Cat Auction Services Des Moines, Iowa, Sale Tops $9M

Sat July 10, 2010 - Midwest Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Potential bidders were welcomed to the Des Moines sale site.
Potential bidders were welcomed to the Des Moines sale site.
Potential bidders were welcomed to the Des Moines sale site. Altorfer CAT’s Used Equipment Manager Bill Musgrave of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, checks out the Cat auction. More than 350 lots were featured in the auction. Jeff Roberts, marketing manager of Cat Auctions, stops to check out this Cat 970F wheel loader. Longtime CEG subscriber Carl Hoerr of Hoerr Machinery, Peoria, Ill., looks for bargains, including this Cat D6 dozer. Blair Weidemann (L) of Weidemann Inc. and Logan Janes of Dows, Iowa, take a look at this Cat D10 dozer. Quality Cut Lawn Service owner Steve Darcy of West Des Moines considers picking up a track machine for his fleet. Stephen Upchurch of Michigan CAT Used Equipment watches the auction next to this 627E scraper. Terry Winn of Winn Corp, Ollie, Iowa, takes in some of the auction action next to this Cat 320BL excavator with his son Jonathan. Bob Castelli of Plote Construction, Hoffman Estates, Ill., tries out this Caterpillar 385CL excavator while looking to pick up an excavator, skid loader and rubber tire endloader. Mike Nichols from Nichols Equipment, Des Moines, Iowa, inspects this Caterpillar 627G.

Cat Auction Services sold more than $9 million of heavy equipment during an unreserved public auction June 17 in Des Moines, Iowa. Bidders from 49 states and 14 countries registered to participate on-site and online to compete for more than 350 lots consigned by more than two dozen consignors.

The auction featured a wide variety of equipment, from loaders, excavators and motorgraders to tractors, trucks and trailers. Of particular interest were several Cat VHP motorgraders that included the Trimble GPS system.

“We had a lot of really high end equipment that brought a good price for the consigner, but also had the buyer hauling it home happy. That’s the kind of win-win situation that we built our business model on,” said Cat Auction Services President Rick Albin.

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