Auction Video: Tim & Jodi Wiff’s Farm Retirement Auction

It’s cold and snowy outside, so let’s go back a few months to when it was nice and warm and watch some retirement auction video just for fun!

Our good friend Matt Maring sent these tractors off to new owners on July 24, 2020 at Tim & Jodi Wiff’s retirement auction. Tim & Jodi were gracious hosts, and there was a great crowd at the auction in their hometown of Spring Valley, WI.

First up was a ’92 John Deere 4455 Quad Range with 6400 hours on it. Super clean, duals, and a full front rack of weights. When the hammer fell, it went to a buyer in Oklahoma!

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This 4455 went home with a buyer from Oklahoma! Click the photo to find a 4455 on auction!

Next on the list, a pair of 4430s – one with a cab, one open station. For all-original tractors that are darn near 50 years old, these sure looked nice!

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This pair of 4430s have aged really well! The hammer prices definitely reflected it, too! Click the photo to find 4430s at auction!

This last clip is of a handful of New Generation tractors – most of which Tim had restored himself over the years. They were beautiful! I’m not sure who they ended up going home with, but hopefully they’re jewels in a collection somewhere! (And if I ever owned a 4020, it would be a Wheatland like that first one!)

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One of my favorite tractors at the sale – this was an all-original 4020 Wheatland with less than 4000 hours on her! Click the photo to search 4020s at auction!

One of our goals over the next year is to catch more retirement auction video and talk with sellers, auctioneers, and buyers! So…if you see a big bearded guy with a camera in his hand, come up and say hi! Let’s talk tractors and auction prices!

Searching for John Deere equipment at auction? Start here.

John Deere’s Game-Changing 4430

John Deere 4430
Matt Maring Auction Co, Inc. will auction this John Deere 4430 off on July 24, 2020. Click the photo to see the listing on Tractor Zoom!

Click here to see the auction listing for this beautiful 4430!

It seems to me that cabs from the fifties and sixties were an afterthought. They’re pretty crude, cramped, and usually drafty. Yes, it kept you out of the elements, so they were better than nothing, but still…not all that great. Surely you can hear a conversation about tractor cabs in the engineering office, right? It probably went like this. “Y’know, we should build that tractor with a cab! Hey Harv, do we have anything in back that we can throw on this thing so it’s got a cab?”

Deere changed the game when they launched the 30-series in late 1972. Their engineers designed the tractor around the SoundGard cab using seals and bushings to isolate vibrations and engine noise. This really was a big deal! Nobody had ever built a tractor like that before! Was it a gamble? Maybe…but as bigger farms emerged, so did the need for more modern equipment. Farmers were spending more hours in the field than ever. They wanted to be more comfortable.

The gamble paid off, too. John Deere’s game changing 4430 established them as not only a front runner in the horsepower game, but also as a pioneer in the “modern” era of farm tractor. They built them with a cab in mind from the start, and that decision has changed the agricultural landscape. Talk to any farmer who’s run an open station and then bought a SoundGard. Spoiler alert: They won’t give the SoundGard back.

Here’s how well that gamble paid off, in sales terms.

Deere sold a 4430 every 36 minutes of every day for 5 years!

Let that marinate for a few seconds.

This one lives at a farm in Wisconsin for the next few weeks until Matt Maring and his team send it home with the highest bidder on July 24. It’s a one-owner ’77 model quad range with 7700 hours, and it’s loaded! Duals, a front-mount fuel tank, rear wheel weights, and a super-clean interior! All things considered, I think it’s an $18-20K tractor all day long. What do you think?

2020 NFMS 4430
Don Cummings, a farmer from Seymour, IN, owns this beautiful 4430 (that’s NOT up for auction on July 24). It was a HUGE hit at John Deere’s booth at the 2020 National Farm Machinery Show!

Matt Maring Auction Co, Inc.