EquipmentWatch announces its second annual list of Highest Retained Value Award winners: the industry’s only award based on residual values of heavy equipment. Top honors in each category were given to the model/series projected to retain the highest percentage of its original value after five years.

Twenty-eight awards were presented in construction, agricultural, and lift/access equipment categories. Caterpillar and John Deere tied for most awards won with four each. Caterpillar maintains a slight all-time edge with a total of nine to Deere’s eight accumulated since the program’s inception in 2016.

Only five series continued their 2016 dominance and won again in 2017, a sign that residual values among the most popular types of equipment are very competitive. Repeat winners include Apache (self-propelled sprayers), CASE (backhoes), Gehl (small skid steer loaders), JLG (articulating boom lift), and SkyTrak (Lift Trucks – Telehandlers).

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

“The Highest Retained Value Award is indicative of excellence across a manufacturing organization,” said Garrett Schemmel, vice president of EquipmentWatch. “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.“

While the largest brands (Caterpillar, Deere, Komatsu) continued to dominate certain categories, there were a notable number of specialized manufacturers with product series that showed significantly greater retained value than their competition, such as Bomag, Challenger and Hyundai.

“For purchasers of equipment, there is perhaps no single measurement more influential in the buying decision process,” says Schemmel. “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.”

To create the 2017 Highest Retained Value Awards, EquipmentWatch analysts considered 12,536 models. That list was narrowed down to 156 series from 36 brands. Once the finalists were set, residual values were calculated at the series level by leveraging a database covering more than $412B in market activity in order to identify the winner in each category. To learn more about the winning models and program methodology visit