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Online Bidding Record Broken During Ritchie Sale in N.C.

Fri April 15, 2011 - Southeast Edition
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Richard Nagey (L) and Ethan Grabill (R), both of Ritchie Bros., welcome Jerry Smith of Little Mountain Grading, Maideb, N.C., to the sale. Smith was interested in a few excavators and maybe a dozer.
Richard Nagey (L) and Ethan Grabill (R), both of Ritchie Bros., welcome Jerry Smith of Little Mountain Grading, Maideb, N.C., to the sale. Smith was interested in a few excavators and maybe a dozer.
Richard Nagey (L) and Ethan Grabill (R), both of Ritchie Bros., welcome Jerry Smith of Little Mountain Grading, Maideb, N.C., to the sale. Smith was interested in a few excavators and maybe a dozer. Lee Mashburn (L) of Mashburn Equipment, Ringgold, Ga., and Robby Udelson of PowerTrac Machinery, Miami, Fla., followed the prices closely. Steve Headden (L), newly appointed used equipment manager of Terex aerial lifts, and Charlie Hughes of RW Moore Equipment Company, Raleigh, N.C., attended the sale to gauge market conditions and gain a sense of the values of the used equipment. Rick (L) and Richard Sowers, both of Sowers Construction Co. Inc., Mt. Airy, N.C., looked to buy a few things, if the price was right. Tom Shipp (L) of Shipp Used Equipment, St. Louis, Mo., and Wayne Calton of Gregory Poole Equipment in Raleigh both said that most of the prices of the machines sold for higher than expected. Darius Garrett (L) and Tom Weaver, both of Paradigm Inc., Salem, Va., were in the market to purchase a few wheel loaders and excavators for Virginia-area contractors. Toby Clemens of Ritchie Bros. takes bids for this Kawasaki wheel loader, which was ultimately purchased by a contractor in Egypt via the Internet. Working on a deal is the name of the game and that’s what Todd Perkins (L) of Hale Trailers, Concord, N.C., and Andy Kendall of Abington Equipment, Kernersville, N.C., were doing. Bryant (L) and Randy Puryear of Puyear Repair Service, Buffalo Junction, Va., were looking over the dozers and helping contractors assess the machines. Jeff Clements (L) of Clements Inc. Construction & Trucking, Steubenville, Ohio, and Rudy Key of Home Place Construction, Ararat, N.C., were looking for mid-size John Deere and Caterpillar dozers. Eddie Stewart of E&D Contracting, Robbinsville, N.C., checks out a few things on this Terex Pegson machine. Stewart needed a machine like this for a project he is working on. Aaron Brown (L) and Jack Hunley, both of Bulldog Excavating, Lenore, N.C., check out the crushers. Later they planned to check out rollers and graders. Keeping track of the Komatsu excavators (L-R) are Christopher Pochick, general manager of the Salem, Va., offices for Rish Equipment; D.J. Chaffin, also of Rish Equipment in Salem; Donald Branscomb of DLB Inc. in Virginia; and Roger Royal of Rish Equipmen (L-R): Andy Dryburgh and Dan Wilcox, both of Wilcox Tractor, Charlotte, N.C., and Tim Kohrs of Harkohr Construction, Honesdale, Pa., were very interested in the Caterpillar excavators for sale. More than 2,100 registered bidders at the sale, plus several hundred Internet bidders, vied for  a selection of late-model machines. Todd Burleson (L) of Todd Burleson Trucking, Newland, N.C., was in the market for a couple of excavators and sundry other items. D.J. Hughes of ASC Construction Equipment, Asheville, N.C., shared some of his product knowledge with him.

Ritchie Bros. held an auction March 31 in Statesville, N.C.

More than 2,100 bidders participated online and in person during the auction. Bidders came from 39 countries, including all 50 U.S. states and 10 Canadian provinces and one territory. More than 82 percent of the equipment was sold to buyers outside the state, from as far away as Australia, Germany, Colombia, Saudi Arabia and Thailand.

The auction also set a new site record for online bidder registrations with more than 1,100 people participating online, surpassing the previous record of more than 800 online bidders set during an auction held at the site in December 2010. Online bidders purchased 43 percent of the equipment sold.

The auction featured more than 1,100 equipment items and trucks, including hydraulic excavators, crawler tractors, loader backhoes, skid steer loaders, wheel loaders, truck tractors and more.