Taking their cue from carmakers, all major farm equipment builders now offer certified pre-owned programs (CPO) to entice investment in like-new large machinery. Although CPO offers have enjoyed limited use by dealers, it is an option you can ask for when negotiating the purchase of late-model machinery. Yet, CPOs are rich with other benefits, such as certifying that a machine has been inspected, repaired, and upgraded to field-ready status. “Certified pre-owned equipment programs give you the option to trade up to late-model used machines with new technology,” says Bill Weber of John Deere. Claas was the first company to introduce the concept of CPO when it introduced its Lexion Field Ready Reconditioned program in 2012. Today, that company offers a two-tier approach to its CPO efforts. Its latest innovation is called First Claas Used. This program calls for high-quality Lexion combines to be cleaned and to undergo a rigorous 250-point inspection that includes the creation of a recommended parts list given to the buyer to implement, explains John Schofield of Claas.
Old-school tractor power continues to appeal to second-hand punters across the UK and Europe. Demand for used machinery has remained strong across the arable and livestock sectors through the autumn of 2016, despite tight farming margins. However, traders are keen to highlight that the gap between good, honest kit and worn-out equipment is widening, with both domestic and export buyers looking to ensure that capital is invested wisely. The strongest demand is for modern, higher horsepower tractors from the pre-electronic management era of the 1990s and early 2000s. Although a number of these units were destined for export, UK traders are now pitching in as new tractor... The tractor market has seen some big successes in recent weeks, not least the £21,000 price tag on a 1997 John Deere 6400 with well under 3,000 miles clocked achieved by Leominster-based Brightwells. Demand for clean examples is also strong in the older 100hp-150hp sector. Even prairie-style units – Ford’s TW Series, as well.