Comparison shopping for late model tractors

We review a sample of late-model 300 to 400 hp tractors for performance and pricing

This year a lot of buyers have chosen to take advantage of the current good selection of cheaper, used, pre-emissions tractors rather than buying new machines. With so much activity in the used equipment market, Grainews decided to take a look at a few of the choices out there for late-model machines. So, we went back in time almost a decade and compared a sampling of different brands’ offerings to see how they stack up against one-another, and we surveyed what prices buyers can expect to find written on the window stickers these days.

We selected a mid-to-late 2000s model year tractor from each major brand in the 300 to 400 horsepower range for a comparison. In order to provide reliable performance data, we chose only models that have been to the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab. That limited our choices slightly. To get an impartial review, we used the Lab’s reports to rate horsepower, drawbar pull, fuel consumption and hydraulic capacity rather than manufacturers’ advertised specs.

When it came to finding the average price tag, that job was a little harder. There were only a few examples of some models on the market at the time we did the survey. That made it necessary to include all of Canada and the U.S. in our search for asking prices in order to find multiple examples. We tallied the prices we found for the chart below in Canadian dollars.

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Machinery Editor

Scott Garvey is the machinery editor for Grainews.

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