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As a farm machinery mechanic and writer, Dan brings a hands-on approach that only a pro can muster. Along with his In the Shop blog, Dan writes a column by the same name as well as the Shop Series for Farm Journal magazine. Always providing practical information, he is a master at tackling technical topics and making them easy for all of our readers to understand. He and his wife, Becky, live near Bouton, Iowa.
Whenever I come to a decision like that, if it a piece of equipment I intend to keep around for a while, I tell the mechanic to 'fix it so we don't have to do another repair on this component for 5 years', and the mechanics I know seem to be pretty good about fixing it right without going overboard swapping parts.