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Self-Propelled Sprayers

Machinery Insider 04/17/2014 @ 10:00am The Successful Farming/Agriculture.com Machinery Insider is your source for all the latest auction price data and analysis on the used farm machinery marketplace.

Like new” was an understatement in describing a 2013 Case IH Patriot 3330 sprayer that sold on a miserably cold day last winter. There were only 169 hours registered on that applicator’s meter. The machine was immaculate. In fact, its cab still smelled new! The 3330 was loaded with a 120-foot boom, 1,000-gallon stainless steel tank, Active Suspension, side and rear cameras, HID field lighting, AccuBoom, AutoBoom shut-off, and a full array of Raven electronics. 

Here was a good test of the used iron market last winter. 

The Patriot was one of several highly anticipated items on the auction block at a farm sale being held near Kirksville, Missouri, conducted by Sullivan Auctioneers. Dan Sullivan said there were as many online bidders registered as live participants, partly due to the Patriot sprayer. 

“A well cared for sprayer like this is gold, particularly for online bidders,” Sullivan said, explaining the high participation of Internet buyers.

Like-new bids? Only if you look at base price
So when the final bid was taken that day, the 2013 model Patriot 3330 left that farm for $237,000. For comparison, the base list price for a 2014 Patriot 3330 is $234,860.

This sale proved that a brand-new price was given for a like-new late-model used machine. That has been a well-established trend the last five to seven years. (I later found out I was wrong with that assumption.)

Self-propelled sprayers are as option-rich an iron commodity as there is on the market today. Their used values are greatly influenced by how well they are equipped when originally purchased new.

Looking back at that 2013 Patriot 3330, I added up the various options it was equipped with using the handy “Build and Price” page of Case IH’s website.

The Patriot 3330 that sold at the Sullivan event was equipped with an estimated $94,000 worth of options, accessories, and electronics at 2014 prices. 

So if you account for $90,000 in added value (in 2013 dollars), it appears the 3330’s final bid was flat compared with one to two years ago when it may have brought an extra $30,000 to $40,000. I based that on prices I accumulated for such sprayers that sold in 2011 and 2012.

Still, as Sullivan points out, well-cared-for equipment consistently brings top dollar at sale or at trade-in.

Sullivan quickly adds that lower commodity prices are having a negative impact on used values. “We have a lot of late-model machinery in the countryside at the present time,” he says. “Until all that iron works its way through the market, its average value is going to be generally depressed.”

Well equipped?
To help you put a price on late-model self-propelled sprayers, you’ll find recent sales of these machines in the Pocket Price Guide on the next page.   

When going over these figures, be sure to take into account how the sprayers were configured. For starters, note the differences in boom widths. They range from 90 feet to 120 feet. 

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