By William Flood
LEXINGTON, Ind. – On July 11, Beckort Auctions held an online-only farm and cattle equipment auction featuring tractors, loaders, hay balers, mowers, cattle corrals and shop tools. In all, 85 lots were offered on Beckort’s bidding platform, with live inspections available five days prior.
Getting the auction’s highest bid was a Mahindra 4550 4x4 tractor with only 790 hours. The lot included a Mahindra 4550-4L loader and Mahindra 4550B backhoe attachment. The tractor featured a 48HP diesel engine, gear drive, 16.9-24 rear tires, 12-16.5 front tires, a 540 PTO, and a quick hitch. It received nearly 100 bids, with the gavel finally going down at $17,500.
A 2020 John Deere 450E round hay baler scored the auction’s number two position at $13,500 on 86 bids. The unit was originally acquired in 2020 and used only in the 2022 season (unknown number of bales). It featured a 4-foot-by-5-foot twine baling, 540 PTO, and a John Deere bale monitor.
Things dropped into the four-figure range for 14 more lots. Among the pieces of equipment selling in that ballpark was a Kuhn Model SR110 GII 10-wheel 21-foot, 2-inch Speed Rake that went for $4,100. The one-owner rig was purchased new in June 2020 and used only in the 2022 season. The jack was not included and a kicker wheel was missing teeth.
A Ditch Witch Model V30 4x4 trencher with 1,189 hours landed $3,900. The running-condition unit had been used as recently as early June. It was powered by a Wisconsin 4-cylinder gas engine, had several hydraulic hoses recently replaced, but needed a replacement battery.
Two lots later, a Hillsboro gooseneck livestock trailer went for $1,250 despite lacking a title and VIN. The 16-foot-by-7-foot-by-6.5 foot dual-axle trailer had a center-cut gate with a slider and a rear slide door.
Bidding for mowers started out promising at $5,200 for a 2020 Kuhn Model GMD 240 3-point disc mower. The one-owner unit was acquired in 2020 and was only used during the 2023 season. It featured a 7-foot, 10-inch cut width, 540 PTO, and a fitted tarp.
The four other available mowers dipped into three-figure water. A 96-inch Bush Hog Model 268 3-point rotary mower, missing the PTO shaft reached $700; A 72-inch Mahindra 180P 3-point finish mower with 540 PTO sold for $650; a good-condition 60-inch Countyline 3-point rotary mower with 540 PTO got $625, while a 28-inch Simplicity walk-behind brush mower with a loose 13.5hp electric start engine went for $410.
Several lots containing corrals, chutes, gates and feeders received solid three and four-figure bids. The hammer went down at $1,600 for a Gold Bar livestock chute and alleyway system. It included a chute with an a+++uto head gate (needing wood floor replaced), 18 gates varying in length from 8 to 12 feet, a palp attachment, a 4-foot walkthrough, and an alleyway stop. The next lot, selling for $1,800, contained 23 12-foot corral panels and a 6-foot walkthrough gate. Not long after, a lot with 13 12-foot livestock corral panels went for $825.
Bidders continued to scoop up some interesting items even when bidding fell into the lower hundreds. A lot with three round hay bale feeders bid to $370. An untested Vitacci Hawk child’s gas-powered ATV was picked up for $260, and a 52-inch Yanmar Model RS1300 3-point rotary tiller with 540 PTO grabbed $200.
Some interesting items went out the door for less than a $100 bill. Among them was a lot with two metal-framed resin 275-gallon liquid storage containers that sold for $80. A dump-style lawn trailer with poor tires got $75, and an ARC-180 AC/DC arc welder was snagged for just $46.
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