Frequently Asked Questions
Majority of western tractor manufacturers now have factories in low-cost countries such as China, India, Thailand, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey, and Mexico. You will be surprised to learn that your “American”, “German”, or “Japanese” tractor is now actually produced in China, India, or Thailand. Make sure your tractor supplier is honest about the true origin of their products.
Ford Tractor Philippines (FTPI)’s goal is to provide products that give you the best value for your money. It is true that low-cost countries are plagued with cheap manufacturers, and this has resulted to a stereotype of poor quality. However, these countries are also home to some global corporations that have successfully competed internationally.
One such corporation is YTO Group in China. It is China’s first and biggest manufacturer of agricultural machinery, successfully adopting Italian and British technology for their products. As this global giant has been in the tractor business since 1955, they now supply 70% of China’s tractor requirements and export to more than 100 countries.
FTPI also distributes FARMTRAC (India), ARMATRAC (Turkey), WORLD (China), TYM (China), to name a few. These are very reliable brands priced for the Asian Market. As we have been carrying these brands for a long time, some even from the 1990’s, the best way to validate quality is to ask our customers! Or better yet, look at how their tractors are still running like stallions on steroids.
The minimum lifespan of a well‐maintained tractor is 20 years. Some champion farmers can make their tractors run for as much as 50 years! The secret? Proper tractor maintenance.
If you’re looking for a long-term investment, make sure to ask these seven important questions before your purchase:
- “What is the real country of origin of your machine?”
- “Where are your service centers and how many mechanics do you have?”
- “Do you own your service centers, or do you outsource to other service providers?”
- “Do your mechanics specialize in tractors, or do they specialize in other machines?”
- “Do your tractor mechanics have expertise specific to the brand of tractor that you sell?”
- “Are your spare parts readily available or do I have to wait when I need them?”
- “Are your spare parts affordable or do you charge excessive amounts to the customer?”
For agricultural machinery sold in the Philippines, there is a 90% chance it is made in Asia. Make sure your supplier is telling you the truth about the real origin of their products.
Check not only the accessibility of the service center but also the number of mechanics available. You’d be surprised how some suppliers would only have one or two.
If maintenance is outsourced, there is a big chance they do not specialize in the brand, which means they are more likely to make mistakes during maintenance and repair.
Tractors are highly specialized machines, and so tractor mechanics need to have specialized training. Watch out for standard diesel engine mechanics posing as tractor mechanics.
Maintaining tractors is no easy task, and each brand has its own set of sensitivities. Make sure that the supplier’s mechanics have training specific to each brand they are selling.
The worst thing is having to wait when you need your machine working in the field. Ask to do a visual check in the supplier’s parts warehouse to get an idea how much parts they stock.
Since you most likely cannot buy your parts elsewhere, some suppliers will take advantage and charge the customer ridiculous amounts of money. Check the prices of spares beforehand.
No matter how expensive a tractor is, no one can avoid encountering trouble at some point. Correct maintenance spells the difference between productivity and stagnation. One of the worst things that can happen to a farmer is for their machine to break down when they need it the most, especially when each day counts. And the absolute worst? For their machine to be useless after a few years because their supplier does not have the resources to maintain them. Your investment is as good as gone.
Proper after-sales service will protect your business and your hard-earned investment. Your supplier must be able to keep your tractor running as long as you need it, while minimizing downtime and maximizing capacity. If not, you are looking at some serious productivity and revenue losses. Therefore, when selecting a tractor supplier, plan ahead. Make sure to choose a company that can provide you with the right after-sales service that tractor owners need.
FTPI holds the essential elements to keep your tractors in good working condition for a very long time: 1) trained mechanics and 2) available spare parts.
FTPI has more than 70 mechanics in company-owned service centers in Isabela, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Cebu, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao. These bad boys are certified diesel mechanics and have years of experience with many different brands of tractors, not to mention they undergo regular training for all of FTPI’s products.To make things sweeter, we stock 95% of the spare parts for our machines and offer them at affordable prices.
We guarantee you that no other tractor supplier can make your tractors run for a longer period. We guarantee you that no other tractor supplier can make the same commitment to you and your livelihood.
Some companies only focus on sales. But when the time comes that the customers need service, these customers will be left to dry. Trust us, we’ve heard stories of entire fleets of newly-purchased tractors rotting in sheds. It’s just a complete waste of money and space.
Ford Tractor Philippines partners with you to make sure you are able to make full use of your tractors for a very long time. We will always be there when you need us. We will always be there to support you and to protect your hard-earned investment.
Ordering a tractor or any other machine is simple! Follow these steps:
- Call our office. Our friendly staff is ready to accommodate you 6 days a week. Inform us of your requirements first so that we may prescribe the appropriate product.
- Ask for a quotation. Discussing the cost is best done personally because there are several factors to consider. Visit our showroom and come see the machines for yourself!
- Agree on terms. All details should be clarified such as special configurations, add-ons, warranty, payment terms, delivery, training, maintenance, etc.
After that, you’re ready to make your purchase! Let us know how we may assist you in any step along the way. Look for our branch closest to you here.