What’s the Hottest Used Tractor on the Market?

July 1, 2010

1991 JD 4455 tractor with 1,423 hours sells for record auction price

What’s the hottest used tractor going?

Come on, give me a tough question. This one is too easy. Hands down, the hottest used tractor on the market the past five years has been the John Deere 4455. Auction sale prices on 4455’s have been zooming higher since 2004 and show no signs of slowing down.

Deere made the popular 4455 model from 1989-92. At 141 horsepower the 4455 fit a wide variety of farm work. Analyzing the auction sale price data I’ve been compiling for 21 years, its easy to see that 4455’s have always been equally popular across any section of the U.S. or Canada. North, south, east or west, if a nice 4455 comes available for sale there will be interested buyers chomping at the bit.

Back in the summer of 2009 I wrote one of my “Machinery Pete” columns for Successful Farming magazine on 4455’s. I featured a then record high auction sale price, $69,000 paid for a 1991 model 4455 MFWD tractor with 5,456 hours, sold on a farm auction 3/3/09 in east-central North Dakota.

The record didn’t last long.

On a farm auction October 3, 2009 in south-central South Dakota another 1991 model 4455 MFWD tractor, this one with only 1,423 one-owner hours, sold with a JD 280 loader for a whopping $94,500. Yep, $94,500. Even if we allow $10,000 for the loader, you’re still looking $84,500 paid for an 18-year old tractor.

Beyond impressive.

The description on that 1991 JD 4455 MFWD tractor sold for $94,500 said “always shedded, immaculate“. See for yourself, I’ve posted a pic of the record setting 4455 above.

Any time a nice 4455 comes up for sale at auction, you can feel an extra ounce of excitement in the air. I shot this video at a large consignment auction in Mt. Pleasant, IA on March 20, 2010. The sale was by my friends at Richard Realty & Auction. This 1991 model 4455, even with 6,450 hours, attracted big time interest and fetched a very strong sale price I thought:

How hot are JD 4455 tractors? Back in the calendar year 1999 they sold for an average of $35,774 at auction. Last year? The average auction sale price had jumped 23.7% to $44,259. And remember, that’s just an “average” auction sale price. The nicest 4455’s are going for much more.

Ask me and I’ll tell you true, I don’t think this trend will be changing any time soon. 4455’s are going to remain “hot” tractors on the used market.

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About Machinery Pete: Greg “Machinery Pete” Peterson has been working in the agricultural industry for 21 years and details agricultural equipment prices and trends at his website, Machinerypete.com. Greg also writes columns for Successful Farming magazine, Implement & Tractor magazine, Agriculture.com web site and also appears on the Machinery Show on RFD-TV.

  • http://machinefinder David Kross

    The 4455 has a nice balance of weight and power and was made before the complicated electronics and planned obsolescence of todays’ machines. I have a 4455 w/11000 hrs and a JD 7810 w/ 5000 hrs, both with 740 loaders and doing similar work. The 7810 is a nice tractor to use and has more power but has cost more to maintain than the 4455. A clutch pack seal failure sidelined the 7810 (at a dealer’s shop) for all of spring work and part of 1rst hay cutting. It still needs to go back for finishing touches. I met a farmer at a meeting this winter who had this happen twice. Guess what he traded his 7810 for? 4455. The service person who can cope with the new machines is a rarity.They can’t read and can’t reason. I have watched a so-called “mechanic” spend 2 hours at $65 per, trying to decipher a tech manual only to say “It’ll have to go to the shop”. Couple that with the price of anew tractor today and you see why 4455,s are hot.

  • Mark Scarborough

    I have a 4455 over here in england, superb tractor 10400 hrs, still go’s great, but its just started to use water and breaths heavy, only use’s water when running and not mixing with the oil, just wondering if anybody over there knows whats wrong

  • http://www.machinerypete.com Machinery Pete

    JD 4455 is the single “hottest” used tractor model over here in U.S. & Canada also. I’ve touched on this fact many times the last 3-4 years in my “Machinery Pete” column in Successful Farming magazine….nice 4455’s just attract a TON of interest on auctions & dealer lots, like the 1991 4455 MFWD with 1423 hours (excellent) that sold with JD 280 loader for $94,500 (wow!) on October 3, 2009 farm auction in south-central South Dakota. Here’s link to Youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNkl4TaNXB8


  • Ryan

    I have a low hour 4455 mfwd powershift. I am the 3rd owner and it has been a no till tractor its whole life. Very nice tractor and wouldn’t sale it for a newer model. 4700 hrs and plenty of life left. $94,500 come on! I may consider selling for that much!

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