Sales Auction Company Holds Its Largest-Ever Auction

Not the grayest of skies, nor the muddiest of fields, could dampen the pitch at The Sales Auction Company massive public equipment auction that took place all day on, Oct. 1.

📅   Wed October 19, 2016 - Northeast Edition


Steve Carroll (R) and his cousin Marc Astrella of Carroll Custom Contracting, West Brookfield, Mass., check out a Gehl telehandler/boom truck.
Steve Carroll (R) and his cousin Marc Astrella of Carroll Custom Contracting, West Brookfield, Mass., check out a Gehl telehandler/boom truck.
Steve Carroll (R) and his cousin Marc Astrella of Carroll Custom Contracting, West Brookfield, Mass., check out a Gehl telehandler/boom truck. A representative of A & M Landscaping of Springfield, Mass., walks the lot. Among the many unusual items for sale at The Sales Auction Co. mega-lot event was this life-sized bronze horse. Steve Boucher (third from R), owner of SAB Tree Experts, Franklin, Conn., came to the auction with his family — son Stephen, daughters Tisha, Taylor and Megan and family friend Zayla McLean.
Some of the vintage, classic and muscle cars for sale. The row of lifts and cranes was so high, sometimes you couldn't see the nearby planes taking off from Bradley International Airport, just across the street.
Gary and Bonnie Santoro, owners of Gary J. Santoro Mason Contractors of Bethlehem, Conn., with their 12-week-old retriever Bentley, look at various consignment equipment up for auction. Someone actually bid $1,000 on Bentley, but the pup was not for sale.
Robert Lodge and Cynthia Eisnor of Lodge Earth Works of Windsor, Conn., look at a cement mixer, which they considered for purchase.
Auctioneer Bobby Munter stands above the crowd.
Brothers Joe (L) and Louis Vaz, owners of Vaz Quality Works of Bridgeport, Conn., inspect a Ditch Witch on the grounds.
Sales Auction Company Manager John Stevenson acknowledges bids in front of an auctioneer truck. Stevenson was one of two auctioneers taking bids all morning, due to the large volume of equipment at the Oct. 1 event.
Many families attended the Sales Auction Co. fall sale on Oct. 1, including Josh and Ashley Thompson and their sons Johnny (in his father's arms) and Austin of Windsor Locks, Conn. Josh works for Evergreen Tree Service.
Chris Tworek (L) and his cousin Danny Kularski, are part of the All Parts Racing Co. team of Ware, Mass. Kularski helped to move in many of the heavy iron that was sold at the Sales Auction.
Alex Alvarez, owner of AA Industries of South Windsor, Conn., brought his son Anthony Alvarez to the auction. Alvarez was interested in the service truck behind them.
Auctioneer Rick Munter in the truck accepting bids. 
Guests arrived early in the rainy morning to check out the equipment up for grabs. Owner Sam Sales stands behind the scenes. Bob Sweatland (L) of Sweatland Excavating, Agawam, Mass., and Scott Laman of TYNIC Landscaping, Southwick, Mass., look at a screener. Erik Hansen Jr. (L) and Erik Hansen Sr. of Scavo Construction, Patterson, N.Y., carefully examine a piece of machinery. Despite inclement weather, a large crowd arrived as early as 7 a.m. to register. Charlie Emerson, owner of C.M.E. Excavation of Salbury, Mass., examines a 1600-watt generator he considered buying. Peg Howard and her son Jim Howard of Glastonbury, Conn., check out a snow blower.

The rain wouldn't let up, but neither did hundreds of bids.

Not the grayest of skies, nor the muddiest of fields, could dampen the pitch at The Sales Auction Company massive public equipment auction that took place all day on, Oct. 1 at its headquarters at 55 King Spring Road, in Windsor Locks, Conn.

Nearly 1,100 consignment lots and individual machines, cranes, dump trucks, rollers, earth movers, dozers, classic vehicles, engines, even a life-sized bronze horse, went out for bid over nearly 12 hours at Sales 7th Annual Fall Sale.

Sometimes you couldn't see the jumbo jets flying out of Bradley International Airport, just across the street, because of the many cranes and excavators lined up against the sky.

Due to the abundant growth of inventory over the week preceding the auction, the sale was by far the largest ever to date for Northern Connecticut's largest industrial auction company. In fact, Sales decided to begin the day at 7:30 a.m., with two simultaneous auctions for the entire morning, and not at 8 a.m. as originally advertised, in order to efficiently get to the dozens of rows of impressive heavy iron over the course of the afternoon.

The event featured surplus equipment from Strictly Business Crane Service LLC, Southington, Conn.; G&S Industrial Inc., Hatfield, Mass.; Russo Lawn & Landscape, Windsor Locks, Conn.; Metropolitan District Commission, Hartford, Conn.; and Sunbelt Rentals and other lots from surrounding area dealers, contractors, municipalities and rental outfits.

Beyond the rows of excavators, earth movers, pavers or grounds keeping and farm machinery from top companies like Caterpillar, John Deere, Bobcat, Kubota, Volvo, Peterbilt, Vermeer and too many others to list, the 1,100 lots included unusual items like a fence installing machine, lathes, heaters, chop saws, muscle cars, tool boxes, compressors, hoists, curb builders, chainsaws, augers, oil tanks — and that was just the first 30 items.

Owner Sam Sales and Sales Manager John Stevenson were on their feet all day, in front or behind auctioneer brothers Rick and Bobby Munter, whose bid pitches above the throng split the damp air with a staccato rhythm, item after item.

The auction was held in memory of the Sales Company colleague and friend, Raymond Lucia.

For more information, call

860/627-7506 or visit www.SalesAuctionCompany.com.