Equipment Notebook-Grain Carts

By L. Sorensen  
If the purchase of a new or used grain cart is in your plans before harvest 2010, these sales figures will give you an idea of what your old cart should sell for (if you’re upgrading) or what you might expect to pay for a used one. They could also help you spot an auction sale bargain.
Kinze’s 1050 grain auger cart has a 1,050 bushel capacity and powerful auger system for unloading. The cart, featuring a 20” vertical auger encased in a 22” tube, empties in about 2.1 minutes, emptying at a rate of 500-600 bushels per minute.
A 2003 1050 model sold for $42,000 at a Grand Meadow, MN, auction in January 2009. The cart comes with several options. This particular one was complete with a roll tarp.
A 1,040-bushel Kinze 1040 on tracks sold for $37,000 in Fargo, ND, at a March 2009 sale. A Kinze 600 sold in Indiana, in October 2009, for $9,500.
A Kinze 1000 went for $9,350 in Indiana in October 2009. Seven Kinze 840’s were reportedly sold in 2009. The carts hold 800 bushel and auction prices ranged from $36,000 for a 2000 model sold in Illinois to $10,000 for one sold in Texas. An 800 model sold for $10,000 at an August 2009 auction in Texas.
Two Kinze 640s were reportedly sold in September 2009. One in Minnesota brought $19,000 and one in Indiana sold for $12,500. Both were listed in good condition; although no other details were available.
A Kinze 600 sold for $9,500 at an Indiana auction in October 2009.
Several John Deere 400 silage and grain carts, with 400 bushel capacity, were sold in Minnesota at the end of 2008 and throughout 2009. Prices on all of them were pretty similar, ranging from $2,950 at one sold in September 2009, $3,100 at a December 2008 auction and $3,200 at a November 2008 sale. All three were listed as being in good condition.
Prices for two John Deere 500s reported sold were not nearly as similar. The JD 500 sold in November 2008 in Nebraska brought $6,000. The cart sold in June 2009 in Indiana netted $3,800.
Brent grain carts reportedly sold over the past year have brought a wide range of prices. Some of the smaller models that sold were the 400 and 500 series. A 320 went for $4,750 in September 2009 at a Minnesota auction. A 400 model brought $2,600 at an August 2009 auction in Iowa. Then a 410 sold at that same August auction brought in $4,100.
Two Brent 420s sold in Minnesota, one in March 2009 and one in August 2009. Respective sale prices were $6,200 and $5,500. Two 444s sold in March 2009 at the same auction brought $9,100 each.
A Brent 470 sold in Minnesota in September 2009 brought $6,800. A 472 sold in Indiana in October 2009 went for $10,300. A 572 sold in South Dakota in September netted $12,000. A 572 sold in Indiana in October 2009 brought $9,250.
Some 600 series Brent carts reportedly sold were the 610, 620 and 670 ranges. The 610 brought $6,700 at a March 2009 sale in Minnesota. The 620 sold for $17,000 in North Dakota in July 2008. The 670 model brought $8,500 at a February 2009 sale in Washington (state).
Two Brent 672 models sold in June and October 2009 in the states of Minnesota and Indiana brought $12,000 and $12,700. The highest auction price was seen in Minnesota.
Three 772 Brent grain cats were reported sold. A price of $6,700 was garnered at the Texas auction in January 2009. A Minnesota auction brought $7,000 for the same model in December 2008. The third 772 went for $16,750 at a July 2009 North Dakota sale.
A 774 Brent brought $16,500 at an Iowa auction in November 2008. An 874 sold for $15,500 at a Texas auction in February 2009.
A Brent 880 sold for $20,750 at a February 2009 sale in Texas. A 976 with a 16” auger brought $20,000 at an October 2009 sale in Illinois. 
Midwestern farmers who were able to bring in 2009’s harvest without working in muddy fields and incurring extensive drying costs may be trading/upgrading in 2010.