IN PICTURES: More than 100 tractors plus telehandlers and implements go under the hammer in first major auction of 2020
With new tractor registrations at the end of 2019 struggling, we were keen to see how the second hand market is holding up at auction, with trade and end users in the audience. Alex Heath reports.
The first major farm machinery sale of 2020 was recently held by Euro Auctions. It was also the first sale that used the auction house’s new facilities built on its site at Eggborough, near Leeds, complete with two custom built ramps and bidder facilities, that over the course of the three day sale saw some 5,300 lots sell.
Included in the lots was a huge array of plant equipment, including excavators, wheeled loader and miscellaneous lots such as generators and welfare units. Farm machinery played its part with over 100 tractors going under the hammer, along with countless telehandlers and implements.
Allan Kelly, the firm’s global marketing manager said the sale included a large quantity of New Holland tractors that had recently come off lease hire agreements, and were offered for sale ahead of the new registration year.
As well as the newer machines, a selection of dealer and farmer entered tractors were also sold. Mr Kelly said prices were buoyant overall and in-line with what the company was expecting, given the current on-farm climate. Buyers were a mix of dealers and farmers, with the internet also playing a strong part in the bidding process, he added.
It must be noted that prices stated are the hammer price, and do not include buyer commission or VAT. This is 10 per cent on the first £2,000 of the total, then 2.5 per cent on the balance.
First lot across the sale ramp was a 2007 John Deere 9780 combine. Having covered 2,190 engine hours and 1,591 drum hours, it was complete with a 7.5m header. It was knocked down at £30,000.
A 2009 Cat Challenger MT765C achieved £47,500. It had 6,886 hours on the clock and the tracks looked good for another couple of thousand hours. It was complete with front weights and three spools at the rear.
Looking a reasonable bang for your buck was a 1991 CAT Challenger 75. The clock had presumably gone round again, showing 845 hours. This 325hp crawler which had been painted black at some point in its life sold for £7,000.
The first of the New Holland consignment was a 2016 T7.290. With an Auto Command transmission, it was specced with a front linkage, suspension all round and four spools plus air at the rear. On the clock was 5,251 hours and sold for £52,000.
Selling with the balance of its 3,000 hour warranty was a T7.260. It had worked 1,632 hours, and came with front linkage and suspension, four spools at the rear and air brakes. It was knocked down at £62,500.
With just 666 hours on the clock, a 2019 New Holland T7.245 fitted with a Power Command transmission sold for the highest price of the day at £69,000. It came with a similar spec to the previous two machines and naturally its 650mm wide boots were like new.
Four other T7.245s had on average of 1,268 hours under their belts and sold to an average of £59,875, each complete with powershift ‘boxes.
A solitary 2018 T7.230 with 1,838 hours on the clock reached £61,000. It was a powershift version, fitted with the firm’s SideWinder armrest.
Most numerous were New Holland T7.210s, with seven forward. Topping the offering was a 2018 model with just 84 hours worked. It was sold for £63,000. A 2017 model with 3,070 hours on it sold for £47,000.The other five averaged 630 hours, with an average hammer price of £58,100.
With an average of 832 hours, four 2019 T7.190s all fitted with stepless transmissions sold to an average of £52.375. A Range Command version with 1,069 hours reached £54,000.
Three New Holland T6s were on offer. A 2018 T6.180 with 1,219 hours under its belt made £48,000, while a 2017 T6.145 with 2,948 hours made £39,500. A 16 plate T6.140 with 1,378 hours achieved £39,000.
A 2016 John Deere 6175R with Auto Quad transmission made £49,500 having done 5,166 hours, while a Direct Drive version a year older made £39,000.
A 6155M with 6,737 hours made £38,000 while a 6130M with 3,166 hours on it reached £40,500.
Equipped with a Trima front loader, this NH T5.115 made £28,500. It had covered 4,565 hours and came with wheel weights fitted at the rear.
Changing colour, a 2013 Deutz Fahr Agrotron L730 with just under 3,000 hours made £28,000. This 220hp tractor came with front links and pto as well as a suspended front axle and cab.
A 2014 Massey Ferguson 7618 on 4,300 hours realised £31,000. It was specced with the firm’s DynaVT transmission and front linkage and pto.
A John Deere 7530 made £17,500. This 2007 model had just under 12,000 hours on the clock, with the firms CVT box fitted.
A 2005 6920S with the same transmission made £16,500. This high spec model came with front links and pto as well as its GPS receiver. It showed 2,814 hours, which appeared low, although it was in a tidy condition.
In classic corner, a Fiat F100 with 7,585 hours made just £5,500.
A tidy looking 1994 John Deere 3650 showing just shy of 14,000 ours made £8,500 while a cabless two wheel drive 3130 showing 2,016 hours made £5,250.
A 1983 Ford 7610 with 6,229 hours on the clock and fitted with a Howard front loader reached £7,000.
A 1977 Massey Ferguson 135 with a cab and 3,617 hours showing made £5,500 while and an immaculate Massey Harris, albeit towed onto the sale ramp made £1,400.
And what of modern Chinese built tractors? Three unused YTO M654 tractors each made £6,500 while two of the two wheel drive version, the M650 each made £5,750.
A multitude of telehandlers to suit a ranks of budgets and tasks was on offer.
One of the rarer machines was a 2018 Merlo Multi Farmer 40.9CS. This prototype machine has a four tonne lift capacity to nine metres, but also come equipped with a three point linkage and pto at the rear. It was knocked down at £35,000.
A trio of JCB TM320Ss met strong bidding, selling at £27,500 for a 16 plate and £25,500 each for a 2015 and 2014 model, the latter had just over 7,700 hours and came with a bucket and pallet forks.
Making £46,000 was this 2018 Manitou MLT635 140V. With 662 hours on the clock, it came with the firm’s JSM joystick, and a pick-up hitch. A compact Manitou 625H on a 15 plate, with 3,586 hours achieved £23,500.
A 2016 Claas Scorpion 7035 made £23,00. It was fitted with a cone and pin headstock and had done 5209 hours.
An LM5.25 from New Holland made £28,500. This 2018 machine had done just 62 hours.
This pair of Matbro loaders reached £5,750 for the TS280 side boom and £5,000 for the TR250 centre pivot. They had covered 5,600 and 8,700 hours respectively.
A similar pair of Sanderson loaders were also present, reaching £6,000 each for the GX525 articulated machine and TL7ST rigid telehandler.
Three perennially popular John Deere telehandlers were offered. The pair of 3220s made £11,750 and £8,000, having covered 9,681 and 8,427 hours respectively. The smaller 3215 had done 10,300 hours, but still achieved £10,000.
A pair of 2015 Cat TH337C each sold for £27,000. This one had done 1,837 hours.
In the implement ring, a pair of unused Barford L22 beaver tail plant trailers sold for £7,000 each.
These 19 tonne rated trailers have 6.7m long decks with sprung drawbars. Also from the same maker was a 15t dump trailer fitted with hydraulic brakes, up and over tailgate and LED lights made £6,500.
A well used 2007 Shelbourne Powermix Pro Express 22 twin axle diet feeder found a new home at £1,750.
A seven furrow Kuhn Manager semi-mounted plough realised £2,200.
Claiming £9,000 was a Kverneland Optima precision planter with eight rows.