Used No Till Drill Pricing?

deer patch

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There is a local sealed bid auction for a couple of Sunflower 10’ no till drills. Both have set outside all there life. One has 7000 acres planted and is 15-20 years old. Paint is faded pretty bad but no rust. It needs new press wheels and some of the drive gears will need replaced in the future and a new tire. There is a little surface rust in the legume box but not that bad that it couldn’t be painted. The other one is 5-10 years old, paint looks brand new and the meter on it is broken but doesn’t have any wear on the gears and it needs a new tire also. A new one is $50,000 just for reference but when these were bought new they were around $35,000 back then. So my question is, what is a fair price to bid?
 

Mennoniteman

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I'm going to go out on a limb and say without seeing any pics, $12,500 for the good one and $3500 for the old one. I paid 20k several years ago for a 10' Great Plains no-till with all the options shed kept in new condition with 400 acres on the meter, and I've been watching these things on auction, the prices are going up, but if a 10 footer needs any work it'll be well under 20k.
 

deer patch

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deer patch

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I looked at tractorhouse before I asked on here and the prices are all over. Hopefully pictures will Help you out MM.
 

Mennoniteman

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I looked at tractorhouse before I asked on here and the prices are all over. Hopefully pictures will Help you out MM.
The pics look better than I expected, they must have been shed kept at least part of the time. I'm sticking with my original numbers for the low side and $5000 higher for the high side on each. The brochure for these drills sounds like they are designed to seed small grain, but they'd probably work for beans as well.
 

deer patch

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The pics look better than I expected, they must have been shed kept at least part of the time. I'm sticking with my original numbers for the low side and $5000 higher for the high side on each. The brochure for these drills sounds like they are designed to seed small grain, but they'd probably work for beans as well.

Thanks for price estimates. Kinda in the ballpark of what I was thinking.The seed chart listed soybeans, grains and has the small box for clovers/alfalfa. I have to bid by the end of the week, so we shall see what happens.
 

deer patch

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Update…I turned my bids in last week, as yesterday was the last to turn them in. This morning they had opened the bids up and I got a call around 10:00 and he said I won both bids and wanted to know if I wanted both drills. I politely told him I only wanted the newest one. Come to find out it was bought new in 2018. I picked it up this afternoon and pulled it to the farm until I get ready to plant in a week or two.

Me owning a drill isn’t going to be a game changer because I rented a drill locally but the thing that really changed is that I don’t have to worry about a drill being available when I want to plant. I may start planting spring plots again but usually let the clover feed the deer until fall. I’ve drilled beans and cowpeas before but without e-fencing them they don’t have a chance to mature. They just stay about 3”-4” but keep growing so all is not lost. I just can’t take enough does off my property because they just keep moving in from the neighbors.
 
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