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Versatile tractor harvests a $232,000 bid at Wendt
By William Flood
Ohio correspondent

BELLEVUE, Ohio – On April 16, the Wendt Group held the retirement auction for the Didion Brothers farm. The sale featured 60 lots of well-maintained, inside-stored agricultural equipment, including tractors, cultivators, grain carts, planters, and plows. The auction was offered live and online via BidSpotter, with a preview on April 13.
Four tractors generated many of the auction’s highest bids. Topping the list was a 2014 Versatile 450DT with 1,149 hours, which hit the auction high of $232,000. The bareback tractor featured 36-inch-wide tracks, six hydraulic remotes, power shift, and a Case FM 750 monitor.
Running up another six-figure bid, at $158,000, was a 2012 Versatile 305 with 1,137 hours. It was outfitted with a 3-point hitch, 1000 PTO, four hydraulic remotes, Case FM 750 monitor, 480/80 R 46 rear duals, and 380/85 R34 front duals. Bidding went to $122,000 for a 2010 Versatile 375 4x4, bareback with 1,880 hours. It had four hydraulic remotes, front and rear duals, and a full set of rear weights.
Six pieces of harvesting equipment were offered. Among them, a 2013 John Deere S670 combine came in with the auction’s second-place bid of $182,000. The 4x4 unit had 1,678 engine hours and 1,081 separator hours. It featured a contour feeder house, 24-foot-high-capacity unload auger, PowerCast tailboard, 520/85 R 42 front duals, and 28L-26 rear tires.
Harvesting attachments included a 2014 John Deere 635 FD draper head with steel dividers, which scored $42,000. A 2010 John Deere 608C corn head, with 8 x 30-inch spacing, stubble lights, and hydraulic cone ear savers pulled $33,000.
Sixteen lots of seeding and tillage equipment included a low-use 2016 Case 875 Ecolo-Tiger 7-shank disc chisel plow, that sold for $55,000. It had the original ripper points, 24-inch spacing, disc leveler, rolling basket, and VF 445/65 R 22.5 tires. Another disc chisel plow, a Sunflower 11-shank Model 4212-14, went for $14,500. It had 15-inch spacing, hydraulic disc, adjustable walking tandems, Danish tine, rear leveler, and 11L-15 tires.
Bidding reached $33,500 on a low-acreage 32-foot Kuhn Krause cultipacker, with 9.5L-15SL tires. A 2014 28-foot Kongskilde 8200 Danish tine Remlinger rolling basket, with 2 hydraulic remotes plumbed to the rear hitch, landed $25,000.
There were eight lots of grain-handling machinery. Among them, a Killbros 1820 grain cart, with like-new 900/60-32 tires went for $19,000. Then came two 38-foot Merrit hopper-bottom grain trailers, one a 2014 and the other a 2015. Both had electric roll tarps, electric grain doors, side sight windows, Ag hoppers, spring ride, and aluminum outer rims with steel inners. The 2014 picked up $30,000 and the 2015 came close at $29,000.
Additional pieces of agricultural equipment included an AG Gator 1004 sprayer that bid to $3,250. It featured 80-foot booms, 20-inch nozzle spacing, a 1000-gallon stainless steel tank, Cummins V-8 engine, and 16.9 R 38 tires. A 20-foot Bush Hog 2720 batwing mower, with large 1000 PTO, aircraft tires and stump jumpers, hit $10,250.
There were also assorted attachments like a Landoll VT Plus Model 7431-29, single rolling basket, with 20-inch blades, and rear hitch with hydraulics, that sold for an impressive $43,000. A bid of $17,000 picked up a 20-foot John Deere 1560 drill with 7.5-inch spacing, markers, 2-point hitch, and Unverferth fill auger.
Non-agricultural items included a sole semi-truck that rolled off for $7,000. The 1978 Ford, with 913,184 miles, was outfitted with a 400 Cummins engine, Roadranger 13-speed transmission, and featured a 204-inch wheelbase, wet line, spring ride, air slide 5th wheel, and 11 R 22.5 tires.
Five trailers were also available. Among them, selling for $7,000, was a 1990 East Manufacturing 33-foot aluminum dump trailer. It offered an electric roll tarp, spring ride, grain chute, poly liner, LED lights, aluminum rims, and 11 R 22.5 tires. A 1970 Butler 4600-gallon insulated tanker trailer, with spring ride, and 11 R 22.5 tires rang up $3,700. A Movall lowboy trailer with a winch, 8-foot neck, 24-foot deck, 8-foot ramp with tail, and fold-out extensions, sold for $2,750.
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