- Oct 24, 2021
- Reaction score
- Tailgater,Ranger,Ironwood 885, Timberine 850 &1300
I’m not sure I can agree. The company became a complete POS during the final 5 years of Traeger family ownership. They did no investment in innovation or technology and almost ruined their advantage. I liken it to the American automakers. Sat in their collective arses for years as others improved. Once the new regime took over they have been digging out of a hole they should have never been in to begin with. They are top of the heap and being in that spot puts them in the crosshairs of everyone’s criticism. Some deserved and some fabricated or just ignorance. They make a sound and reliable product with a great interface and app. Sure they have issues but so does everyone else. There’s are more because they sell exponentially more units than most. I’ll also contend the majority of issues are likely user error. You never hear about those being concluded, you just hear about the initial griping.Traeger charged extra for that warranty. They added what, an extra grand or so to the price to say if it rust through in ten years they’ll replace it. I’ve got a 15 year old Charbroil gas grill at my camper I keep on my hunting land. It’s still not rusted completely though. Don’t get me wrong, Traeger still delivers a good grill and I’ve had very minimal problems with mine, but they are not the company they used to be. I do like mine for some things and I enjoy trying new things on it, but after seeing others that might be better (Yoder, REC TECH, Coyote, etc) I would do a little more research. I expect to pay more for a great product that I want but I’m not going to overpay for it.
I’ve been building houses my whole life, I put my name and most importantly my reputation on the line because we have a lot of builders in my area. It’s the only thing that stands out between me and my competitors. I get repetitive customers over and over, I see them in the stores and restaurants I visit and it’s a good feeling when they tell me how much they love their houses. I don’t cut corners just “because”, I do it right and if they have issues I fix it. Everything costs so much more to build a house but i charge more and give them the same end result I always have. I know these manufacturers can’t do exactly like me, but they can do much better. Cost more, then charge more but be as good as you have always been.
Anyway, live and let live. Lots of options available to everyone.