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Steel Deals - Vertical Tillage Equipment

Farmers wanting to buy used vertical tillage machines this fall may be in for sticker shock. Inventories of late-model farm equipment are drying up on dealer lots because of a lack of new machinery sales since 2015. Dealers are holding firm on their late-model prices.

Dave Mowitz is the executive machinery editor for Successful Farming magazine. He compared prices for late-model vertical tillage implements in the 25'-40' range with 2018 machines still sitting on dealer’s lots waiting to be sold. He says the price differences were nominal.

"And in some cases, that difference really reduced to almost less than $2,500 between a new machine and a used machine," says Mowitz. "So, the question comes up, maybe instead of buying used you may want to look at paying that difference, that $1,000, $10,000, or $15,000 difference in getting a new machine because it may not be a value to get the old one."

It’s the wear-and-tear on vertical tillage machines and lack of maintenance that can bite into the checkbook.

"If you have to replace the discs on a VT machine it’s going to set you back plenty because there’s a lot of them out there. Their spacing can be 6”-7”-8” apart," he says. "But at the very least, you may even have to sharpen those blades which is not going to be cheap."

If you are considering a used machine, Mowitz highly recommends grabbing a tape measure, find out the original diameter and dimensions of the discs, and then measure them to see what the wear is.

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