Tractor and combine sales showed a slight dip last month when compared to October 2012, though year to date sales were up in most categories for 2013, according to Nov. 11 data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.
Sales of two-wheel-drive tractors under 40 horsepower declined by 5.3% in October 2013 when compared to October 2012, while 2wd tractors between 40 and 100 hp declined only 2.4%. Sales of 2wd tractors with more than 100 hp were up by 3.5%. Total sales of 2wd tractors declined by 2.2% in October 2013 when compared to this month last year.
Four-wheel-drive farm tractors suffered a steeper decline, with 919 units sold in October 2013 when compared to 1,182 in October 2012. That amounts to a 22.3% decline overall, but total sales of all farm tractors (2wd and 4wd) posted only a 3.4% decline this month when compared to October 2012.
Self-prop combines also posted a steep decline – 34.6% in October 2013 when compared to October 2012 sales. Year to date, however, sales are up by 5.6%. In only one category – 4wd tractors – did year to date sales decline, the AEM data shows. The posted decline in 4wd tractors amounts to 2.2%.