Auction house Cheffins reports buoyant online bidding for its first machinery sale to be held at its Sutton machinery sale site, since lockdown began nearly two months ago. Alex Heath rounds up the key prices.
A deserted sale ground for Cheffins’ May machinery sale saw the machinery parade live streamed, with bidding strictly online only. The auction house said any fears that the trade may not hold up were allayed within minutes of the sale starting, with the second-hand machinery market proving resilient in the face of the global pandemic.
The firm reported a higher than expected amount of trade came from overseas buyers, which did not allow travelling restrictions to preclude them from buying online. While travelling to see machinery may have been difficult, the auction house said that exporting machines is still feasible and was pleased that export buyers were not deterred from buying as a result.
Bill Pepper, director and auctioneer said: “This auction was a tentative first sale after lockdown and we are delighted with the overall result. The second-hand machinery trade is as strong as it was pre-lockdown with buyers determined to secure the best quality tractors and machinery with some competitive bidding taking place online.”
He added: “This is the first time in our history that we have hosted our monthly sale with online bidding only and, until restrictions are relaxed further, this could be our modus operandi for a few months yet.”
The prices quoted throughout are the hammer price, and do not include buyer’s service charge or VAT. These are 3.5 per cent and 20 per cent respectively.
Some 300 tractors were driven over the sale ramp in usual fashion, with a 13-strong consignment of 2018 Massey Ferguson tractors stealing the show.
Topping the consignment was a 7720S with 1,790 hours on the clock, at £59,000. This was fitted with front linkage and pto, 50kph Dyna-6 transmission and 420mm front and 520mm rear rubber. At £54,500 was another 7720, this one having clocked up 2,286 hours and registered in 2016. It too was a Dyna-6 version, with 600mm and 650mm tyres.
Next at £51,000 was a 2018 registered 6713S with just under 1,600 hours covered. It too had a Dyna-6 ‘box fitted, front linkage and pto and sat on 480mm and 600mm tyres. Making £40,500 was a 5712S on the same plate, with 1,462 hours. It was a 40kph Dyna-4 model, fitted with front linkage and front axle suspension. Just behind at £40,000 was another 5712S, this one had 1,253 on the clock and was almost identical spec to the first, having the Efficient package fitted.
A single 5711S made £37,000, with 800 hours showing, while a trio of 5711S models reached £36,500 each. The first at this money had 1,110 hours on the clock, the second registered 1,279 hours, while the third had covered 1,303 hours. All came with Dyna-4 transmissions, a full set of wafer weights and had 340mm-wide tyres all round.
John Deere highlights included a 14 plate 6210R showing 5,730 hours, with direct drive, front and cab suspension and front linkage knocked down at £51,000.
A 2018 6155M fitted with a 40kph AutoQuad ‘box sold for £46,500 with 3,300 hours on the clock. At £45,500 was a 16-plate 6195R on 8,030 hours, with front links and pto as well as AutoPowr transmission.
Having covered just shy of 10,000 hours, another 6195R fitted with the same transmission, front links and pto, and AutoTrac ready, made £39,000.
Making £40,800 was a 2012 7230R, showing 4,278 hours. This was kitted out with an AutoQuad transmission, four electric spools and GPS receiver. Just behind at £35,400 was a 7215R, showing 6,948 hours. It came with its Starfire GPS system, front linkage and AutoPowr transmission.
Meeting a strong trade were a host of John Deere 30 Series tractors. Top of the lot was a 10-plate 6930 with just shy of 8,000 hours and AutoQuad transmission. Next best with just over 8,000 showing was a 2008 6830 with 40kph AutoQuad, while at £23,500 a 7530 from the same year had nearly new rubber and 9,777 hours on the clock.
New Hollands reached £30,000 for a 2013 T7.200 showing 5,693 hours and fitted with a Range Command transmission. Another of the same model, this time with Auto Command ‘box and on a 14-plate made £22,500 with 10,353 hours on the clock.
At £21,800, a 2015 TD110D on Kleber rubber had covered just 1,459 hours. A 2005 TS115A with 16 by 16 gearbox made £17,800. A TM190 from the same year achieved £17,200. This power Command model was showing just under 6,200 hours.
Case IH models topped at £27,500 for a 2015 Puma 230CVX. This came complete with front linkage and its AFS700 screen which showed over 14,000 hours. A 2013 Puma 150CVX on 7,236 hours made 25,500 while a 2012 Puma 130CVX made £25,000. A 1997 7220 on 7,049 hours made £16,400.
Best of the rest saw a 63-plate Valtra T213 with front linkage, showing 4,417 hours sell for £36,500. A 2004 JCB 3170 Plus realised £20,200 with just shy of 8,000 hours on the clock. A 2009 Claas Axos 340 fitted with a front loader and showing 4,373 hours reached £17,800 and 13-plate Arion 630 with 8,196 hours registered made £17,200
Donated by the Doubleday Group, two pedal tractors achieved £350 for a Claas Arion 640 and £300 for McCormick MTX140 fitted with front loader, with all sale proceeds and commission being donated to the NHS.