Decent second-hand 200hp workhorses are in short supply, but if you look in the right places deals are there to be had. With a budget of £20,000 Nick Fone goes on the hunt for a bargain prime-mover
If you’d dropped into Cheffins’ Cambridge saleyards five or six years ago you would have seen lines and lines of tractors around the 200hp mark waiting for buyers.
Back then you didn’t have to look far to find a bargain Case Magnum, Ford 70-series or similar cultivations workhorse.
But that all changed when EU expansion really got going after 2004.
“When countries like Poland entered the EU demand for high-horsepower tractors suddenly rocketed,” says Cheffins’ Bill Pepper.
“The trade for machines heading eastwards went wild and that was exacerbated by the weakening pound.”
The net result was that many of the bigger second-hand tractors that would have remained in the UK rapidly disappeared. Consequently, sniffing out a bargain has become increasingly difficult and you’ll rarely see a 10-year-old, 200hp prime-mover sitting in a dealer’s yard.
But if you’re prepared to take a punt at auction then there is cheap horsepower on offer.
We picked out four very different tractors from Cheffins’ saleyard, all about the 200hp mark, all selling for less than £20,000.
Click on the links below to see which ones we picked: