New Awards Recognize Construction Equipment with Highest Residual Value

EquipmentWatch’s database of dealer and auction transactions yields machines the best ability to retain their value over five years

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Rental Rate Blue Book publisher EquipmentWatch compiled a list of construction machines that retain their value at resale best in 20 categories, based on dealer and auction records of nearly $20 billion in machine transactions per month.

Winners of the first Highest Retained Value Awards held the highest residual values over the past five years. To the 20 construction categories, EquipmentWatch added six agricultural and material-handling equipment types.   

“Retained value is one of the most powerful measures of quality, performance and longevity for a piece of heavy equipment,” says Garrett Schemmel, vice president at EquipmentWatch. “A high retained value generally shows that a machine has been successful at the work demanded of it, has presented minimal maintenance issues over its service life, and still presents a high value to buyers on the resale market. Each of these machines represents quality and gives buyers confidence in their investment on both the new equipment and equipment resale/auction markets.”


The Highest Retained Value Awards are powered by what EquipmentWatch calls, “The world’s largest sales transaction database of equipment valuations.” EquipmentWatch adds nearly $20 billion in dealer (private) and auction (public) equipment transactions each month. Using this data, the five most popular products in each category from the previous year are identified.

Using the proprietary ValueTrend Engine, a custom-built values calculation platform, EquipmentWatch compares their five-year estimated values, and the machine series with the highest cumulative estimated value retained over that time is declared the winner. 

“Manufacturers can be proud of each machine series that has won, as it represents their commitment to produce and support quality products that stand the test of time in these demanding applications,” adds Schemmel.

Construction Equipment Winners

Backhoe Loaders: CASE Construction Equipment 580

Boom Lift, Articulating: JLG E300 Series

Boom Lift, Telescopic: Genie S-40

Dozers, Track, Large (>190 HP): Komatsu D65 Series

Dozers, Track, Small (1 – 189 HP): Caterpillar D5 Series

Drum Compactors: Volvo/IR SD45 Series

Excavators, Crawler, Large (>50 metric tons): Komatsu PC600 Series

Excavators, Crawler, Medium (21-50 metric tons): Caterpillar 330 Series LN

Excavators, Crawler, Small (6.1-21 metric tons): Caterpillar 312 Series

Lift Trucks/Telehandlers: Sky Trak Telehandlers

Loaders, Compact Track: Bobcat T550 Series

Loaders, Skid Steer, Large (>1,351 pounds): Bobcat S600 Series

Loaders, Skid Steer, Small (1-1,350 pounds): Gehl 4240 Series

Loaders, Wheel, Large (>350 HP): Volvo L220 Series

Loaders, Wheel, Medium (135-349 HP): Volvo L90 Series

Loaders, Wheel, Small (1-134 HP): Deere 444 Series

Motor Graders: Caterpillar 160 Series

Rear Dumps: Caterpillar 725 Series

Scissor Lift: Skyjack 4600 Series

Tractors, Track: Deere 8RT Series

Other Category Winners

Balers: John Deere 569

Combines: New Holland CR9000

Lift Trucks – Warehouse/Narrow Aisle: Toyota 8F Series

Sprayers, Self-Propelled: Apache AS1000 Series

Tractors, Wheel, Large (>175 HP): Deere 8R Series

Tractors, Wheel, Small: CASE IH MX135 Series