Machinery Update

Back in 2020 when Covid first reared its ugly head, bringing machinery production to a standstill, we all thought that by 2022 things would be back to normal and supply would have caught back up with demand.

But here we are over 2 years on and still major issues with production, particularly certain component parts, which is causing 6- and 9-month waiting lists for many tractors and machines.

It only takes a shortage of one small component part to cause a huge knock-on effect as we have been seeing for this last year or so.  One of only 2 factories across the globe that manufacture wiring looms for combines and tractors was in eastern Ukraine but sadly is now in ruins.  Hence a new JCB will be next spring before it arrives and a new Claas combine may not be until after next year’s harvest.  The decision taken by Claas UK to take all their second-hand combines off the market last year has proved to be a very clever move and gives their customers a back up service.  How long now until we are back to normal?

As a result, the second-hand market, especially for the good low usage machinery, remains very strong.  The June York machinery sale saw another huge entry of over 4,000 lots and good demand for the seasonal equipment, particularly mowers, toppers, tedders, balers, and trailers.  Among the highlights was an MF 6616 Dyna 6 tractor with Bomford Kestrel hedger at £35,000, McHale V660 baler at £12,000, Easterby 14T grain trailer at £11,000 and a Welger AP 630 baler at £9,800.

Following this was the special farm sale on behalf of G M Stephenson Ltd at Flixton following his closure of the hire section of his business and movement up to Danebury Manor Farm.  The sale included an exceptional line-up of very modern, well-maintained tractors, trailers and equipment which attracted strong interest from across the UK as well as bidders from southern Ireland and eastern Europe.  The sale was run as a hybrid auction with online bidding available from the Wednesday and then concluding by a live auction on site on the Saturday.   There was roughly the same number bidding and purchasing online as there were attending and being live in the field.  The 2022 Case Maxxum 115 tractor with only 6 hours on the clock made £55,500 and the 2020 Case Puma 165 tractor with 750 hours on the clock made £66,500.  The Mercedes Sprinter (65) made £15,200, 2019 Ktwo spreader £25,800, 2021 Kane 33ft trailer £19,600, 2020 Bailey 32ft bale trailer £17,600.

Sadly, the export trade into Europe is not as buoyant due mainly to the tightening of the phytosanitary inspections and border checks, costs of cleaning and huge increase in the cost of transport.


Richard Tasker

Tel: 01904 489731




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