By Farmers Weekly staff

BUYERS of second-hand machinery keep surprising auctioneers with the distance they are prepared to travel in order to secure good, clean, well serviced machinery and bidding is as competitive as ever.

Prospective buyers from as far apart as Ireland, Lincolnshire and Devon arrived at Elmbridge, Worcestershire last week for the sale of arable contracting kit on behalf of Westwood Farm Partners.

And where a good range of equipment is on offer, distance is not a problem, suggests Russell Jeanes of FPDSavills.

Tractors and larger cultivation kit still top buyers lists. At Elmbridge a JD 7600 4wd tractor commanded £15,900 with competition for the Matbro TR250 tele-handler also strong at £17,300.

A range of Simba land equipment also achieved good second-hand values. A 4m free-flow drill made £10,500, a similar-sized double press £4800 and discs sold at £3650.

“It goes to show larger cultivation kit holds prices well,” he adds. Irish buyers have re-emerged after what auctioneers describe as “a cooling off” of overseas trade.

Their target market is for slightly older 4wd tractors. At a dispersal at Halvergate, Norfolk, two of five Case tractors, including a 1993 Case 5130, were bought for export along with tidier cultivation kit.