Total U.S. farm tractor sales are running ahead of year-ago levels thanks to two-wheel-drives under a hundred horsepower.
The monthly report from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers says 22,368 tractors were sold in the U.S. in April, up nearly 1 percent from April of last year. However sales of two-wheel-drives over 100 horsepower were down more than 14 percent and four-wheel-drive sales were 7.5 percent below a year ago.
Less than 40 horsepower two-wheel-drive sales were more than 3 percent higher and 40-to-100 horsepower two-wheel-drive sales in April were up more than 7 percent.
Year-to-date tractor sales are up nearly 4 percent at 61,587 units but 100-plus horsepower two-wheel-drive sales are nearly 6 percent lower and four-wheel-drive sales are 7 percent less than the January-through-April period of 2013.
More than half of the total farm tractors sold in the U.S. in April and year-to-date are two-wheel-drives with less than 40 horsepower.