Learn how to better manage your machinery investments from Greg Peterson, a.k.a. "Machinery Pete." He's been researching and analyzing machinery auction prices for more than 20 years.
Used Small Square Balers are Hot Sellers
Oct 15, 2013
Older small square balers are hot right now. Red hot.
Pictured above is a John Deere 336 sold for $4,600 on a September 28, 2013 small farm retirement auction in Alcester, SD (southeast South Dakota). I exchanged emails with the owner/seller of the 336 baler, Art Swanson, after the sale.
"All of my machinery was in good condition, clean, greased and field ready," said Swanson. "My auctioneer was Joel Westra. I think the (2) standout items of my sale would be the corn planter and the 336 baler as well as the JD 4440 tractor."
The corn planter Art was reffering to was a JD 7000 4-row wide sold for $3,300. And the 4440? A 1979 model with 5,833 hours sold for $26,000. Very solid sale prices indeed...but that JD 336 baler for $4,600...wow.
Actually this is the 4th very high auction sale price I've seen now in the past 11 months on JD 336 balers. Here's the scoop:
* $5,100: 4/6/13 farm auction west-central Missouri, 1 owner, low use
* $4,900: 11/24/12 farm auction southeast Minnesota
* $4,800: 9/14/13 farm auction southeast Michigan
* $4,600: 9/28/13 farm auction southeast South Dakota
$4,900 set the new record high auction sale price on JD 336's last November on the southeast Minnesota sale, only to be clipped by $5,100 on the west-central Missouri sale in April '13. Here's a pic of that new record setter:
Here's Youtube video I shot at the November 24, 2012 farm estate auction in southeast Minnesota where the JD 336 baler went for $4,900...tons of beautiful JD equipment on this sale:
It will be very interesting to see if this current trend of rising values on good older small square balers continues and if so, how long? Stay tuned....