Before the much anticipated dispersal sale of Hawk Plant UK, theories regarding where prices for machinery were going to be, were widely ranging. Alex Heath went to the sale in Shropshire, one of the largest of its kind ever seen.
The dispersal of the agricultural portion of Hawk Plant UK which went into administration at the beginning of this year, took place on March 14 with local, national and international buyers bidding on the 119 tractors presented for sale. The predominance of the sale was made up of three year old John Deere R and M series tractors, and a handful of JCB Fastrac tractors.
Also for sale was the liquidated company’s telehandler fleet, made up exclusively of JCB machines. Most of these were construction-spec, however two AgriSuper models met a strong demand.
Buyers from Germany, Romania and Ireland were present, as were farmers and dealers from the length and breadth of the UK, and a strong internet presence kept price buoyant according to auctioneer Lucas Schneider.
He said that prior to the sale a global interest was seen by auction house Euro Auctions, who conducted the sale. “This was probably the second largest sale of its type we have conduct after the series of Hewden site clearances we conducted in 2017,” the auctioneers said.
He put the strong prices down to the sheer number of machines forward, encouraging the largest dealers from Europe in particular to cross the channel.
He also commented that; “the machines were all in good order and of a vintage that some still had warranty, giving buyers reassurance to bid keenly.”The majority of tractors were knocked down to bids on the ground, with internet bids putting a strong bottom in the market.
Plant and telehandlers saw more winning bids from the internet, and Mr Schneider expected that to continue on the second day of the sale when heavy plant was to be sold. It must be noted that the hammer price is reported throughout, and does not include the 2.5 per cent commission rate.
Kicking off the sale was a trio of JCB 4220 Fastracs with between 2,450 and 3,300 hours on the clock, knock down to one buyer at £80,500 apiece. These 17 plate machines all had front linkages, with two sat on 600mm tyres at 60 per cent and the other on nearly new row crops.
Topping the sale was a brace of 66 plate John Deere 8370R on 2,377 and 2,268 hours respectively. Well specced with AutoPower continuously variable transmissions, front linkage and Greenstar GPS ready they were knocked down at £109,000 apiece.
The only JD 7310R in the sale realised £104,000. With 1,856 hours on the clock it was equally well equipped.
Two JD 7290Rs sold for £97,000 with under 2,000 hours of use. A third with 2,155 hours sold for £87,500. All were 66 plates with CVT and front links.
At the same money as the later was the only big New Holland in the sale, a 17 plate T7.315 with 1,158 hours on it. This came with the firm’s AutoCommand CVT, five spools, front links and sat on 800mm rubber at 90 per cent.
Two JD 7250Rs sold at £84,000 and £82,000 with 1,645 and 2,205 hours on respectively. These as with the same refinements as the previous 7 series tractors.
Into the main run of tractors and the 15 JD 6215Rs topped at £93,000 for a 66 plate model with 1,697 hours on. This AutoPower model had all the bells and whistles.
Buyers were obviously after the lowest hour tractors, with CVTs commanding a noticeable premium in this power bracket, averaging £83,666 compared to the DirectDrive semi-powershift transmission which averaged £80,333.
Direct Drive 6215Rs topped out at £89,000 for a model with front pto and 3,066 hours on the clock.
JD 6195Rs reached £82,000 for a 66 plate model on 1,690 hours. This CVT model came with a front linkage. Next best was a 17 plate with 1,792 hours on it. This had an AutoQuad transmission and was knocked down to an internet bidder.
Of the 13 JD 6175Rs forward, top price was paid for the only AutoPower version, a 66 plate on 2,039 hours at £77,000. The next best and top of the AutoQuad offering was £76,000 for a 17 plate model with 1,481 hours clocked up.
A run of 35 JD 6155Rs saw a top price of £78,000 paid for one a just a handful of AutoPower models. This one was a 66 plate, having racked up 1,563 hours and came with front links and pto. A second with similar spec made £76,000 with 2,687 hours on it.
AutoQuad 6155Rs topped at £72,000 for a 66 plate, well specced machine with 1,588 hours. One of the only tractors equipped with a Loader reached £57,000. This was a 66 plate AutoQuad with 7,823 hours, sitting on rubber at about 20 per cent.
Tractors in this model number with AutoPower transmission averaged £71,000 compared to £62,892 for those with AutoQuad.
The more basic JD 6155M topped at £54,000 for a 66plate with only 806 hours on the clock. This had a 40kph AutoQuad transmission and came with a front weight.
Twenty JD 6145Rs saw a 66 plate model with AutoQuad transmission reach £67,000 barely run in at 180 hours. A second with the same transmission and just 661 hours made £64,000.
Rounding up the tractor proceedings was six JD 6130Ms. Top price here was £47,500 for a 66 plate model with 475 hours on it. This one had a PowerQuad transmission.
The majority of telehandlers present were construction spec machines, with a top price of £61,000 paid for an unused JCB 540-140 HiViz on a 68 plate.
On the Ag handler front, top money was a £57,000 bid from the internet for a 17 reg JCB 535-95 AgriSuper. This one had covered 1641 hours.
The only other ag-spec machine made £48,500 for a JCB 531-70 AgriSuper, with 2,196 hours on it. This 17 plate model came with a pick up hitch and pallet tines.