/ Does Anyone Buy Used Tractors? #111
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- Aug 28, 2012
- Case-IH MX-270, Massey Ferguson 7495, Challenger MT535B, Kubota F3680 & ZD331 Ram 5500 Cummins 4x4, IH 7500 4x4 dump truck, Kaufman 35’ tandem 19 ton trailer
Back in 2017, when I decided I was going to get rid of my two Toselli crawlers and the Kubota B7000, I was dead set on buying used. There wasn't really a need to spend a whole bunch of money on a new tractor to put maybe 100 to 150 hours a year.
I spent a bunch of time looking for used tractors. Ended up on a New Holland dealer looking at a 2005 New Holland TCE45 (not to be confused with the TC series). A very nice European specked tractor, built by Landini. Front and rear diff locks, 45HP, R1 Radial tires, 2 sets of remotes, etc. It had 3000 hours and the dealer was asking €13.000 for it. Now the cons, the tires had maybe 10% tread left and being Radials, that meant another €1500 to €2000 to replace those tires, plus some cosmetic stuff here and there that would be easily fixed.
Anyway, had the dealer cared more about the costumer instead of his phone (spent 30 min waiting for him to finally finish with his call), I would've probably went for it regardless.
Ended up driving towards home, literally 2 miles away from the NH dealer, is the Case/Branson dealer (former big NH dealer as well). Long story short, ended up with a brand new Branson F36Rn with 2 year warranty for only €500 more than the NH one, plus the Branson dealer actually spent some time to come at my house (only 12 mile drive) and look at my tractors. Ended up taking two with him.
Needless to say, the used market only got crazier ever since.
I remember when Kubota dealers used to treat customers great. Gotten real cocky in last 10 years.