Cambridge Machinery Sales Report

Director Bill Pepper reviews the last machinery sale of the year

Whilst November was the highest grossing sale of the year as the Pound and Euro almost reached parity, this month’s sale saw the strongest trade we have had in December for more than two years. 


300 tractors were consigned to the sale, down on previous months but no doubt a reflection on the time of year. Once again the “drive-through” auction did well as buyers, cosied up in the marque, enjoying the warmth from the space heater, munched on freshly prepared roast pork rolls and bid on the selection of tractors as they rolled past.

We kicked off with the Massey/Ford row and it was a positive start: a mixture of UK, Irish and Lithuanian buyers snapped up the first few Masseys; nearly £6000 bought a 3690 and 3065; £6500 was enough to secure the 3655 and a resprayed 390 made close to £8000. Older Fords found favour this month with £4000 being paid for a straight, cabless 6600; a 2wd 7610 with loader did well to make £7000; £4000 bought a very tidy, imported Ford 3000 showing a mere 3700 hours and a 7840 was snapped up for £7000.

The mixed row of tractors attracted plenty of bidding: a trio of Zetors all from the same farm sold well; the pair of low houred (1300 and 2500h) made £15,000 and £14,000 respectively and their brother, a 2012 Proxima 100 Plus with 950 hours achieved £18,000; a 2009 Claas Axion 850 hit £25,000; a useful 2011 Case 110 Maxxum with loader commanded £24,000; £23,000 was paid for a 2011 McCormick XTX 185 and a sharp little 2015 Valtra A73C with just 470 hours made a deserving £16,000.

John Deere trade was perhaps a smidgen back from the highs of the November sale (due to the increase in the strength of sterling) but nonetheless, plenty of the examples entered sold; £46,000 was achieved for a 2011 7930, now destined for the U.S.A;  £30,500 was enough to secure a 2011 6930 with 5000 hours; a Swedish imported 6910 is bound for Spain for £14,000; a selection of  2003/4 6620s all made circa £17,000; £24,000 was made of a 2010 6230 with loader and £10,500 bought a very sharp but quite rare 2wd 6100. Bargain of the day was a 2006 7920 which was sold in-situ for £18,500.

Other notable sales would feature; £26,000 for a ‘58 plate JCB 3230; a 2009 Valtra T202 is off to Ireland for £27,000; a 2007 T7050 sold well for £21,000; a much sought after 2012 Kubota M6040 stormed to £16,500 and an unreserved 2004 Massey Ferguson 5455 did well to make £14,000.

Tractor Sale 2

This sale is always a volatile section of the auction and unfortunately, it was more down than up this month as many of the overseas buyers stayed at home. Hopefully the trade in this section of the sale will improve next year as it has, quite often, been the most thrilling part of the auction providing excitement for both buyers and sellers.


 The amazing trade we experienced in November was always going to be hard to follow. Nevertheless, with the help of many of you, we gave it a good shot with some encouraging results. Even with the Sri Lankan trade apparently ‘retired’ until after Christmas, a good entry of late JCB 3CX’s still mostly got away to buyers from the UAE, South Lebanon, Eire and the Ukraine. The demand wasn’t quite as strong as last month but we still saw 2008 models reaching just under £25K and 2006 just over £22K which are strong prices compared with other results achieved.  

Just under 60 per cent of a good telescopic entry are off to new owners from the Ukraine, Poland, Eire, Spain, Belgium and the UK. JCB again holds the top spot in both supply and demand with almost 70 per cent of the 20 machines offered attracting home and export buyers. The top price was £27K for a nice 2014 531-70, proving that mid -2000’s machines attract the most interest and command high values.

Midi and mini excavators caused the most excitement in the tracked machine section although a 2006 JCB JS 160 did reasonably well at £16K. Some of the highlights included a good looking 2007 Hitachi ZX70 which went well over £19K; a 2006 Cat 307C pleased its vendor at just under £16k; a couple of JCB 8060’s raised £10K for a 2005 and £11K for its 2 year younger sister; a 2007 Kubota KX71 did better than expected at £9500 and a couple of 2013 JCB 801.4’s are off to France for £7200 each. The majority of those sold will either be staying in the UK or heading across to the Emerald isle.

Dumpers were a little short in supply but saw some export bidding. Skid steers didn’t create their usual interest mainly due to a lack of the normal Scandinavian appearance on the internet.


Just over 50 per cent of the vehicles sold. The best demand was for 4x4 pick-ups and anything with a Land Rover badge.


The highlight of the smaller, hydraulic lift machinery section was fertiliser spinners of which over 70 per cent sold mainly to Eire and the UK. The season for these has started and will no doubt continue into the first few months of next year. Top prices in this section were £2400 for a 2011 Amazone ZAM Profis and £2200 for a Reco/Sulky X44. A selective trade for hedgecutters meant around 50 per cent were sold. Although demand for sprayers was even more selective, some did get away over their reserve. A good selection of loaders, buckets and tines attracted some enthusiastic bidding helping the majority to sell, including a Chiltern MX loader to fit a Case at £2450 and a Quicke Q690 at £2100. In the heavier and trailed machinery section some of the encouraging prices achieved include £12K for a KV PB100 8 furrow plough, £8900 for a Lemkin 7 furrow semi mounted, well over £6K for a Knight 18m 2500l sprayer and just under £4K for a 1998 Hardi Commander 24M 2800l sprayer. Two Bailey 10t 25ft trailers made £2700 each and a KV TA 3128ST mower certainly got more than one bidder excited as it sold well over its reserve at £4600. Trade in the baler and mower section was again selective leaving many to be offered again in the New Year as the new spring season approaches.  

Horticultural and Spares

With few mowers available this time of year, attention moves to the RTV and Compact tractors. Some very clean examples were offered this month and a very shiny John Deere HPX Gator sold well at £4400, a smaller John Deere version 850D at £2250 and a Farr 4wd UTV over its’ reserve at £1500.  In the smaller compact tractor range a Kubota B1400 sold at £2000 and 2 Iseki models, one a TX1510 at £2250 and the other, a smaller model, at £1900 respectively.  

Once again spares flew away with this being a very popular sale, from weights to radiators and tin work, if it’s good quality it can fetch good prices. Wheels and Tyres are also popular with up to a £1000 for a good pair of Terra wheels and tyres and around the £500 figure for a good pair of 16.9 agricultural wheels.  

Although some of our overseas clients were missing from the engine sale this month, good quality engines were snapped up by other keen customers. Perkins, as popular as ever, sold well with 6 and 4 cylinder versions fetching around £600 for complete and clean examples.

Compressors were also popular this month with tidy Compair models achieving the best prices.  A Holman H750 example sold at £2800 and a smaller C38 at £1000.  These are a fraction of the cost of new ones and are always required for our overseas clients.  

The next sale will be on Monday 9th of January and Cheffins would like to encourage as many new entries as possible, please click here to make an entry for our January sale. Alternatively please contact the team on 01353 777767.

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