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More Than 1,500 Vie for Iron in Atlanta

Fri September 30, 2011 - Southeast Edition
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Several JCB excavators were of interest to the guys from the Savannah and Kennesaw locations of JCB of Georgia including (L-R) Chris Shea, Adam Sharpe and Wes Williams.
Several JCB excavators were of interest to the guys from the Savannah and Kennesaw locations of JCB of Georgia including (L-R) Chris Shea, Adam Sharpe and Wes Williams.
Several JCB excavators were of interest to the guys from the Savannah and Kennesaw locations of JCB of Georgia including (L-R) Chris Shea, Adam Sharpe and Wes Williams. Industry experts Skip Walker (L), High Hills LLC, Calera, Ala., and John Gorham, Yancey Bros. Co., Austell, Ga., discuss the marketplace for used equipment in Alabama and Georgia. Charles Dowey of Carolina Wrecking Inc., Columbia, S.C., puts a Volvo EC330B LC excavator through the inspection process before putting the machine on his bidding list. Troy Griffin, used equipment manager, Flint Equipment Company, Albany, Ga., was looking for some good Deere machines to add to his inventory. Leonard Unnerstall (L), Unnerstall Contracting, Pacific, Mo., and Jeff Unnerstall, Unnerstall Contracting, Orlando, Fla., met in Atlanta to see if they could catch a deal or two on excavators. Comparing notes on some of the machines in the auction line-up are John Noble (L), K.I.T. Equipment, Louisville, Ky., and Frank Hilton, AIS Construction Equipment Corp., Lansing, Mich. Ritchie Bros. employees quickly grab bids in anticipation of another strong day of selling in Atlanta.

More than 1,500 bidders participated online or in person at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers’ multi-million dollar unreserved public equipment auction in Atlanta on Sept. 14.

Bidders came from 45-plus countries, including all 50 U.S. states. More than 80 percent of the equipment and trucks was sold to buyers outside the state, from as far away as Bolivia, Ecuador, Malaysia and South Africa. Online bidders accounted for 47 percent of total sales in the auction.

The auction featured more than 1,300 items, including 35 hydraulic excavators, 30 skid steer loaders, 25 loader backhoes, 25 crawler tractors, 10 wheel loaders and 35 truck tractors.