More Than 2,200 Bidders Attend Ritchie Bros. Minneapolis Sale

Sat April 12, 2014 - Midwest Edition
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Large crowds attended the Medford, Minn., auction despite unusually cold March weather.
Large crowds attended the Medford, Minn., auction despite unusually cold March weather.
Large crowds attended the Medford, Minn., auction despite unusually cold March weather. Keith Hegedorn of Hagedorn Construction, Spirit Lake, Iowa, was on site to pick up a shipping container and a welding table. CEG subscriber Al Torgerson (L) of TLC Excavating, Decorah, Iowa, and Dean Bergey of Bergey Septic, Harmony, Minn., take a look at this Cat mini-excavator. Bart Clark, owner of Heartland Construction Equipment, Ames, Iowa, is looking for machines to fix up, clean up and resell like this nice Vermeer DX 6x20 Series 2 underground unit. All three excavators were being tested by contractors to check out the machines they would like to bid on. Taking a test run on this Kobelco SK485 are Garrett Huhne (L), equipment operator, and Matt Bardson, both of Craig Bardson Excavating, Albany, Minn. Taking a look at the Cat Challenger they just bought for DMI, Dirt Merchants Inc., Mankato, Minn., (L-R) are Troy Nicolai, Bryan Bode, and Dan Depuydt. Head Auctioneer Greg Highsmith keeps the equipment moving at another successful Ritchie Bros. sale.

More than 2,200 bidders participated online and in person at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers’ multi-million dollar unreserved public equipment auction in Minneapolis, Minn., on March 25.

Bidders came from more than 39 countries, including 47 U.S. states. More than 63 percent of the equipment was sold to out-of-state buyers, from as far away as Hong Kong, Nigeria and Poland. Online bidders purchased 57 percent of the equipment sold (by dollar value).

In total, more than 850 equipment items were sold in the auction, including crawler tractors, excavators, skid steer loaders, compactors and more.

For more information, please visit www.rbauction.com.