Machinery Pete: Popularity and Purpose Maintain Values


Before planting season this year, a farmer asked me what an Unverferth 3750 seed tender was worth. To answer his question, I turned to the Machinery Pete database. 

I was surprised to find 22 Unverferth 3750 seed tenders sold at auctions in 13 states in the past 18 months. Those states include: Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. In my 25 years of tracking the used equipment market, it’s a sure sign of a hot item when it pops up at auctions across the country. 

Via an online auction in late January 2015, this Unverferth 3750 seed tender sold for a record $27,348, surpassing the previous record by almost $7,000.

Check out the accompanying data table below to see how Friesen, J&M, Meridian and Unverferth seed tenders have sold at auction in the past year. Prior to 2015, the highest auction price I had seen for an Unverferth 3750 seed tender was $20,500, which occurred at a huge Dec. 19, 2014, farm auction in Blooming Prairie, Minn. (The sale also featured five Kinze 3700 24-row planters.) Once the calendar flipped to 2015, auction prices for Unverferth 3750 seed tenders jumped several thousand dollars. A new record sale price was set at $27,348 when an Unverferth 3750 from east-central Michigan sold via an online farm auction on Jan. 27. At a Feb. 3 dealer auction in northeast Indiana, an Unverferth 3750 sold for $24,500, and two days later, at a farm auction in northwest Nebraska, another sold for $27,000.  

Obviously, timing plays a significant role in buyer demand. When winter winds down, farmers start to think about planting. Note on the data table, the “Date” column. Nearly every seed tender sold just prior to the start of planting season.

One seed tender that caught my eye was the 2012 model J&M 275 that sold for $20,000 at the northeast Ohio farm auction on Dec. 19, 2014. It was listed in “like new” condition having run less than 10 loads. The condition of the tender coupled with a successful 2014 harvest and an extension of Section 179 write-off limits resulted in a bidding frenzy. 

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