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Machinery Pete: Record prices on Nebraska auction

YouTube. Twitter. Facebook.

I can't believe how quickly and completely these three internet tools have transformed what it is I've been doing for the past 21 years, covering and reporting on sale prices of all types of farm and construction equipment sold at auction around the U.S. and Canada.

What a perfect complement they are to the raw data I compile.

So now in addition to telling you about the CaseIH 2594 2WD tractor with 833 hours sold last Saturday (June 12) on a farm retirement auction in northeast Nebraska for a record high sale price of $33,000, I can show you too. In essence you can tag along with me to the auction and watch that CaseIH 2594 tractor sell for yourself via our Youtube channel. Here's the clip:

Now compare that CaseIH 2594 tractor you just watched sell for $33,000 to other CaseIH 2594's I've seen sold at auction over the years:

As our YouTube video from the sale in Nebraska last Saturday showed, there were other record high auction sale prices. One was on the Westendorf WL-42 loader. She was a beauty, hardly used. Sold for $6,300. Click on the link below to view all the other Westendorf WL-42 loaders I've seen sold at auction over the last 14 years:

I've always been a big believer in context. Any set of facts gain much greater meaning and significance when viewed in full context. YouTube and Facebook help me provide better context on the auction sale prices I present. How big was the crowd at the sale? How did the tractor look? How much did the last two bidders run the final sale price? Valuable visual context I think.

Now I can do even more with Facebook.

Last week we got our new Machinery Pete page set up on Facebook. So after my five hour drive home Saturday from the auction in northeast Nebraska I went to work and within an hour I had created a photo album with 58 pics from the auction. More visual context.

Check out this pic I snapped Saturday.

Made me smile. Sale days can get long and we all need a break. This picture is just begging for a caption, don't you think? Here's your chance to write your own caption in a thread I posted in Machinery Talk. My caption? "I can't believe Nebraska is in the Big Ten."

Last Wednesday night after getting home from covering a big dealer auction in Davenport, Iowa, I did the same thing, I created a photo album on our Facebook page with pics, sale prices and other interesting news and notes from that day's sale.

The immediacy these internet tools foster is amazing. Saturday at the Nebraska farm auction I covered, I was walking back to my pickup just after the bidding wrapped up. As I'm walking I'm on my cell phone posting a Twitter update saying the CaseIH 2594 2WD tractor with 833 hours just sold, literally minutes ago, for a record price of $33,000.

I tell this to folks more every my 21 years of tracking auction prices I've never had more fun than I'm having now. It's no secret, this new fun I'm having is due to internet tools like YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

Where am I off to next with my video camera?

To a farm estate auction June 23 in Champion, Wisconsin. Wow, does this sale have an impressive line of equipment. From the free "upcoming auctions" searchable database in our website, I found this partial listing of equipment for sale on this auction:

  • JD 8220 MFWD tractor with 2,445 hours
  • JD 7130 MFWD tractor with 386 hours
  • JD 4055 MFWD tractor with 7,148 hours
  • Oliver Hart-Parr 18-28 tractor, nice
  • Oliver Row Crop 66 tractor, nice
  • Oliver 1650 tractor
  • JD 9550 4WD combine with 3,565 engine hours
  • (2) JD 9510 combines, one with 3,962 engine hours
  • (2) JD 918 flex heads
  • 2006 Harvest Tec 4306C 6-row corn head
  • Case 1845C skid steer with 1,376 hours
  • NH BR7070 round baler, only done 767 bales
  • Parker 710 "Grain Chariot" cart
  • (8) J&M 385-50 gravity wagons

An impressive lineup of equipment on paper for sure, but for complete context you really need to see pictures of this stuff. Sparking clean. So here you go, a few pictures of items on this northeast Wisconsin auction:

What do you guess that JD 8220 MFWD tractor with 2,445 hours will sell for? Might be helpful to view what other 8220's have been selling for at auction. Here are the 8220s I've seen sold:

After the sale next Wednesday in Wisconsin I'll be on Youtube, Twitter and Facebook, as well as our own site posting video highlights, sale prices, pictures, and general news and notes from the sale.

Why don't you come along for the ride?

YouTube. Twitter. Facebook.

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