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Are You Looking for a Late-Model Planter?

Inventories are low on dealer and auction lots, which is putting a solid price floor on 12-row and larger seeders.

A review of future trends for late-model planters can be seen in the sampling of Case IH and Kinze planters below as well as in the Pocket Price Guide. The upshot of all these values is that supplies of late-model planters are currently thin and will continue to be thin on into the future.

This is a major change compared with recent years. After 2014, sales of new planters sputtered then seemed to almost stop. Since then, the market has worked through an abundance of late-model used planters (model years 2011 to 2014) sitting on dealers’ lots. Under these circumstances, the used market was not being re-supplied with planters.

Expect this situation to continue the next several years, heralding a strong sellers’ market for planters. 

This puts you in a great position to ask for top dollar if you are trading in or selling a late-model planter, particularly seeders 16 to 24 rows in size. 

On the other hand, if you’re adding a second used planter or upgrading seeders, be aware there will be little wiggle room in price negotiations. The situation doesn’t preclude still finding the occasional good deal on a planter. Dealers are working hard to keep used iron inventories low; they want to move planters out the door. Also, by working the internet and being willing to buy farther from home, there will be opportunities to discover a good deal. That said, bear in mind that “if you are looking at a used planter, expect to spend additional money repairing and upgrading seed meters and key components regardless of the planter’s age,” warns Kevin Kimberley, crop consultant and Successful Farming magazine’s Planter Doctor. 

A sample of PRICES FOR 3- to 6-year-old PLANTERS

CASE IH 1255 

12R30 

  • 2016: $92,500
  • 2015: $84,100
  • 2014: $79,300
  • 2013: $74,900

16R30 

  • 2016: $95,270 
  • 2015: $88,500 
  • 2014: $78,750
  • 2013: $75,100

24R30 

  • 2016: $120,900
  • 2015: $114,500 
  • 2014: $105,100
  • 2013: $92,500

KINZE 3600 & 3600ASD

12R30 

  • 2016: $92,200
  • 2015: $87,700
  • 2014: $89,300
  • 2013: $76,500

16R30 

  • 2016: $97,270
  • 2015: $86,950
  • 2014: $85,900
  • 2013: $96,700

23R15 

  • 2016: $120,100
  • 2015: $110,500 
  • 2014: $105,000
  • 2013: $88,100

31R15 

  • 2016: $135,250
  • 2015: $108,000 
  • 2014: $96,100
  • 2013: $87,500
  • 2014: $84,000
  • 2013: $83,200 
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