ARTICLES BY MACHINERY INSIDER
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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