What 150 hp tractor will $35K buy?
What a great question.
Agriculture.com user "hinfarm" dropped in a post in the Machinery Talk discussion group earlier this week looking for advice and opinions on the best used 150 horsepower tractor he could buy for $35,000 or under. He was looking to use the tractor to pull a 12-row planter, spray, cut hay with a discbine and pull up to a 600-bushel grain cart.
"Hinfarm" was open to all colors.
I enjoyed reading the replies as agriculture.com users chimed in with their suggestions: CaseIH 7120, Ford-NH 8670, Deere 4555, and Deere 4450 tractors were among the models folks suggested.
What I focused on was the $35,000 price limit "hinfarm" mentioned. Every good shopper has a price range in mind.
How realistic are the models suggested above in relation to this stated $35,000 price range? Well, that depends on how many hours, the overall condition of the tractor as well as how it is equipped. For example, is it a two-wheel drive or mechanical front-wheel drive?
Now I could sit here and tell you that CaseIH 7120 tractors are selling for an average of $33,667 at auction so far in 2007 and that the average dealer advertised price on a 7120 is $37,679 so far this year (both true), but I'd rather get more specific. "Hinfarm" might be interested to see the price spread between the 1988 model 7120, two-wheel drive, with 6,997 hours sold August 16, 2007, on an auction in northeast Nebraska for $23,000 and the 1993 7120 with 3,293 hours, also two-wheel drive, sold earlier this year on an auction in north-central Ohio for $42,000.
Click on the links below to pull up our auction sale price data on various makes & models of tractors in the 150 horsepower range. You can begin to see the interesting options "hinfarm" has - maybe a newer CaseIH 7220 with higher hours? Same with the green stuff, maybe a very nice older 4450 versus a newer 7800 with higher hours or in not as good condition.
Click here to download a PDF with expanded auction price data on CaseIH 7120 tractors.
Click here to download a PDF with expanded auction price data on CaseIH 7220 tractors.
Click here to download a PDF with expanded auction price data on CaseIH 8920 tractors.
Click here to download a PDF with expanded auction price data on Ford-NH 8670 tractors.