Machinery sales best in decades

TRACTOR sales just keep on getting better in Australia where the third quarter of the year saw almost 3000 deliveries – the best Q3 result since 1981.
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The tractor market is going great guns this year. Picture Ben White.

Mark Saunders

The 2927 figure is 24.5 per cent up on Q3 last year and has put the annual sales tally on track for 13,000.

The tractor sales data is collected by Agriview on behalf of the Tractor and Machinery Association (TMA) and Agriview's Alan Kirsten said the tractor market just keeps on getting better.

"After a slight drop in August, the tractor market has powered on, boosted by the instant asset write off," Kirsten said.

On a rolling 12-month basis, sales are at 12,805, which Kirtsen said puts the industry on track for 13,000 for the calendar year. Year-to-date tractor sales stand at 9914 units.

There are some supply concerns however, with the influence of COVID-19 apparent from supplier factories in Europe and the United States.

The demand for tractors increased in Q3 in all but the largest horsepower categories.
In the Under 30kW sector, there were 2304 tractors sold, up 29 per cent compared to Q3 2019 while the 30-75kW category, sales were up 22.3 per cent to 3190.

Tractors of 75-150kW saw a boost of 30.7 per cent, to 3313 units and in the 150kW-plus sector sales were down 8.7 per cent to 1107.

Around the states saw Queensland record a 13.6 per cent increase to 2198 tractors, New South Wales was up 30 per cent to 2750 tractors and Victorian sales jumped almost 29 per cent to 2690.

Tasmania recorded a boost of 25 per cent, to 420 tractors, South Australian sales were up almost 34 per cent to 881 and Western Australia recorded a slight drop of 3.5 per cent to 891 tractors.

Hay gear continues to attract plenty of attention as well as baler sales were up 39 per cent, to 400 (including large and small square balers and round balers). Large square baler sales were up 58 per cent to 150 for the third quarter.