With lockdown in full force, how are farm machinery prices at auction holding up? With online only bidding, Alex Heath takes note of the key prices achieved at Euro Auctions’ May sale.
There was strong demand for the newest and cleanest tractor models at Euro Auctions’ latest sale at its site near Leeds. With bids only able to be placed online, buyers were keen to secure units which could be put straight to work from the 100-plus strong entry.
The auction house’s Allan Kelly said: “This is the second online only sale we have conducted at our Leeds site and it continues to perform strongly. Our customers have adapted quickly to the new process with a team of ‘live’ auctioneers operating from the USA offices controlling the sale in real time, with the overall process facilitated by the IT department in company HQ in Northern Ireland.
“Overall, trade has held up well given the current conditions, with more than 4,000 lots in this sale. Prices in general are still strong, with the export market performing robustly and buyers from 80 countries registered to bid. Bidder numbers are again well over 4,000, with more than 1,000 first time registrations showing the strength in the brand to bring together buyers and sellers.”
Leading the trade was a 2016 John Deere 6215R showing 7,643 hours. It was an AutoQuad model fitted with front links and pto, nearly new Michelin rubber and a Starfire receiver. It was knocked down at £58,000.
Next best at £40,000 and £37,500 were a brace of JD 6150Rs. Both 2015 models with identical spec, including AutoQuad transmission, three manual spools and 540 and 650mm wide tyres, the first had 5,476 hours logged while the second had registered 5,724 hours.
Achieving £33,000 was a New Holland T7060. With front linkage and pto fitted, this 2011 Power Command model was showing 5,426 hours on the dash.
Making £32,000 was a John Deere 8345RT from 2010. The twin-track machine was equipped with the manufacturer’s AutoPowr transmission, a GPS receiver and screen, and had covered 7,816 hours.
A trio of 6105Ms from the same manufacturer made £31,000 apiece. Off a hire fleet, all were 2015 models, the first showing 1,512 hours, the second, equipped with front links, was showing 603 hours; and the third had 2,164 hours on the dash. All had their undercarriages resprayed. Another M Series tractor, this time a 6115 on a 13-plate, reached £30,000 with 4,651 on the clock.
Also at £30,000 was a quartet of unused Case IH Farmall 105Cs. Showing single-figure hours, all were on 68-plates, fitted with 40kph, 24 by 24 synchro-shift transmissions and power shuttles, plus 420mm rear and 340mm front tyres.
Securing a 2015 New Holland T7.210 was a call of £29,000. With 8,343 hours registered, it had a Range Command gearbox, front linkage, four spools and front and cab suspension. Just behind at £28,500 was a 2008 T7050 of the same marquee. Showing 6,324 hours, it too had a front linkage and sat on nearly new BKT rubber, 710mm wide on the rear. And at £25,000 was another 2008 T7050, with identical spec. However, this one had 13,562 hours on the clock, with well-worn tyres.
A 2008 Claas Axion 810 realised £22,500. It came with a front linkage and pto and showed 3,684 hours. At £22,000 was a New Holland T5.105, fitted with a front loader and grass tyres. This 2013 model had done just over 6,500 hours. A 2011 Case IH Puma 155 with a little more than 10,000 hours and front links and pto fetched £21,000.
Trade for older Deeres was strong, with a 2008-registered 6930 reaching £20,000. This one had an AutoQuad ‘box and showed 9,511 hours. A 2007 example of the same model made £19,000. This one had its original engine replaced with a Cummins unit at some point in its life. Hours shown on the terminal was 8,900. At £17,500 was a 2005 6620 fitted with a Sigma front loader. This one was showing 8,224 hours. And a tidy looking 6320 from 2005 got to £16,000 with 4,675 hours on the clock.