscalini says of his Massey Ferguson® equipment—all utility tractors in the 80- to 90-hp range. From the newest, the MF491, to the vintage MF285, these are tractors already known for longevity and durability; but John and his dealer Rick Gray from Stanislaus Implement and Hardware still offer keys to keeping hard-working equipment up and running:

Genuine AGCO Parts. “Our guys [at the dairy] do a lot of the maintenance and service, but if something breaks down, we don’t want to put an aftermarket part on there or something that’s gonna be defective or not the high quality we expect from AGCO,” says John.

Cleanliness. Not a surprise, given John’s mission at the dairy; but keeping the tractors clean is important to keeping them running. “Cow manure isn’t something you want stuck to parts for many, many months at a time,” says John.

Rick encouraged him to invest in a steam cleaner. “It keeps the tractors clean and keeps ‘em moving,” Rick says. “Believe it or not, it makes a big, big difference.”

Good relationship with the dealer. “I’ve known John and his family for more than 30 years,” says Rick. “He is more than a customer. He is part of the family.”

John says the relationship with Stanislaus Implement is generational. “Rick’s father took care of my father,” he says. “They take care of you. The value of these tractors is the support behind them, end of conversation.”

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