Don't know if this is in the proper forum, but I will take a chance. More & more I'm running into situations regarding critical parts that are "NLA-no longer available" or marked as obsolete. Maybe it's just been my bad luck lately, but I'm running into this more often than not. It would appear that Deer is dramatically reducing its parts availability on older machines.
But what really nags at me is that when a critical part goes obsolete or NLA- it can be an almost impossible task to try to have a machine shop duplicate a "one of a kind" part for the equipment owner's use. This really is starting to stink. And in my case, the Deere dealership I used recently fired a mechanic who was working on my equipment. Now they discovered that a "bushing" is missing preventing them from completing the repair & they can't find what happened to the bushing. The part is NLA so my dealer puts out a call for the part & they find a dealer who has three of them on the shelf but refuses to send one to my dealer. So now there is a war going on to get the part. Meantime who gets screwed- me, the customer. The part is THIRTY years old. For crying out loud you jerk of a dealer. If you have three of the things sitting on your shelf & it's a NLA thirty year old part, how long do you think it's going to take to sell out all your sock of three at your shop? What morons these dealerships have working for them. And the fact that I can't have a shop make the part because Deere will not fill in the measurements & material needed so I can get the part made for my machine stinks on their part as well.
I don't think manufacturers have an obligation to keep a part on the shelf forever. But there are exceptions to every rule. My stupid dealer fires an incompetent mechanic, who rips through my equipment & can't put it back together. On top of that he loses a critical part. And then I'm told NLA but we have three of them in Ohio at another dealer but he refuses to send us one.
All these companies STINK. If the moron who has the part won't sell it, I don't know what Deere can do if anything. But on Deere's part, at least give me the info so I can get the part made. We are talking about a bushing which if available would be no more than a $ 5 part. Simply in the interest of customer relations & good will, you would think these morons would come to a meeting of the minds & get it done for the customer. No wonder nothing here ever works.
I think my next equipment purchase will be for a Belarus Tractor. FYI-There made in Russia- one dealer near here has them. I'm sure that between Trump & Putin & the Russian connection, I will be able to get any part I need for a Bottle of Vodka & the name of a dead voter.