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Ben Donovan, of Illinois, reached out to Machinery Pete for help in finding a special tractor

“Pete, can you help?”

I got quite an interesting message from a follower of our Machinery Pete Facebook page recently. Ben Donovan, from central Illinois, reached out wondering if I could possibly help him find the 1971 JD 4620 tractor his grandfather Jim Donovan of Heyworth, IL bought new from Arends John Deere dealership in Melvin, IL 42 years ago (see picture above). Here was Ben’s note to me:

Used John Deere 8330 Tractors Selling High at Iowa Auctions

JD8330 IA 162K Used John Deere 8330 Tractors Selling High at Iowa Auctions
2010 JD 8330 tractor with 1,643 hours sold for $162,000 on a July 10, 2013 farm estate auction in north-central Iowa

You know the used tractor market is hot when 3-6 year old models are selling for more $$ than they went for when they were 1-2 years old.

Case in point: the John Deere 8330 tractor. I began to see 8330′s sell at auction back in late 2007. From that time up through the end of 2011 I only saw (1) JD 8330 ever sell for more than $150,000 at auction…the 2009 model 8330 with only 526 hours on it sold for $154,000 on a December 10, 2010 farm auction in northwest Missouri.

1963 John Deere 3010 Sold for $15,500 on Ohio Auction

I’ve seen a lot of John Deere 3010 tractors sold at auction over the years.

So quite the happening last Saturday, June 15, 2013, on a collector auction in Johnstown, OH when a restored 1963 JD 3010 diesel tractor went for $15,500. That is the 2nd highest auction sale price I’ve seen the past 17+ years on a JD 3010.

The only JD 3010 tractor I’ve seen sold for more $$ was the 1963 LP Standard 3010 (repainted, Syncro, front weights) sold for $22,750 on another collector auction June 18, 2011 in southwest Minnesota. That was the same auction where the 1969 JD 4020 diesel tractor with front-wheel assist sold for a record auction price of $50,000.

5 Record Prices on Saskatoon, SK Farm Auction

Wow, what a sale!

April 27, 2013, up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, a farm auction for two brothers. An absolutely beautiful line of farm equipment. Beautiful may be too pale an adjective. This stuff was immaculate. Sale prices ran very high, including these (5) new record high auction sale prices:

* 2006 JD 8330 tractor with 694 hours, sold: $167,500

JD8330 SK 167500 5 Record Prices on Saskatoon, SK Farm Auction

* 1994 JD 7200 tractor with 3,135 hours, sold: $67,000

JD7200 SK 67K 5 Record Prices on Saskatoon, SK Farm Auction

* JD 725 loader, sold: $10,000

JD725 SK 10K 5 Record Prices on Saskatoon, SK Farm Auction

* 1984 JD 4250 2WD tractor with 3,849 hours, sold: $48,500

JD4250 SK 48500 5 Record Prices on Saskatoon, SK Farm Auction

2004 John Deere Gator T520 Sold for $11,700 at Ohio Auction

JDGator OH 11700 2004 John Deere Gator T520 Sold for $11,700 at Ohio Auction

I covered a nice farm retirement auction for Richard Bissantz in southwest Ohio on April 13, 2013.

Lots of big equipment on this auction, like a 2007 John Deere 9220 4WD tractor with only 683 hours ($167,000), a 2007 John Deere 8130 tractor with 375 hours ($143,000), and a 2008 John Deere 9670 STS combine with 411 engine hours ($183,000).

But Richard’s favorite piece of equipment on his farm, the one he hated to see go the most? His 2004 John Deere Gator T520. It was a diesel, 4WD, with cab & front hitch. Oh yeah, it only had 47 hours on it.

John Deere 4450 Tractor Sold $20K Over Record Price

JD4450 MN 70750 John Deere 4450 Tractor Sold $20K Over Record Price

Above is a 1988 John Deere 4450 with 2,612 hours which sold for a new record auction sale price of $70,750 on a 3/9/13 farm estate auction in Alpha, MN

I’ve been covering machinery auctions for 23 1/2 years. I’ve seen a lot of tractors sell.

None quite like the 1988 JD 4450 I watched sell on a March 9, 2013 farm estate auction in Alpha, MN. This was a beautiful tractor with only 2,612 “1 owner” hours in fantastic condition. The 4450 never pulled any tillage. As good used tractor values are up 7-15% so far here in 2013 I was very interested to see how high this super nice JD 4450 would sell.

JD 1760 Planter Sold for Near Record Auction Price

JD1760 MI 52K JD 1760 Planter Sold for Near Record Auction Price

Used planter values are up early in 2013.

Proof came on a nice farm auction in central Michigan on Feb. 21, 2013, where the John Deere 1760 12R-30 planter pictured above (Conservation, liquid fertilizer, 1 owner, front fold, 3 bu. seed hoppers, Seedstar) sold for $52,000, just $3,000 off the all-time record auction sale price on a JD 1760 12R-30 of $55,000 (11/21/11 farm auction in northeast Kansas, 1 owner, excellent condition, <1,000 acres use).

Here are (3) other strong auction sale prices I’ve seen so far in 2013 on John Deere 1760 12R-30 used planters:

Online or Traditional Auction: John Deere Tractors Sell Strong

JD4960 OH 114K Online or Traditional Auction: John Deere Tractors Sell Strong

I’m asked the question often.

Hey, Machinery Pete, how do online auction sale prices compare to traditional on site auctions?” Well, I’ve been closely observing this question the past few years as online machinery auctions have continued to grow and we continue to compile auction sale price data on all types of used farm and construction equipment sold on all types of auctions all over the U.S. and Canada. Pretty hard to generalize, as obviously many important factors go into sale price comparisons, but one thing is clear to me.

Good condition used John Deere tractors sell very well in either auction format.

JD 2520 Tractors Sold for $20K+ on Minnesota Auction

jd2520 JD 2520 Tractors Sold for $20K+ on Minnesota Auction

On August 11, 2012, in Red Wing, MN a farm retirement auction with a line of spiffy used farm equipment was held. But what was everyone in the days leading up to the auction talking about?

The pair of low hour John Deere 2520 diesel tractors.

One was a 1969 model with 3,503 original hours on it. The other was a 1970 model with 5,815 hours. I can’t begin to count the number of folks who picked my brain for what these 2520′s might sell for. “What do you think Pete, how much?”

2004 JD 4710 Sprayer Sells High on Indiana Farm Auction

I’m guessing most of the 1,300+ folks in attendance at last Friday’s farm estate auction in North Judson, IN came away talking about the 1971 John Deere 4020 diesel, console, power shift tractor with approx. 5,500 hours that sold for $20,000 on a farm estate auction in northwest Indiana on  1/11/13 . Very strong price (see pic below):

Sweet used tractor. Strong price.

JD4020 IN 20K 2004 JD 4710 Sprayer Sells High on Indiana Farm Auction

But after visiting with auctioneer Steve Feldman with Ball Auction & Realty, Inc., I was likewise impressed with what the 2004 John Deere 4710 sprayer with 2,126 hours (90′ boom, Norac boom leveling system)
that sold for $112,000.

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