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More Than 400 Items Go on Block at Charleston, S.C., Auction

Fri September 30, 2011 - Southeast Edition
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Al Gunter (L), and Steve Larson, both of Flint Equipment Company, compare their thoughts on what prices certain machines will command during the auction.
Al Gunter (L), and Steve Larson, both of Flint Equipment Company, compare their thoughts on what prices certain machines will command during the auction.
Al Gunter (L), and Steve Larson, both of Flint Equipment Company, compare their thoughts on what prices certain machines will command during the auction. The sale attracted many contractors throughout the southeast. They commented that it’s getting more difficult to find quality used machines and that the prices are getting higher. Bubba McCoy (R), Seaside Utilities and Seaside Environmental Constructors, thanks Darrin Hogeboom, Ritchie Bros., for doing such a fantastic job on the sale. Dennis Brown (L), Action Abatement, Monks Corner, S.C., and Harry Hurley, Blanchard Machinery, talk scrapers and motorgraders. Stuart Kay (L), Ravenel Truck & Equipment, Charleston, S.C., and Clay Thornton, BTM Machinery, Charleston, S.C., both came to the sale to buy excavators and wheel loaders. Brian Semken (L), and Billy Steen, both of Steen Enterprises, Adams Run, S.C., came to see which machines the area contractors were bidding on and to bid on a few machines themselves. Art Nichols (L), Nichols Equipment, Monks Corner, S.C., and Nathan Wilson, J.R. Wilson Construction, Hampton, S.C., were both bidding on the dozers and backhoes. Davis Mellott, Southeastern Equipment Corporation, Chesapeake, Va., picked out a few machines to bid on.

More than 700 bidders participated online or in person at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers’ multi-million dollar unreserved public equipment auction in Charleston, S.C., on Sept. 16.

Bidders came from 30-plus countries and 44 U.S. states. More than 80 percent of the equipment was sold to buyers outside the state, from as far away as Bolivia, Egypt, Indonesia and Peru. Online bidders accounted for 56 percent of total sales in the auction.

The auction featured more than 400 equipment items and trucks, including 20-plus hydraulic excavators, more than 15 loader backhoes, about 15 wheel loaders and 10-plus crawler tractors.