The winners of EquipmentWatch’s second annual Highest Retained Value Award were declared, with 28 categories total.

EquipmentWatch is a heavy equipment database that offers intelligence on the purchase, valuation, operation and disposal equipment. Its analysts looked at the most popular equipment series observed on the resale channel in 2016 and then removed any series that do not currently have a model in production.

According to Total Landscape Care, Only equipment series with at least one model contained in the EquipmentWatch Residual Values application were considered. Six of the top series were chosen as finalists with no category containing more than two equipment series from the same manufacturer.

EquipmentWatch calculated the residual values by using the fair market value and forced liquidation value to determine year over year depreciation for over 12,000 models. Using a proprietary algorithm, it estimated residual values up to 84 months into the future.

The winners were the model/series that was projected to retain the highest percentage of its original value after five years.

Caterpillar and John Deere tied for the most honors in 2017 with four a piece. Caterpillar now has nine awards over John Deere’s eight since the program began in 2016.


Even though larger brands mostly dominated, certain specialized manufacturers like Bomag, Challenger, and Hyundai were able to stand out with greater retained value than their competition.

“For purchasers of equipment, there is perhaps no single measurement more influential in the buying decision process,” said Garrett Schemmel, vice president of EquipmentWatch. “The residual value of an asset will have a significant impact on leasing terms and lifetime ownership costs. Informed buyers do well to weigh value retention heavily when considering equipment acquisition.

Only five of the series maintained their dominance from the previous year, including Apache’s self-propelled sprayers, CASE’s backhoes, Gehl’s small skid steer loaders, JLG’s articulating boom lift and SkyTrak’s telehandlers.

“The Highest Retained Value Award is indicative of excellence across a manufacturing organization,” Schemmel said. “Product quality has the most obvious impact on an asset’s performance on the secondary market, but residual values are also highly impacted by brand affinity and fair original pricing. A manufacturer must excel on all three fronts to gain recognition as a Highest Retained Value Award winner.”

Jill Odom | February 27, 2017

Below is the full list of winners.

Award Category Make/Model Series
Backhoe Loaders Case 580
Balers New Holland BR
Boom Lift, Articulating JLG A
Boom Lift, Telescopic Haulotte HB
Combines Case IH Axial-Flow 140
Dozers, Track, Large Deere 850
Dozers, Track, Small Deere 700
Drum Compactors Bomag BW211
Electric Scissor Lifts Custom Equipment HB
Excavators, Crawler, Large Caterpillar 349
Excavators, Crawler, Medium Volvo EC350
Excavators, Crawler, Small Bobcat E85
Excavators, Compact Volvo EC35
I.C. Scissor Lifts JLG RT
Lift Trucks, Telehandlers SkyTrak Telehandler
Lift Trucks, Warehouse/Narrow Aisle Komatsu BX
Loaders, Compact Track Kubota SVL90
Loaders, Skid Steer, Large Caterpillar 262
Loaders, Skid Steer, Small Gehl 4240
Loaders, Wheel, Large Caterpillar 980
Loaders, Wheel, Medium Komatsu WA320
Loaders, Wheel, Small Hyundai HL740
Motor Graders Komatsu GD655
Rear Dumps Caterpillar 740
Sprayers, Self-Propelled Apache AS
Tractors, Track Challenger MT800
Tractors, Wheel, Large Deere 8R
Tractors, Wheel, Small Deere 5E

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