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Deere 4440 cab tractor racked up $18,000 at farm retirement auction
By William Flood, 
Ohio correspondent

DECATUR, Mich. — Hahn Realty and Auction conducted the Zimmerle retirement farm equipment auction. The online sale took place on Proxibid on Thursday, March 7, with a face-to-face preview held the previous afternoon.  In full, 52 lots were offered, including nine tractors, two dozers, a combine, an excavator, multiple trucks, and numerous pieces of farm equipment.
The auction’s highest bid of $18,000 went for a very nice John Deere 4440 diesel cab tractor, with powershift transmission, dual hydraulics, and Firestone 13.4x30 rear duals. The tachometer was noted as inaccurate, but the tractor was believed to have approximately 4,000 hours.
Two other Deere tractors were also available. A bid of $10,750 picked up a completely restored John Deere R wide-front diesel tractor. It had a rebuilt engine with just 300 hours and new rubber throughout. Bidding went to $9,000 for a John Deere 4020 wide-front diesel. It featured a year-round QT-1 cab, 2,000 hours on an overhauled engine, powershift transmission, single hydraulics, and 18.4x34 tires.
The auction’s second-highest bid of $15,750 went, not for a tractor, but for a 2021 Can-Am Defender Max XT off-road utility vehicle with just 2,631 miles. The good-running side-by-side featured a tip-out windshield and solid plastic doors.
Back with the remaining tractors, the others included a Massey Ferguson 1800 4wd diesel with 4,200 miles that landed $5,000. It was outfitted with a Caterpillar 3160 engine and 23.1x34 double dual tires. Later came a vintage 1965 Case 830 diesel with 4,500 hours, snagged for $2,500. It had a Comfort King cab, Case-O-Matic transmission, good older paint, and 15.5 x 38 rubber. Coming close, at $2,250, was an Oliver Cleartrac OC-6 track tractor with an Oliver 77 six-cylinder engine and PTO.
In addition to tractors, more than 30 other pieces of agricultural machinery were offered. Among them was a good-condition John Deere 7200 MaxEmerge 2 six-row liquid planter with Demco tanks, pump, and monitor. It scored $8,000. A Gilmore-Tatge Model 570 dual-wheel dryer, with LP gas, sold for $4,500. And, an Allis Gleaner N-6 natural flow combine, with 4,000 hours, bid to $3,500. The clean unit, always stored inside, featured rear wheel assist and 30.5Lx32 front tires.
The auction’s mix included several pieces of construction machinery. Taking the category’s high at $8,000, was an International Model 3960 excavator. It was outfitted with a six-cylinder Deutz diesel engine, 36-inch tracks, 60-inch ditch bucket, 36-inch digger bucket, and a 28-foot stick. Later, a 1957 caterpillar D-5 with 4,645 hours and a 9-foot, four-way blade reached $4,000. And, a 1947 International T-9 gas dozer, with an overhauled engine used very few hours and a straight 7-foot blade, sold for $2,800.
Also available were five trucks. Among them was a clean 1986 Ford F-700 grain truck with 41,000 miles. It came with automatic transmission, 16-foot bed with 40-inch sides, hoist, and good rubber. It drove off for $3,500. A modest $1,600 won a 1980 International tandem-axle grain truck with 260,000 miles and a bad engine. The serviceable truck offered a 20 foot bed with approximately 500-bushel capacity, hoist, and excellent rubber.  Selling close at $1,500 was a 1967 International LoadStar 1600 single-axle, dual-wheeled grain truck with 120,000 miles. It offered a 16-foot bed with 40-inch sides and also had a hoist.
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