r/technology – Alabama farmers at odds with manufacturers over right to repair technology-driven equipment


It’s the software. You bought the hardware, but you agree to the software. If you swap out a part that talks with the computer in any way (and I’m betting there’s a ton…), the part has to be approved by the computer.

To better control and enforce the warranty of the hardware, the part has to be approved by the Mfg. Just because it was bought by the Mfg, doesn’t mean it should check right in. As seen with the war on Printer Ink, spoofing the computer chips to have the printer accept the ink, is possible, and an ongoing war. So having a Mfg’s tech on site to confirm and click Accept, is the only way to confirm the part is legitimate and doesn’t void the warranty.

The stupid, obvious, fact about this is, if the equipment is down, the farmer can’t farm, and may miss the proper day/week to do work because of weather and time of the year, either start or finish of the year. Add in the fact the equipment can’t move, the Mfg’s tech would have to go on site. Have fun scheduling that soon.

The equivalent that comes to mind, is trying to swap out a keyboard or mouse to your work computer, because the part failed, resulting in not able to use the computer, and have to wait for a tech to come out days later to tell the computer to use the new mouse or keyboard.

I’ve seen cars refuse to function in various degrees, because of a sensor going out. Yes some sensors are essential, others should be fine to at least get the vehicle to a mechanic to fix. There’s farm equipment that will not even start because of a part went bad, or otherwise.


It’s the software. You bought the hardware, but you agree to the software. If you swap out a part that talks with the computer in any way (and I’m betting there’s a ton…), the part has to be approved by the computer.

To better control and enforce the warranty of the hardware, the part has to be approved by the Mfg. Just because it was bought by the Mfg, doesn’t mean it should check right in. As seen with the war on Printer Ink, spoofing the computer chips to have the printer accept the ink, is possible, and an ongoing war. So having a Mfg’s tech on site to confirm and click Accept, is the only way to confirm the part is legitimate and doesn’t void the warranty.

The stupid, obvious, fact about this is, if the equipment is down, the farmer can’t farm, and may miss the proper day/week to do work because of weather and time of the year, either start or finish of the year. Add in the fact the equipment can’t move, the Mfg’s tech would have to go on site. Have fun scheduling that soon.

The equivalent that comes to mind, is trying to swap out a keyboard or mouse to your work computer, because the part failed, resulting in not able to use the computer, and have to wait for a tech to come out days later to tell the computer to use the new mouse or keyboard.

I’ve seen cars refuse to function in various degrees, because of a sensor going out. Yes some sensors are essential, others should be fine to at least get the vehicle to a mechanic to fix. There’s farm equipment that will not even start because of a part went bad, or otherwise.

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