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Machinery Pete: Small Size, Mighty Price

September 28, 2013
By: Greg Peterson, Machinery Pete

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Dealer lots and farm shows are modeling shiny new equipment in recent weeks—and big, I should add. Have you heard about the world’s first 30-row, 12" corn head made by Calmer Corn Heads? If not, check out my Aug. 27 blog post on AgWeb.com.

Big new equipment has its place in the market, but there is still an incredible demand for smaller-scale used farm equipment in good condition. The proof is evident on the sale price reports from our network of more than 950 auction firms.

In late August, I got a Facebook message from one of our auction reps who was attending a farm sale in central Wisconsin. The equipment, although predominantly smaller, was in immaculate condition. Here are a few of the highlights from that auction:

  • International Harvester 1250 grinder mixer: $9,000
  • New Idea 324 two-row corn picker: $3,000
  • Bush Hog 10' offset disk: $4,450
  • Kilbros 350 gravity wagon: $3,200
  • Allis Chalmers 7020 two-wheel-drive tractor with 2,780 hours: $15,750

The high prices are a definite sign of strong buyer demand. A whopping $9,000 on the International Harvester 1250 grinder mixer is $4,200 more than the previous high on that model ($4,800), which occurred at a Jan. 6, 1996, sale in southwest Wisconsin. The $15,750 price tag on the Allis Chalmers 7020 tractor is a new auction record, as is the $3,000 for the New Idea 324 two-row corn picker (which broke a 12-year standing record in the U.S.).

On Sept. 7, 2013, I attended a small farm auction in southeast Minnesota. The highlights from that auction are as follows:

  • John Deere 7000 four-row, 36" corn planter with dry fertilizer and insecticide: $3,100
  • International 710 3-18 plow: $2,200
  • New Holland 355 grinder/mixer mill: $8,000
  • New Holland 489 9' haybine: $5,200

Planters. As a whole, auction prices on used but in good condition four- and six-row planters have been up. A Kinze Double Frame four-row no-till planter with liquid fertilizer and

splitters sold for $9,800 at an Aug. 24 farm auction in southwest Ohio.

Sale prices were also red hot on March 17, 2012. A 1985 John Deere 7200 six-row, 30" planter went for $20,000 at a farm sale in west-central Ohio, and a super nice White 6100

six-row, 30" brought $20,500 at a farm auction in northeast Iowa.

Corn heads. Six-row used corn head values have been bringing top dollar on the auction block lately, as well. Two auction sale prices from this past August stand out to illustrate this

ongoing trend.

First, a Case IH 1063 six-row corn head sold for $13,500 at a farm sale in northwest Missouri. That’s the highest auction price that I’ve seen on that corn head since December 2008.

Then a John Deere 693 sold for a new record of $37,000 in southeast South Dakota. This clipped the previous record-high sale price of $30,000 set at a March 1, 2013, auction in east-central Pennsylvania.

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