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Dr. Pete: Helping family and friends avoid hard feelings

Agriculture.com Staff 05/03/2007 @ 12:00pm

"Unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice."

That would be the definition for the word dispassionate. I know because I just looked it up in Webster's Dictionary. Dispassionate, as in the opposite of passionate. Synonyms for dispassionate include cool, impartial, moderate, temperate, unimpassioned, and unruffled.

I got thinking about the word "dispassionate" this week as I took a phone call I've grown familiar with. The call was from a guy looking to buy a used tractor from his friend, an Allis Chalmers 7060. Each party was trying to establish a fair price. Neither side wanted to cheat the other.

They wanted to remain friends.

Other forms of this type of phone call I've taken over the years include a dad retiring from farming and selling his line of equipment to his sons. He can't afford to sell for too little but doesn't want to stick it to his boys either. Then there was the call from the farm wife whose husband had left her. They were in the process of splitting up their assets and she didn't trust his valuation of their late-model used equipment. Nor should she have.

Or the call from a son whose father recently passed away. He'd like to buy dad's old tractor, the one the son loved to drive around the farm decades ago. Faithful son wants the tractor but needs to pay mom a fair price, a price his non-farm siblings won't wonder about. "Did my brother buy the tractor too cheap? Mom really could use the money."

Dispassionate advice regarding current used equipment values is what all these folks needed. Move over Dr. Phil, these problems are out of your area of expertise. Dr. Pete is here to help.

A psychologist I'm not. But I have been compiling dispassionate data on used farm equipment values for 17 ½ years now. On our Web site we have amassed 191,600+ actual auction sale prices on all types of equipment. What's it worth? I can show you the facts, not opinion.

Take the caller from Illinois for example. The guy looking to buy an AC 7060 tractor from his friend. What's a 7060 tractor worth? Click on the link below to find out. Allis Chalmers made 7060s, which are approximately 160 horsepower, from 1975 to 1981.

Click the other links below to view five years' worth of auction sale price data on other makes and models of tractors of that same vintage and horsepower.

Click here to download a PDF with expanded auction price data on AC 7060 tractors.

Click here to download a PDF with expanded auction price data on White 2-155 tractors.

Click here to download a PDF with expanded auction price data on Case 1370 tractors.

Click here to download a PDF with expanded auction price data on Case 2390 tractors.

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