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!
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!
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!)
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!
It’s getting hard to find a low-houred John Deere 4455 like this one these days; every now and then, however, one sneaks out of the barn and heads to auction. Like this one! This beautiful tractor only has 2743 original hours on it, and it sells at an auction hosted by Wears Auctioneering in Iowa City, IA. Sells with duals, full rack of front weights, new interior, and sales and service records.
The 4455 MFWD was a hot seller, because among other improvements, this tractor could turn sharper than the competition. Deere built a push-button system for the 50-series called Caster Action that tightened the turning radius. However, on the 55-series, it engaged automatically. By tilting the kingpin on the front axle a few degrees, the front wheels could lean over while turning; therefore tightening your turning radius. In fact, the stat nerds at Deere figured that if you dragged a 6-row 30″ cultivator through a square 100-acre field, you’d turn around 139 times! With Caster Action, the John Deere 4455 could cut about 18 feet off of each loop! When you do the math, that saves about a half mile per field! It doesn’t sound like much, but if you did the math all the way through the year, it’d add up to some decent fuel savings!
(That said…many owners turned their 4455s up a little, so the fuel savings went straight out the stack. Still, it was nice idea, right?)
This particular tractor is a 3-owner with 2743 hours (verified – service records and sale history comes with the tractor). The tractor has never left the state of Iowa all of its life, and each owner has maintained it very well. A Deere technician replaced the dash at 2727.9 hours in 2014; he engraved the original hours on the underside of the new dash to document the change. Since then, the owner has only it used a few hours per year mowing set-aside land. The new meter currently reads 14.9 hours.
Bidding on this one is pretty hot right now; I’ll be surprised if this tractor doesn’t hit close to $50K when the bidding is finished!
Final hammer price: $54,150.
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