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Record auction price on JD 336 baler

GREG PETERSON 11/29/2012 @ 8:48am Greg Peterson writes "Machinery Pete" column for Successful Farming magazine and appears on the Machinery Show on RFD-TV, talking about trends in the used equipment market

Blistering.

About the best word I can think of to describe auction sale prices on most types of good condition used farm equipment here late in 2012. How hot has the market been? So hot I think I’d call November ’12 the “hottest” single month I’ve seen in my now 23+ years of tracking sale price data.

Last Saturday (November 24, 2012) I covered a nice farm estate auction down the road from me here in southeast Minnesota, on the edge of beautiful little LeRoy, MN. The sale was by my friend auctioneer Dean Eastman with Eastman & Sons Auction Co. of Riceville, IA. The auction was for the estate of Stan Bergan. Stan farmed about 280 acres and took exceptional care of his equipment.
Stan had a proud military background, serving our country as a Colonel in Afganistan among other spots. Stan’s like of John Deere tractors was a thing of beauty:

Line of JD tractors on Stanley Bergan farm estate auction in LeRoy, MN 11/24/12

This auction got off to a red hot start with one of the first items to sell being a nice looking JD 336 baler. Did I mention November ’12 has been a “red hot” month? Well folks, this nice looking JD 336 baler wound up selling for a new record high auction price of $4,900. Here’s the scoop on JD 336 baler values over the past 10 years:

One of those beautiful green standouts in Stan’s immaculate line of John Deere tractors was his 1976 JD 4630 with 6,514 hours. It sold for $20,7500, the 2nd highest auction sale price I’ve seen on a JD 4630 in the past 13 years. Check out my Youtube video below to watch the JD 336 baler and the JD 4630 tractor sell, plus many more interesting items from Saturday’s sale:


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