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How do I Find Used Tractor Prices?

By Ron Marr
Updated May 16, 2024
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The face of farming and agriculture has changed drastically over the past 100 years. At the beginning of the 20th century, over 70% of the population of the United States lived and worked on farms, but by 2008, the figure had dropped to less that 3%. Still, there remain thousands of farms and hundreds of thousands of farm workers in America. Farmers in search of equipment often seek out used tractors, and as a result, there are multiple sources where one can locate accurate estimates of used tractor prices. The most popular and respected of these sources is the Official Tractor Blue Book, published annually by Price Digests.

The Official Tractor Blue Book contains an immense range of information covering not only the suggested used tractor prices, but also the approximate cost of the tractors when they were new. It is much like the better known Kelley Blue Book or NADA Guides that contain information and pricing pertaining to used cars and trucks. The book includes loan values, statistics, options, features, and serial numbers of the various implements. It also lists virtually every tractor manufactured between the late 1930s and the present time. The book is available at most online booksellers.

There are many other methods of locating, contrasting, and comparing prices, however. Used tractors are available through online auction sites, and a number of websites are devoted solely to the buying selling of used tractors.

Other methods of determining used tractor prices and acquiring the best deal can be gained by a more personal sort of research. The top ten agricultural producing states are California, Texas, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Kansas, Illinois, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Indiana. Many of the major newspapers found in these states include online classified sections. It makes sense that the states with the most tractors will have the most used tractors for sale. Following the laws of supply and demand, the more similar items for sale, the lower the prices.

Sometimes, attending farm auctions will allow people to get a sense of price trends. Individuals should always be wary of auctions, however, because while a good equipment price might be available, buyers will be bidding against dealers with vast knowledge and experience. For most people, the best route to uncovering accurate used tractor prices is to engage in extensive research before making a purchase.

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Discussion Comments
By angelBraids — On Apr 23, 2011

@Denha - Your former professor sounds like a smart guy! If he ever wanted to make some cash he could start a business selling used tractor parts from those classic models. Perhaps tractor salvage and restoration is a good hobby to get into, if you have the skills to fix things up yourself.

By Windchime — On Apr 21, 2011

I remember spending summers on my grandparent's farm and being really fascinated by the tractors! They looked like monster machines to me, and of course we weren't usually allowed to go anywhere near them.

The best memory is going with my gran to a farm sale where she planned to buy a tractor. She really knew what to look for to figure out if it was in good condition and drove a hard bargain!

By Denha — On Apr 18, 2011

One of the professors at my college had a barn full of classic cars and tractors. If good condition classic used John Deere tractors are worth anywhere near as much as new machines, he must have had close to a million dollars invested in those.

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