The New Guy by Chris Collier
by Chris Collier
March 2nd, 2022

Tractor Trials

Farmland is part of the ride when traveling to and from Milledgeville, Ga.’s, Georgia College and State University. I traveled the route frequently from 2016 to 2020, when I studied mass communication. Tractors trekked the fields and came into view constantly. Today, I look at the machines in a whole new way.

In Tractor Tinting: Is It Worth the Trouble?, I chatted with tractor tinters in Texas, Georgia, and California. Heather Lee owns Your Tint Girl in Monroe, Ga., an hour and a half from my former campus in Central Georgia. Today, more than 10% of her business comes from farmers. Lee, who works a mere 30 minutes from dairy farms and cattle operations, isn’t alone. Three other featured tinters have been cooling down the equipment for years.

Total Tractors Tinted

• John Little, owner of All Pro Window Tinting in Decatur, Texas.—(Estimated 400)

• George Ramos, owner of George’s Window Tinting in Modesto, Calif.—(Estimated 200)

• David Matias, owner of No Limit Accessories in Gonzales, Texas.—(Estimated 150)

Ramos posed a question that got me thinking: “It depends on how hard you want to work. Do you want to work hard or smart? If you want to work smart, tint cars and houses.”

The tractor tinting life isn’t always easy.

Ramos continued, saying, “I’ve heard [tinters make] $1,000 to $1,500. Your initial investment is a couple hundred dollars.” Profit or not, the challenge is still present. I posted a poll to gauge industry opinion, and here are the results:

Which is the Most Difficult to Tint?

• Home (0%)

• Business (0%)

• Car (8.3%)

• Tractor (91.7%)

I figured the almighty tractor would come away victorious, but not by that much. Where do you stand when it comes to tinting farm equipment? Is it worth the time?

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