Auctions and Announcements

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

May 7, 2013

John Deere Gator 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

April 5, 2013

1988 JD 4450 tractor with 2,612 hours

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

March 1, 2013

John Deere 1760 Planter -MI-$52K

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

February 13, 2013

John Deere 4960-OH-$114K

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

February 4, 2013

John Deere 2520

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

January 22, 2013

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.

1971 JD 4020 diesel, console, power shift tractor with approx. 5,500 hours sold for $20,000 on a 1/11/13 farm estate auction in northwest Indiana

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.

1971 JD 4000 Tractor Sold for $35,000 on Iowa Auction

December 27, 2012

1971 JD 4000 Tractor Sold for $35,000

This rare 1971 John Deere 4000 diesel, Power Shift tractor with 5,562 hours sold for $35,000 on a December 18, 2012 farm retirement auction in Indepedence, IA.

It wasn’t the prettiest. It was missing a few parts. But it’s rare and it was a Deere, so it sold for big $$.

I’m talking about a 1971 John Deere 4000 tractor with 5,562 hours sold on a farm retirement auction December 18, 2012 in the northeast Iowa town of Independece. Deere made the 4000 model tractor from 1969 – 1972, but what made this particular 4000 rare was its configuration…a diesel, power shift.

The Best-Selling Used Farm Tractors of 2012, According to Machinery Pete

December 3, 2012

Over the past year, Machinery Pete has reported on some of the most outstanding selling prices for used farm tractors, as well as the agricultural community’s opinion about these massive machines. Machinery Pete reports the results of tractor auctions across the country where used John Deere farm tractors are sold to anxious bidders. He is connected with 750+ auctioneers across the U.S. and Canada and has 40 contacts who gather auction results that are then listed on the Machinery Pete site.

The following is a month-by-month overview of some of the best-selling and record-breaking used farm tractors that Machinery Pete has reported on for the Machine Finder blog in 2012:

Take Off Your Boots, Please: John Deere 8410 Sells Big

November 28, 2012

2000 JD 8410 tractor with 584 hours sold for record price of $136,000 on northwest Illinois farm auction. The owner reportedly made everyone and anyone remove their boots & shoes before entering the tractor cab

It was understood. Before entering the cab, you had to take off your boots & shoes.

An extreme example of meticulous care of your used farm equipment, some/most may say obsessive, but it worked. Just look at how the 2000 John Deere 8410 tractor shines. What a beauty. You could eat your Thanksgiving turkey dinner off the hood its so clean.

John Deere 4440 Sold for $42,000 At Wisconsin Auction

November 2, 2012

John Deere 4440 Tractor Sold for $42,000 on Wisconsin Auction

This John Deere 4440 tractor with 5,333 hours sold for $42,000 on an October 25, 2012 farm estate auction in south-central Wisconsin.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: It PAYS to take great care of your used equipment!

Vivid proof came on a farm estate auction October 25, 2012 near Janesville, WI. George Auction Service held this sale that featured (2) very nice condition, well cared for John Deere tractors, a 4440 tractor with 5,333 hours and a late-model JD 4020 with 8,233 hours (diesel, power shift, side console, 1 onwer).