Katie Gamble, RDO Equipment Co. on the Agriculture Technology Podcast
As a Transactional Account Manager at RDO Equipment Co., Katie Gamble lives in a world filled with John Deere equipment. Driven by a lifelong passion for agriculture, Katie wanted to follow in her big brother’s footsteps and pursue a career at RDO Equipment Co. And though her path took a slight turn from where she planned to head, she has never looked back.
Host Tony Kramer invited Katie on the podcast to discuss the John Deere 5 and 6 Series Tractors – which they did. But Katie also had the opportunity to share a story of how her job really makes a difference for customers. Something she’s proud to have experienced just a couple months in.
Here are a few of the highlights from the conversation. Listen to the full episode here.
I’d like to start out discussing your background and how you got started in the industry.
I’ve always had a strong love for Ag. I grew up on a cattle ranch, then got into rodeo, and spent a lot of time around horses and tractors.
My brother introduced me to RDO Equipment Co. He was a service technician and I wanted to be just like him. I planned to go through a diesel tech program and be a technician for RDO too. Then I decided to focus on Ag, and now I have an Associate’s Degree in Ag Production and am pursuing my Bachelor’s in Agriculture Education.
One of my friends works here at RDO and told me there was an opening at the parts counter in Hermiston. I did that up until the last four months when I moved into sales. I really like it; it has been a learning experience and I’m still learning about all the equipment!
Let’s talk about the equipment. Tell me about the John Deere 5 Series tractors.
With the 5 Series, you have the 5E and 5M. It’s the horsepower and cylinders that are the biggest differences in these.
For example, the 5E, there are six different tractors from 45 to 100 horsepower. The smallest is a 3-cylinder, open station. Going up, it’s still 3-cylinder but you can choose open station or cab. When you get up to the two largest models, that’s when you go to 4-cylinder.
How about the 6 Series?
Going into 6 Series, there’s the 6M and 6R. These start at 4-cylinder and go up to 6-cylinder.
The three I see that move the most are 6175R, 6195R, 6215R. At least here in the Northwest, customers want something that’s a bit larger but not quite the size of the largest tractors. Once you get to the 7 Series and up, the frames get really large. With these 6Rs, you have the power of a large tractor with the mobility of small.
What are people using these tractors for in the Northwest? Have you seen any unique applications?
A lot of what I see is small crops – strawberries, carrots, sunflowers, and hay. These farmers like the 5 and 6 Series because they’re smaller, more mobile, and get things done.
There are a lot of vineyards, especially in Washington. Those customers love these because they’re smaller to fit through their narrow rows.
In the Yakima Valley area, they grow hops and use these tractors to harvest. So all you beer lovers out there, these would be good if you want to start your own hops farm!
Definitely different from what we see in the Midwest!
Do you have any unique stories, customer success stories?
Being a Transactional Account Manager, I don’t go out much. Recently, I had an opportunity to go out and see customers. I met with a customer who was looking for something equivalent to his older 830 tractor; four-wheel-drive instead of two. I knew we had a 5055E that had a rear box blade and loader, so I made the recommendation. He called me last week to tell me how wonderful it is and how much he loves it! He’s happy it has the rear blade because he’ll be able to move snow. He has been able to level out his gravel driveway. He can move dirt with the loader. So that was great!
Learn more about the John Deere 5 and 6 Series Tractors.
Katie and Tony went into greater detail about the John Deere 5 and 6 Series Tractors so please listen to the entire episode. Catch up on older episodes, and be sure to subscribe to the Agriculture Technology podcast so you never miss an episode.
Host Tony Kramer is a product specialist at RDO Equipment Co. To contact Tony with questions or about being a guest on the podcast, find him on Twitter at @RDOTonyK.