ARTICLES BY MACHINERY INSIDER
Bids on Balers Are Booming By: 05/01/2015 @ 3:12pm

By Dave MowitzYou could track the return of prosperity in the cattle business by visiting any dealer’s lot or auction yard late in 2012. That was about the time a string of round balers brought record prices…

Buying Used Precision Ag Gear By: 04/01/2015 @ 11:24am

The devil is in the details when it comes to buying used precision agricultural electronics. While it is always a good idea to read the fine print on any piece of used equipment, it is an absolute necessity…

Skyrocketing Semitruck Prices By: 03/12/2015 @ 11:58am

By Dave Mowitz  Agriculture enjoyed a generous windfall from the sluggish general economy when it came to the sale of traditionally nonfarm machinery like construction gear and semitrailer tractor trucks…

Inspect Hydraulic Systems on Older Implements By: 03/05/2015 @ 4:26pm

There is not a great deal to look for when inspecting the condition of tillage implements, provided they are late-model units. “Bends, breaks, shovels, or disks – there isn’t anything complicated when it…

The Price Range of Hard-to-Move Field Cultivators By: 03/05/2015 @ 4:15pm

This is the tale of three field cultivators – one priced at $90,000, one priced at $54,000, and one priced at $23,000 – and the power of the Internet.You have at your fingertips the ability to search the…

Tractor Prices Compared to Europe By: 02/06/2015 @ 3:11pm

While data-mining on the Internet, one of my favorite online auction sites is rbauction.com. This is the Web home for the Ritchie Brothers, which conducts both live and online sales. I was rooting around the…

Age Has Little Impact on Value of Used Tractors By: 02/06/2015 @ 2:59pm

The wealth of late-model and low-hour tractors in the high-horsepower classes has been capturing all the attention at auction or on dealers’ lots of late. As the marketplace works its way through a glut of…

Sharpen Your Bids on Used Planters By: 02/02/2015 @ 10:53am

Late November last year, I stood freezing at a farm retirement auction being held in Illinois. What attracted me to this particular sale was the amazing line of almost-new equipment. This farming partnership…

Tire Condition Influences Used Tractor Prices By: 01/05/2015 @ 10:35am

At a farm retirement sale in late November, a 12-year-old Deere 9520 with 8,935 hours running on 710/70R38 duals went for $36,200. The farmer who made the bid was pleased. He’d been looking at +400-hp…

Bids Plummet on Four-Wheel Drive Tractors By: 01/05/2015 @ 10:22am

Evidence that the worth of late-model four-wheel-drive tractors has fallen was offered up at a recent consignment sale. The bidding had just ceased on the 2011 Case IH Steiger 385 shown above.This one-owner…

Shopping Dealers' Lots By: 11/24/2014 @ 2:15pm

Last winter, I investigated how dealer asking prices vary across the country. I selected for my price test guinea pig John Deere 8335R tractors, as they are such a popular model. Indeed, on a single day last…

Forklift Presale Inspection By: 10/30/2014 @ 4:43pm

Forklifts often are subjected to harder service that most farm machinery being run year-round by a variety of operators who are not necessarily owners of the equipment. For that reason alone, you need to…

Sizing Up Rough-Terrain Forklifts By: 10/30/2014 @ 4:34pm

Farmers have always held a certain fascination with forklifts, readily recognizing their convenience over a tractor loader for lifting, loading, and moving nearly anything.Few operations, however, owned…

Key Inspection Pointers for Trailers By: 10/16/2014 @ 3:58pm

True, trailers don’t come with engines and transmissions or all the repair complications those components threaten. You still need to “do your due diligence before buying used trailers,” urges Dick…

Hopper Trailer Price Trends By: 10/16/2014 @ 3:47pm

The volume of machinery was astounding at Steffes Auctioneers’ summer consignment sale held near Fargo, North Dakota. So much iron was up for grabs that it took five auctioneers calling out of five trucks to…

Late-Model Grain Carts ARE Available By: 09/08/2014 @ 4:45pm

A grain cart is one of those pieces of equipment that often is bought new, is fully used, and then is sold with well-worn flighting, balding tires, and a load of questionable bearings. This buy-it-for-life…

Used Harvesters Flood the Market By: 08/08/2014 @ 12:23pm

Bidding at a consignment auction that I recently attended matched the weather that day: cold. For example, I watched bidding on a 2006 John Deere 9660 STS in excellent condition, with 1,637 separator hours…

Grain Trailer Values Drop With Age By: 07/01/2014 @ 10:22am

Hopper-bottom grain trailers defy age when it comes to their resale values, I recently discovered. I was researching the values of Wilson Pacesetter DWH-500 series trailers before attending a truck and trailer…

Grain Trailer Values Drop With Age By: 05/07/2014 @ 11:23am

Hopper-bottom grain trailers defy age when it comes to their resale values, I recently discovered. I was researching the values of Wilson Pacesetter DWH-500 series trailers before attending a truck and trailer…

Self-Propelled Sprayers By: 04/17/2014 @ 10:00am

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…

Dealing with Dealer Asking Prices By: 03/18/2014 @ 11:13am

On a recent trip to a machinery sale to shoot segments for the Successful Farming Machinery Show, I noticed a curious thing driving by dealers’ lots. They were full of used equipment. Specifically, they were…

Sorting out semi truck values By: 03/06/2014 @ 9:13am

Shopping around for used semitrailer trucks offers a unique set of challenges as compared with tractors. That’s what I discovered while walking the aisles at a massive truck consignment sale in Bettendorf…

4 Tips for a Successful Presale Implement Inspection By: 02/05/2014 @ 10:59am

The challenge with buying tillage tools is that they often lack detailed usage information. With a motorized machine, you can check on engine hours to gauge its use. Implements demand a personal inspection to…

Vertical-Till Disks Attracting Bids By: 02/05/2014 @ 10:51am

While lower commodity prices have had a dampening effect on the sale of big-ticket items such as used tractors and combines, the same isn’t necessarily true of tillage implements. If anything, buyers are…

Late-model harvesters flood sales By: 01/09/2014 @ 1:44pm

This winter promises to offer some great bargains in late-model used combines. Prices don’t lie.Take a look at the chart below. This represents the trends in auction (live and online) prices for various Case…

Classic tractors flex their muscle By: 12/09/2013 @ 10:31am

John Zakovec is a great example of what is happening with vintage tractor collecting. Zakovec grew up driving an Oliver 66, but his passion is for 40- to 50-year-old tractors, especially Oliver models. His…

Now is the time to buy a platform By: 11/05/2013 @ 8:31am

If your cutting platform is getting long in the tooth or you’re looking to upgrade to a wider head, now is the time to be looking for a deal on a late-model used replacement. My certainty of this fact was…

Harvester prices are flat By: 10/21/2013 @ 2:52pm

I took a trip to South Dakota to confirm a rumor. I had been receiving reports of a potential glut of used late-model combines this summer, so in August, I traveled to that state to determine if there was any…

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