8 October 1999

Buyers are cautious on used tackle

By Simon Wragg

TIGHTER times in the arable sector have rubbed off on second-hand machinery sales with buyers only venturing cautious money for essential kit.

A large crowd gathered at Halls auctions Forton Airfield sale for its last fixture of the year. While tidy tackle attracted attention, there were few over-zealous bids being taken. Auctioneer Nick Hyne described the trade as "just that bit more difficult".

Farmer caution allowed some dealers to secure stock. A straight Kverneland four-furrow reversible plough with serviceable hardware went at £1300. Likewise, there was simmering demand for cultivation kit with a McConnell Shakaerator with rear crumble roller at £480 and a large Edwards straw incorporater at £900.

Drawing many from the predominately livestock-based Welsh Borders, winter housing and feeding machinery was a keener trade. With margins under pressure, a serviceable Kverneland round bale feeder took bids to £800. Entries out of agents yards were matched to the days trade. One of two Grays yard scrapers fetched £340; the other didnt make reserve.

At Lichfields collective machinery sale the mood was matched by the persistent drizzle. Older, tired kit was much harder to shift. And, although the export market for tractors may be depressed, dealers were active. A fire-damaged MF165 with Multipower sold for £360.

Stock-type tractors are still hitting a home trade with a Leyland 384 on an old L-plate going at £750. Likewise a Sanderson 4wd forklift sold for £1850. Arable and 4wd outfits were a strong trade. An MF698 with 5640 clocked hours went at £3000; a County 944 – popular for export – on an old N-plate at £1780.

According to Bagshaws Stephen Edgerton trade in stock trailers was of greater surprise. "Weve seen prices Id have expected 18 months ago." Ifor boxes sold at £750, flat trailers at £400, and a CF-mounted box at £270.

On-farm dispersals still have an edge. Producers wary of some entries in the collective sale have been paying for clean kit with a genuine reason for sale.

And when nine John Deere tractors featured, Chris Goodall of John Pickup & Co, Doncaster reported a good trade.

The oldest, a 2wd with 7600 hours, fetched £4850 with a top of £23,100 for a 6600 with 800 clocked hours. "Bigger items are selling well; it reflects the change in farming." &#42