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Selling a speedy baler

GREG PETERSON 07/28/2011 @ 10:35am 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

After nearly 22 years, there aren't too many things I haven't seen sold at auction.

A new one coming Saturday (July 30th) on a farm auction near the eastern Wisconsin town of Whitelaw. A rare working self-propelled New Holland 178 hay cruiser hay baler, Serial Number 654. Check out the pictures of this thing, it's quite a looker. Complete with Wisconsin V160D engine. My favorite pic is of the "Cruise Control Center" just below where the operator sits.

Oh, one more thing. This baby does 23 mph!

This auction by my friend Gregg Miller with Miller 'N Co. Auctions & Appraisals. I can't make the auction Saturday, but I'm working with Gregg to get some video of this NH 178 baler selling on the auction. A unique little piece of history.

I had a little fun on our Machinery Pete Facebook page and posted a picture of the NH 178 self-propelled baler that does 23 mph. Folks had fun and chipped in to leave a clever comment trail:

Machinery Pete I haven't seen one of these babies sell at auction...wonder what it go for??

Kory K.  There was one sold here in NW IA I think last summer. Brought around $4K... But didn't look that nice! The guy that bought it cleaned it up, and does a little baling with it!

Charly B. Auctions ‎23 mph? Dang!

Steve W. a friend of mine saw one of these in action in Marion County KY, I have never seen one. Thanks for posting!

Josh S.  looking like that, I'd guess $10,500

Larry O. ‎23mph... cuz that is important when baling hay!

Machinery Pete ‎23 mph...kinda looks like a New Holland dragster! Should buy it, soup it up, run it up at Brainerd International Raceway :-)

Larry O.  all it is missing is flames painted down the side! haha

Machinery Pete Flames....PERFECT!!

Jay G. I always thought those were the neatest thing I had ever seen!!!

Steve W.  that thing probably still wear out forty good men, lol

Jay G.  That is one of the late models!!!!

Steve W.  bet it's a dirty spot to be sitting overtop the pickup

Nicholas F.  There is one of these in NZ, original farm condition still does a couple of thousand bales a year

Lance J.  It would be a lot more fun to drive around than to bale, I think. I did a fair amount of baling with a pull type and it wasn't so fun with a breeze from the rear! No filtered AC on this one.

Machinery Pete  Think you're on to something there Lance...perhaps a politician running for office should buy it, ride it in parades...baling for Votes!Jay G.  And they could pull a manure spreader to spread their BS!!!!!

Jay G.  An old JD 44 spreader would look good behind this!!!! LOL

On second thought, this rare old self-propelled hay baler is too good to waste on a politician. They can ride in back in the manure spreader Jay G. suggested, where they belong if they can't agree to at least talk to each other.

I can't wait to find out how this baler sells on Saturday. Stay tuned for that sale price, and for video footage from the auction I hope. Two very nice tractors on this auction as well. A 1995 CaseIH 7250 MFWD with 6,700 hours and a Ford 8700 2WD, bought from a semi retired neighbor when it had only 50 hours on it.

Click on the link below to view all the auction sale price data I've compiled on CaseIH 7250 tractors over the years.

The highest sale price I've seen came back on an April 9th farm estate sale this year, a 1996 model 7250 with 2,758 hours sold for $85,500 in southeast Minnesota. My friends Matt and Kevin Maring of Maring Auction Co. had that sale. Here's video of that 7250 selling for $85,500:


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