Case tractor purchase makes journey worth it

Case IH 9270 makes $76,000 at Beverley clearing sale.

Todd Banks (left) and his parents Leonie and Richard, all of Kojonup, with their new tractor, the big Case IH 9270 four-wheel-drive with a low 4094 hours showing, which they bought as top item, outbidding several other parties to claim it for $76,000.

A NEAR 30-year-old 250 kilowatt 4x4 tractor was the top item, selling to a family who specifically came from Kojonup to the Elders clearing sale near Beverley recently to buy it.

One of two Elders auctioneers on the day, Steele Hathway, opened the bidding at $50,000 for the early 1990s Case IH 9270 articulated tractor on duals all round with just over 4000 hours showing and a general condition indicating it had not done a lot of hard work.

From there, the bidding escalated in $2000 increments until the tall man in a green shirt in the middle of the crowd eventually secured it with a bid of $76,000 over a competitor on the phone.

The tractor was purchased by Richard and Leonie Banks and their son Todd, Yolander Holdings, Kojonup and was the only one of 254 lots offered on behalf of BM Minchin & Sons, Dunbeath, East Beverley, that the Banks family bid on.

"We've got a smaller one at home, a Versatile 846, but it's only 230 horsepower (171kW) and we've got a bigger (seeder) bar this year to pull up the hills around Kojonup, so we're upgrading," explained Todd Banks.

"It was a little bit more than I wanted to pay - I priced them in the market, there's a few in Katanning and another one up at Moora I was looking at and they had $65,000-$70,000 on it," Richard Banks said.

Checking out the Clark forklift are Stu Saunders (left) and Richard Miller, both of Holleton in the Eastern Wheatbelt. The forklift later sold for $6000 to a buyer from Kellerberrin.

"But it was further away, so the extra money we paid for this one, we would have had to pay out to get the other one home anyway.

"It's really only got one job a year to do - we only put in about 300 hectares (of crop) and it might seem a bit like overkill, but we are in granite country and you need it (extra power) on the hills.

"Even though they're 30 years old they (big 4x4 tractors) are in demand.

"I've done my research, there was one (Case IH) at Ravensthorpe, one near Pingelly and the one at Farmers Centre Katanning, which I rang up quite quickly about, but it was sold before it even hit the yard.

"That's why we thought we'd come up early (to the clearing sale) to have a good look at this one."

Smaller tractors were also in demand, with bidding on a licensed 1993 John Deere front-wheel-assist 4560 starting at $22,000 and quickly progressing to a successful bid of $27,500 by RM Smith & Sons, Northam, to claim it.

Jason Bekkers (left), York, with son and father Jaron and Derrol Crane, Craneford Station, York, with the 2002 Isuzu CXZ prime mover and 1980 Howard Porter tri-axle grain trailer the Cranes bought for $53,000 as second top item of the sale. The Cranes have bought the Dunbeath property to add to their existing cropping enterprise.

A starting bid of $5000 also quickly doubled to $10,000 for a 1985 log-nose Chamberlain 4090 tractor with duals on the rear, bought by local Beverley farmers GM & SJ Miller, while a Case Agri King 1270 Plus tractor sold for $2400 to phone bidder from Dardanup.

Second top item of the sale was a 2002 Isuzu CXZ tandem-drive prime mover with 267,247 kilometres on the odometer and 1980 Howard Porter tri-axle tipping trailer combination rated to carry 42.5 tonnes, which sold to father and son, Derrol and Jaron Crane, Craneford Station, York, for $53,000.

The Cranes, who have bought the Dunbeath property off the Minchin family, also bought a 34-tonne DE Engineering field bin for $6500, a 15-reel hay rake for $3300 and a 24-disc Chamberlain plough for $1400.

Derrol Crane said the family had already taken over the 1092 hectare property and would use it as an "overflow extension" of their existing all-cropping operation closer to York.

There was solid competition for a second truck, a Cummins V8-powered 1993 tandem-drive ACCO 1950C with only 141,051klms showing and with a stock crate on the back.

Vendors, brothers Don (left) and Steve Minchin, who are retiring after farming Dunbeath together since 1973, with property purchasers Derrol Crane and his son Jaron, from York, who bought a grain truck, hay rake, harrows and field bin at the clearing sale.

Bidding started at $8000, with a keen bidder in the crowd and Elders Northam livestock agent Lynton Saunders on the phone calling bids for a client.

It rapidly progressed to $32,000, with the winning bid called by Mr Saunders for Wayne Duffield, Darkan, while the losing bidder was obviously very disappointed.

Three different buyers bought a farm-licensed 1967 Dodge 12t petrol V8 tray truck for $6000, a similar 1977 V8 Dodge tipper tray truck for $1800 and an early 1960s International AA160 tray truck with repairable rust in the rear cab corners for $620.

A Case IH 2366 axial-flow combine harvester, complete with a 9.1 metre (30 foot) header front and trailer, sold for $28,000 to PC Paterson & Co, Williams, after bidding opened at $20,000.

A 20t tandem axle Wongan Steel chaser bin on balloon tyres sold to DJ RM & JJ McEllister, Narrogin, for $25,000 after spirited bidding and Ranchview Pty Ltd, Quairading, picked up the Marshall Multispread 880T for $14,000.

A complete 13.1 metre (43ft) Flexi-Coil 820 seeder bar with press wheels and Gason 1880RT3 three-bin seed cart sold for $8000 to RK Lupton, Westdale.

Ian Strange (left) and John Moulton, both from The Dale, with Lyn Messenger, Brookton.

Brothers Don and Steve Minchin have farmed the Dunbeath property between Beverley and Mawson together since 1973 and their great grandfather had started farming there in 1906.

However the Minchin brothers are looking forward to retirement, with Don heading for Mandurah and Steve planning to split his time between Beverley and the coast.

They said they were happy with the prices and that 236 lots had sold, raising a gross total of $429,965 from the clearing sale.

"It all looked pretty good to me and prices have been very good," Don Minchin said.

Father and son, Phillip and Graeme Mattingly, Brookton, have checked out several clearing sales this month.
Roland Dixon (left), Beverley, with Liz and Murray Pederick, Wagin, who checked out the Case Agri King 1270 tractor that later sold for $2400.
Mark Leske (seated), Esperance and Graeme Horley, Duranillin, where among a number of people who checked out the early 1990s, 250kW Case IH 9270 four-wheel-drive tractor which was the top item, selling for $76,000.
Local visitors Jan Cockburn-Campbell (left), Dangin, with Ron Macey and Penny and Joe Muller, from York.
Grant Jeffieries, Bokal, has two unrestored 'Jail Bar' Ford trucks at home so had a good look at the side-valve Ford V8 truck engine and gearbox for sale.

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