WHAT is quality to you?
It seems we all have differing standards of what ‘quality’ is and is not. What I define as quality might be different from what my friends and peers see as quality. The same ‘looking’ ag equipment may seem to be quality to me… but your perception might be, that it’s design is flawed and it’s made with cheap materials. ‘Australian Made’ might signify quality to some people and to others, it may not signify anything at all!
So should we pay for quality or not? It’s like one of those questions everyone has a different answer to.
We all want the best quality at the lowest price, but we get skeptical if something of the same quality can be found way cheaper. So how do we know what is quality and what is not when it comes to buying Ag componentry and machinery?
It is worth asking ourselves whether the items we buy are offering good value for money. If you pay a smaller amount of money for a set of press wheels for example, but they wear out very quickly compared to paying twice as much for a set that wear in twice the time, then they are equivalent. However, if you find the dearer set last significantly longer, then this will mean that you are getting much better value for money.
No matter how good the equipment is that you buy, it’s inevitable at some point that it will need servicing and maintenance. Although quality equipment usually means that servicing and maintenance is kept to a minimum, buying you time to focus on more important things.
If your farm equipment proves unreliable and needs constant repairs and attention, then it’s going to massively impact your productivity. An unreliable piece of equipment is like an employee that’s always off sick. It’s bad news for everyone. Before employing someone, you’re wise to seek several references to get an idea of that person’s performance over time. In the same way, you should consider the reputation and track history of the brand from which you’re considering a purchase.
It’s good to plan for flexibility and change right from the start. One way you can do this is by making sure you buy equipment that can hold a good re-sale price. That’s usually linked to buying high-quality equipment in the first place.
In general, you should pay more for quality on items that:
- you use frequently
- that are critical to your work
- that separate you from the ground (vehicles / tractors / quad bikes)
The quality of the equipment you keep, directly drives the quality of the results and crops you produce and ultimately the profitability of your farm.
Buying cheap will likely cost you more in the long run.
Quality & Sustainability
Anyone and everyone can use the term ‘Sustainability’ to promote their products and services. If you are truly passionate about sustainability, you need to be prepared to invest a bit more into quality equipment. Quality and Sustainability go hand in hand.
Sustainability is most often defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.
Agricultural machinery is an important input in the agricultural process. It, therefore, has an impact on achieving sustainable agriculture. Good product design will push towards the timely accomplishment of tasks, reduction in post-harvest losses, and enhancement of crop output, resulting in increased farm income.
Sustainable design seeks to reduce negative impacts on the environment. The basic objectives of sustainability are to reduce consumption of non-renewable resources, minimize waste, and create healthy, productive environments.
Sustainable design is the approach to creating products and services that have considered the environmental, social, and economic impacts from the initial phase through to the end of life.
If products are not designed, manufactured, marketed, operated, serviced, and disposed of with due diligence on the sustainability of the overall agroecosystem, disruptions in the socio-economic fabric of the local agriculture-based economy can occur.
Moose Industries aim to design products that can be manufactured smartly, require less maintenance after sale, maintain their re-sale value and have significantly increased life cycles.