EDITORIAL – Southern Farmer.
The shortage of dealer-supported, competitively priced, used tractors has been addressed with the introduction of SOTA Tractor’s range of remanufactured tractors. In Australia, small farms are on the increase and number well into the hundreds of thousands. Many of these farms turnover less than $5000 p.a. and many will consider a secondhand tractor purchase.
Shortages of used tractors available from traditional dealers can force small farm owners, many of whom are new to farming, into private or long distance purchases. As a consequence, they expose themselves to risk and miss out on the vast experience and support that a tractor dealer has to offer.
A dealer provides purchase advice on tractors and implements, performs pre-delivery checks and formally installs a tractor. There is a strong emphasis on safety throughout. A dealer usually develops an ongoing relationship with the owner and provides expert technical support for the life of the tractor. SOTA Tractors Pty Ltd offers a solution to the issues of cost, quality, availability and dealer support for used tractors with its range of remanufactured tractors.
Only available through authorised dealers, a SOTA remanufactured tractor is something new in the used tractor market. Each tractor is dismantled and rebuilt from the ground up to a fixed specification. Key components are replaced as a matter of policy. The extensive refurbishment of these well known OEM brands includes the motor, transmission, clutch, starter motor, alternator, brakes, wheels, wiring, tyres, paint, upholstery, ROPS and more.
According to SOTA Tractors’ Director, Martin Cooper, a SOTA remanufactured tractor represents excellent value for money, costing a fraction of the price of a new tractor. “They are warranted, spare parts availability is guaranteed and owners are supported by SOTA’s dealer network, says Mr. Cooper.”