‘Right-to-repair’ debate continues
The debate continues over farmers’ right to repair their own farm equipment.
John Schmeiser, CEO of the Western Equipment Dealers Association, says “right-to-repair” is a misnomer. He says it’s more about “right-to-modify”.
“The EPA has some standards on Tier 4 engines and the right-to-repair leaders are kind of looking at ‘what can we do to modify our equipment to get around some of those standards’,” Schmeiser says. “We take a strong position that that’s not in the best interest of the customer, their equipment, or the industry.”
Twenty-two states are currently considering right-to-repair legislation.
“Bottom line is, a customer does have the right to repair their equipment right now. But the industry is strongly against any right-to-modify, to get away from EPA standards,” Schmeiser says.
Brownfield interviewed Schmeiser at the Western Farm Show in Kansas City.
AUDIO: John Schmeiser