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Reman parts market remade

Agriculture.com Staff 07/12/2012 @ 8:53am

Imagine for a minute that the engine or transmission in your 10-year-old four-wheel-drive tillage tractor or combine has failed – just when you need it the most. In the past, repair generally meant a week in the shop while your dealer or mechanic overhauled the unit with a rebuild kit. If, on the other hand, the failure involved a smaller part like a starter or fuel-injection pump, the alternative was more often a new or rebuilt unit, depending upon availability.

Recently, though, manufacturers have realized that farmers often need a less-expensive alternative than a new component. Hence, there's been a dramatic increase in the availability of remanufactured components more commonly known as reman parts from original equipment manufacturers.

“We've offered reman components for several years now. But it's only been in the last two or three years that the reman program has been managed as a high priority,” says Nicholas Liarakos of AGCO. “Right now, we have reman parts divided into five key categories: engines and engine components, power transmissions, hydraulics, electronics, and rotating electrics (that includes alternators, starters, etc.). They're all covered by the same warranty as new original equipment parts (one year on parts when installed by an AGCO dealer and six months on labor).

“We currently have a more developed product line in transmissions and hydraulics than we do for engines,” he continues. “However, since we now have a proprietary line of engines in our AGCO Power brand, we're building a reman program from the ground up around those products.”

Meanwhile, CNH Reman launched a joint venture between Springfield Remanufacturing Corporation and CNH in 2009 to expand the reman product lines in the same basic categories for Case IH and New Holland equipment.

John Deere entered the reman arena approximately 11 years ago through a joint venture prior to full acquisition of the John Deere Reman facilities in Springfield, Missouri, and Edmonton, Alberta. The Missouri plant is responsible for engines, engine components, and fuel-injection systems; the Canadian location concentrates on transmissions, drivetrain components, and hydraulics, says Bay Mourer of John Deere Reman.

High quality, lower cost

The whole reman business has continued to evolve, primarily because dealers and customers are finding that it's a less-expensive option that still carries a high level of quality, support, and reliability, Mourer says. “Customers get a warranty that is as good or better than that of a new part. That means a minimum of one year and, for some of the complete engines, two years or 2,000 hours,” he says. “That includes parts and labor when dealer-installed, which translates into less risk for both the customer and the dealer.”

Joe Hays, service manager for Landmark Implement, a Deere dealership in Holdredge, Nebraska, says that's just one advantage of using a reman component.

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