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Ritchie Bros. Orlando, Fla., Sale Attracts 1,700-Plus Bidders

Fri November 11, 2011 - Southeast Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Jamie Wurthman, president of UCM Inc., Lakeland, Fla., is looking for a good buy.
Jamie Wurthman, president of UCM Inc., Lakeland, Fla., is looking for a good buy.
Jamie Wurthman, president of UCM Inc., Lakeland, Fla., is looking for a good buy. This John Deere 624J may be going to Wyalusing, Pa., with Tracy Keeney of B&K Construction Equipment Co. This 2007 Caterpillar 980H went for $205,000. It was the largest loader in the auction. Craig Ferguson of Ferguson Truck & Trailer, Dover, Minn., hopes to take one or more loaders home. This John Deere 624 got a good look from William Turbaugh of William Turbaugh Construction. Guatemala may be the new home of this John Deere 310 if Erwin Barrios has his way. This Caterpillar D7R is the largest dozer in the auction. Vicente Martinez of J&D Equipment Corp. in Miami hopes to take it south with him. Mike Turner (in cab) checks out this Caterpillar excavator while his boss, Steve Leggett, president of Signature Landing, Yulee, Fla., looks on. Leggett is looking for an excavator, loader and a water truck for a new pit he is opening. William Garrett (L) and Mike Miller of Miller All Wire, Brooksville, Fla., are shopping for a couple of mini-excavators. Alden Perkins (L) of APEquipment in Plant City and John Switzer Jr. of All Around Equipment in Tampa took time out to chat about the auction scene.

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers held a multi-million dollar unreserved equipment auction Oct. 26 in Orlando, Fla.

More than 1,700 bidders from approximately 50 countries, including 49 U.S. states, registered to participate in the auction. More than 72 percent of the equipment was sold to out-of-state buyers, from as far away as Australia, Colombia, Guyana, Italy and Saudi Arabia.

The auction featured nearly 1,500 equipment items and trucks, including more than 45 wheel loaders, 40 hydraulic excavators, 25 backhoe loaders, 20 crawler tractors and 35 truck tractors.

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