When most people open anything they buy they expect it to be in pristine condition, and rightfully so. If there is a defect from the manufacturer or a product is damaged during shipping, any sane person would return the item for a new one. I on the other hand see an unexpected project, a challenge to my mechanical skills, and a battle of wits between me and the toy companies. You could say that I’m happy sometimes when the tractors I buy are missing a wheel or have a defective hitch.
Some people might say that the fact that I have to write this article is a statement on the quality of products that are being released. Instead of getting angry with the condition of my purchases, I feel like I’m getting the better end of the deal because I get the tractor and the satisfaction of fixing it. When you open your Christmas presents this year be thankful for whatever condition they are in because you can always take them back or glue on the wheel if you need to.
Pictured above is a versatile 850 that was made by C&D models a few years ago. When I took it out of the package and the wheel fell off, it brought a smile to my face.