Whether you’re looking to buy a modern prime mover or older workhorse, prices on the tractor front look pretty buoyant thanks to a weak pound and strong export trade. As ever, popular classics have been getting plenty of interest.
One sale on the south coast saw strong bidding for a trio of Case Internationals.
A 1988 1056 XL with 40kph gearbox made £9,050 despite having nearly 10,200 hours on the clock.
Hot on its heels, a 1992 956 XL with just shy of 8,000 hours under its belt went under the hammer for £7,100 while an older white-roofed 1985 956 XL got knocked down for £6,000.
More recently an 11,200-hour John Deere 6810 made £13,300.
At the other end of the spectrum, another sale close to Dorchester saw very recent, low-houred Deutz Fahr and Claas tractors go under the hammer.
A 2014 Deutz Agrotron 190 C Shift with front linkage and pto and 1,250 hours on the dash made £53,500 while a brace of Claas Arion 650s, virtually identically specced with front links, ptos and loader brackets sold for just over £50,000 apiece, one going with a Claas-branded MX loader for an extra £2,500.
Last week, a Somerset arable farm dispersal sale saw a 2011 4,900-hour John Deere 6930 Autoquad make £38,400 alongside a 2004 JCB 535-60 Loadall which went for £21,000 with unknown hours.
The combine – a 2007 New Holland CX760 with 6m (20ft) header and 1,400 drum hours – made £58,500.
Second-hand sales on the up
“We’re seeing strong demand from all sectors primarily thanks to the exchange rate which has brought the export trade back to life following the Brexit vote,” says Symonds and Sampson auctioneer Greg Ridout.
“That said, many of the machines we’ve sold recently have stayed close to home because farmers are looking hard at costs and are put off new kit by the seemingly unending price rises.
“The classics will always fetch good money and small stockman tractors never fail to attract buyers – we rarely see a decent 100hp loader tractor going for much less than £10,000.”
Two weeks ago a pair of Case stockman tractors “in their working clothes” surprised sale goers with the interest they attracted.
A 20-year-old, 8,190-hour, 4wd 4240 XL Pro with Quicke loader topped out at £9,800 while a 2wd 1991 885 XL made £3,250 despite having declared braking issues.
Two relatively unusual machines that have recently gone under the hammer with Symonds and Sampson stand out as particular bargains.
Last week a 15-year-old Multidrive MD4200 with a 2,500-litre, 24m boom spray pack and 8,927 hours on the clock sold for £10,000.
A couple of weeks previously a 1995 Claas Jaguar 860 self-propelled mower conversion with 2002 8.7m Disco triple mo-cos got knocked down for £11,750.
“The Jaguar looked like a real bargain at that money and had the potential to cover some serious ground.
“If you set out to buy a 450hp mowing rig today you’d easily part with a quarter of a million pounds,” says auctioneer Mark Northcott.
“It’s a specialist bit of kit that would only suit certain people but for the right person it was really good value.
“It’s a similar story with the Multidrive, it might have clocked a few hours but for £10,000 it’s a cheap sprayer for the money and has still got plenty of life left in it.”