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Demand for more powerful tractors continues to grow

February 14, 2019 by  
Filed under Machinery

Tractor sales increased last year – continuing the trend that has seen larger machines replace less powerful models.

More than 600 more tractors over 180hp were registered in 2018 than in the previous year, representing an increase of 18%, according to the Agricultural Engineers Association. Below that level, however, the number of machines was static or declined.

Growth in registrations was primarily at the top end of the power range. Year-on-year registrations of agricultural tractors over 50hp were up by less than 1% during 2018. Most of the drop came in the 140-180hp and under 100hp ranges, with little change between 100 and 140hp.

The AEA said the 140-180hp range performed well in 2017, which may explain some of the fall in 2018. But some changes in specification moving models from one side of the 180hp boundary to the other may also have contributed.

Continuing the historic trend, the average power of tractors over 50hp registered during 2018 rose to 166.6hp, up from 162.2hp in 2017. The total power sold was just over 2 million hp, the first time we have reached this level since 2012.

At regional level, the market was stronger in the north than in the south. The best performing region was the East Midlands, where nearly 200 extra machines were registered. Sales decreased in southern England, East Anglia and Scotland. Sales were up in the north of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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