Total U.S. tractor sales were up in June but the increase was with smaller tractors. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers says 21,829 tractors were sold in the month, a 5 percent increase over June of 2013.
However, 13,326 of those tractors were two-wheel-drive units with less than 40 horsepower, a 14 percent increase compared to a year ago. Sales of 40-to-100 horsepower two-wheel-drives totaled 5,884 up nearly 1 percent while sales of two-wheel-drives over 100 horsepower decreased 19 percent at 2,267 units.
Total four-wheel-drive sales were down 22 percent at 352 tractors.
Year-to-date tractor sales total 106,997 units up 2.5 percent from the first six months of 2013. Four-wheel-drive sales year-to-date are down more than 10 percent, 100-plus horsepower two-wheel-drive sales are 10 percent lower. 40-to-100 horsepower two-wheel-drive sales are nearly 4 percent higher and under 40 horse two-wheel-drive sales are up almost 7 percent compared to the first half of last year.
Self-propelled combine sales in June totaled 705 machines down nearly 24 percent from June of last year. Year-to-date combine sales total 4,004 units down more than 12 percent from 2013.
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