Auctions and Announcements

John Deere 4450 Tractor Sells for Record Price at South Dakota Auction

October 6, 2015


I’ve been compiling auction sale price data on all types of used farm and construction equipment for nearly 26 years. Usually when a new record high sale price is set, the new record just ekes past the former record. Not this time.

1988 John Deere 4450

On an August 27, 2015 auction in southeast South Dakota, the 1988 model John Deere 4450 Tractor pictured above, with only 1,136 hours, sold for $77,500. This smashed the previous high auction sale price I’d ever seen on a 4450, $70,750 for a 1988 model with 2,612 hours on a March 9, 2013 farm estate auction I covered in southwest Minnesota. Here’s Youtube video I shot of that 4450 selling…on a cold, wet, windy day two and a half years ago:

John Deere TruSet: Bringing Precision to Your 2730 Combination Ripper

September 24, 2015

Tilling your field can be a long, extensive process without the right equipment. Luckily, John Deere has the products you need to transform tillage into just another easy job on your terrain. John Deere TruSet is the ultimate solution for farmers and producers who want to reduce the time spent tilling each day.

John Deere 2730 Ripper

TruSet Comes to the 2730 Combination Ripper

John Deere announced in August 2015 that John Deere TruSet technology would be coming to the 2730 Combination Ripper, giving operators the option to alter settings in the cab on-the-go.

Revisiting Four Notable John Deere Manufacturing Milestones

September 8, 2015

For more than 175 years, John Deere has been manufacturing agricultural, construction, and forestry machinery, along with diesel engines, drivetrains used in heavy equipment, and lawn care equipment. Over the course of nearly 200 years, you could imagine that their factories have hit some interesting manufacturing milestones.

John Deere Manufacturing

In this post, we’ve highlighted four of these John Deere manufacturing milestones that we believe stand out from the pack. Enjoy!

John Deere Turf Care Manufacturing Milestone


A Glance at the New Line of 2016 John Deere Agricultural Products

August 31, 2015

On an annual basis, John Deere agricultural customers and enthusiasts anxiously await the announcement of the next product line. Well, that time has once again come and gone, and we are here to serve up a quick recap of what was unveiled. From new track tractor models to tillage technology, there is certainly a lot to be excited about heading into 2016.


Let’s take a closer look at these new 2016 John Deere products and learn what kind of value each has to offer.

9RX Series Tractors


Machinery Pete: 30+ Year Old Deere Tractors With Low Hours are Hot

July 21, 2015

John Deere made the 40 Series tractor models from 1978-1982. 30+ years down the road now, show me a nice condition one with low hours and I’ll guarantee you one thing…intense buyer interest.

This tractor sold for $32,000 on a 6/13/15 farm auction in

Proof rolls in every week here during the summer of 2015. The picture above is of a nifty John Deere 4240 with 3,880 hours that sold on a June 13, 2015 farm auction in Wooster, Ohio. The sale was by my friends at Kiko Auctions. It sold for $32,000…more than it was worth brand new! Here’s a YouTube video of this tractor selling with my comments dropped in along the way:

Ten Notable John Deere News Stories from the First Half of 2015

June 22, 2015

It might be hard to believe, but we are approaching the end of the first half of 2015. Over the course of these six months, John Deere’s name has been entrenched in the news as it continues to offer products and services that simplify jobs in the field, yard, or on the farm.


As we soon turn the calendar to July (and the second half of the year), we wanted to take a look back at the first half of the year and recap some of the most notable John Deere news stories to be featured on Enjoy!

Machinery Pete: 100 HP Tractors Holding Value in Used Tractor Market

May 29, 2015

The hottest segment of the used tractor market the past two years? That would be smaller horsepower models.

The mountain of auction sale prices I’ve been compiling for nearly 26 years supports this trend. A recent example came from a nice farm auction in east-central Wisconsin on April 23, 2015.

Sold for $23,000 on April 23, 2015 farm auction in eastern Wisconsin

On this sale was a John Deere 6603 2WD tractor with 803 hours on it (pictured above). It was a “one owner” tractor in very good condition. It sold for $23,000. Pretty strong price for a 2WD model I thought.

Introducing A New Used Equipment Online Experience at

April 30, 2015

Here at MachineFinder, our mission is to provide users from around the globe with access to equipment photos, descriptions, details, locations and more, so they can make informed used equipment purchasing decisions. With millions of visitors to in the past year, it seems we are successfully providing this information to our user base, but we are always striving for ways to improve the online experience.

MachineFinder Homepage

As we looked at the new generation of online browsing and the technologies available to our audience, we realized nearly half of all recent website visits to were coming from mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.).

John Deere 7810 Tractors are Hot at Today’s Auctions

February 10, 2015

Deere made the 150 horsepower 7810 model tractor from 1997-2003, making today’s tractors 12-18 years old now. Yet, they are proving to be worth more money as they age.

From 1996 through 2007, the highest auction sale price I saw on a John Deere 7810 tractor was $78,000…on a January 21, 2005 farm auction in northwest Illinois where a 2000 model with only 590 hours hit the $78K mark.

Since 2008 how many JD 7810’s have I seen sold over $80,000? Try a whopping 29. Wow.


10 Must-Attend Agricultural Shows for 2015

January 5, 2015

During the winter when you aren’t riding around the farm on your John Deere tractor, you might find yourself with a little extra free time. That being said, there are plenty of agricultural shows that you can put in your calendar to stay busy.

Show Floor

We’ve take the time to put together a list of 10 events that you won’t want to miss this off-season. Enjoy!

2015 Quad Cities Farm Equipment Show

2015 Quad Cities Farm Show

When: January 18 – 20, 2015

Where: QCCA Expo Center, Rock Island, Ill.