In the Shop
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.
Top 10 Explanations for Harvest Breakdowns
Oct 25, 2009
I'm now taking nominations for both the most common and most creative excuse for why farm machinery breaks down. Here are my nominations:
#10. "Dad's hearing is getting bad and he couldn't hear the slip clutch slipping."
#9. From the mechanic, "Gee, I've never seen that part break like that before..."
#8. "I was talking on my cell phone and hit the wrong switch."
#7. "I forgot the unloading auger was swung out."
#6. From the mechanic, "Yeah, the manufacturer had a run of bad parts--we've been seeing a lot of this lately."
#5. "The hired man was supposed to have greased that."
#4. "I just replaced that chain 5 years ago."
#3. "Who would have thought a little rock could do that much damage?"
#2. "I didn't get an owner's manual when I bought this, so it's not my fault that zerk didn't get greased."
And the #1 nomination for most popular excuse why farm equipment breaks down: "They need to build this stuff heavier."