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Machinery Pete: Record prices on Nebraska auction

Agriculture.com Staff 06/16/2010 @ 1:35pm

YouTube. Twitter. Facebook.

I can't believe how quickly and completely these three internet tools have transformed what it is I've been doing for the past 21 years, covering and reporting on sale prices of all types of farm and construction equipment sold at auction around the U.S. and Canada.

What a perfect complement they are to the raw data I compile.

So now in addition to telling you about the CaseIH 2594 2WD tractor with 833 hours sold last Saturday (June 12) on a farm retirement auction in northeast Nebraska for a record high sale price of $33,000, I can show you too. In essence you can tag along with me to the auction and watch that CaseIH 2594 tractor sell for yourself via our Youtube channel. Here's the clip:

Now compare that CaseIH 2594 tractor you just watched sell for $33,000 to other CaseIH 2594's I've seen sold at auction over the years:

As our YouTube video from the sale in Nebraska last Saturday showed, there were other record high auction sale prices. One was on the Westendorf WL-42 loader. She was a beauty, hardly used. Sold for $6,300. Click on the link below to view all the other Westendorf WL-42 loaders I've seen sold at auction over the last 14 years:

I've always been a big believer in context. Any set of facts gain much greater meaning and significance when viewed in full context. YouTube and Facebook help me provide better context on the auction sale prices I present. How big was the crowd at the sale? How did the tractor look? How much did the last two bidders run the final sale price? Valuable visual context I think.

Now I can do even more with Facebook.

Last week we got our new Machinery Pete page set up on Facebook. So after my five hour drive home Saturday from the auction in northeast Nebraska I went to work and within an hour I had created a photo album with 58 pics from the auction. More visual context.

Check out this pic I snapped Saturday.

Made me smile. Sale days can get long and we all need a break. This picture is just begging for a caption, don't you think? Here's your chance to write your own caption in a thread I posted in Machinery Talk. My caption? "I can't believe Nebraska is in the Big Ten."

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