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    Ugh...220R loader made in China? What else is made in China?

    Found a nice big "Made in China" on the cast iron loader frame on the 220R. Ugh. I felt guilty for buying Titan forks because they are made in China, and now they are all like, "Hey buddy, haven't seen you since the factory in Shanghai!" to my "American" tractor's loader.

    What else on these tractors is made in China? And am I the only one upset by this?
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    What else made in China. Mower blades-bolts-nuts-stamped mower decks-some of the diesel engines-engine parts-cast parts for engines. Most of it crap if not all of it. Look for stuff made in Taiwan. The quality appears to be a little better on most stuff. John Deere Corp. makes nothing, they are just parts assemblers just like the auto companies.
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    Because it's cheaper for China to produce it and ship it to this country for assembly.

    America got out of the manufacturing business a long time ago (due to many stupid things), thankfully we have seen a slight increase in recent times. Can't compete, it's all about $$$ and government red tape.
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    Huh. I thought all the Deere loaders were made in Mexico.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimR View Post
    Huh. I thought all the Deere loaders were made in Mexico.
    My 520M was MEX, the front 4wd housing was china, tractor in india. I don't see how manufacturing plus shipping all this is cheaper than just making it in the USA.. Pretty sad really..
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1010 View Post
    My 520M was MEX, the front 4wd housing was china, tractor in india. I don't see how manufacturing plus shipping all this is cheaper than just making it in the USA.. Pretty sad really..
    Slightly off topic but relative.... Consider this. All but one or two U.S. chicken growers actually sends the chickens to China for processing and then ships the processed meat back to the U.S. Crazy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1010 View Post
    My 520M was MEX, the front 4wd housing was china, tractor in india. I don't see how manufacturing plus shipping all this is cheaper than just making it in the USA.. Pretty sad really..
    I dunno... Figure that a entry level starting assembly line worker for Deere in their US plants makes $13.00/hr and has a pretty decent benefits package (medical/dental insurance, retirement plan, etc...). And that's the entry level job. Pay only goes up from there.

    In Deere's plant in Mexico the average assembly line worker gets paid $7.50/day and gets minimal benefits.

    That's a lot of cost savings for Deere. They can ship a whole lotta stuff for that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimR View Post
    Huh. I thought all the Deere loaders were made in Mexico.
    The loader itself is, but the two main uprights attached to the tractor and the two QA shoes are cast in China.
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    Pretty sure 95%+ of the electronics in the tractor and everything else is made in China. IMHO people need to get over it, we don’t have enough people to make everything in the US even if the money was no object. I work for a company that makes cameras, and the number of highly skilled people they have helping set up all the factories/tooling is more then the US has unemployed. Sure China does often make crap stuff, but that’s on the companies who outsource there. Everyone knows you have to do random inspections of the factories as well as random spot checks/disassemblies of the components to make sure they don’t change the design to make it cheeper to manufacture. As long as you do that, and you designed it well to begin with, China will make HQ stuff.


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    Does China have a long history of tractor manufacture?

    For example, India does (Mahindra, etc.). I think Mexico does, but not sure.
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