Tractor Hacking

The Farmers Breaking Big Tech's Repair Monopoly

Tractor hacking is a short documentary taking a look at the farmers who are fed up with paying huge payments, and waiting for repairing company, to keep their tractors and systems up to date.

These huge payments and poor customer service has led to a surge of tractor hacking, where farmers take it upon themselves to update and maintain the systems needed.

When it comes to repair, farmers have always been self reliant. But the modernization of tractors and other farm equipment over the past few decades has left most farmers in the dust thanks to diagnostic software that large manufacturers hold a monopoly over.

In this episode of State of Repair, Motherboard goes to Nebraska to talk to the farmers and mechanics who are fighting large manufacturers like John Deere for the right to access the diagnostic software they need to repair their tractors.

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Tractor Hacking
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  • Release date2018
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Jordan Debor
  • Production companyMotherboard