Combine, 4WD sales continue to lag last year’s pace


The sales of combines and 4-wheel-drive tractors remain stalled behind last year’s pace, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.

In the latest Flash Report, combine sales were nearly 29 percent below August of last year, and year-to-date sales are off 17 percent.

Four-wheel drive tractor sales are also down, with sales off 37 percent for August (compared to one year ago) and for the year down more than 14 percent.

Total two-wheel-drive tractor sales did show a bit of life, up a bit above 3 percent, both for the year-to-date and August, but most of those numbers came from the under 40-hp and 40- to 100-hp segment. Tractors in the 100+-hp segment were down 11 percent for August, and remain lagging last year’s pace, down nearly 9 percent for the year.

With harvest activity set to move into full swing, and lagging crop prices, it’s likely these numbers reflect a bit of reservation in the farm community to invest in some new equipment. That sentiment could mean some additional hours in the maintenance shed as a few more seasons are squeezed out.

Are you going to be holding on to your equipment a bit longer?

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