Thousands of Bidders Vie for Iron at Ritchie Sale in Phoenix

More than 2,000 equipment items and trucks were sold in the auction.

📅   Tue February 23, 2016 - West Edition


Joe Mulcaire of JMC Contracting, Cottonwood, Ariz., was in the market for a mini-excavator and he had many to choose from in Phoenix. Here, he checks out the IHI 15J.
Joe Mulcaire of JMC Contracting, Cottonwood, Ariz., was in the market for a mini-excavator and he had many to choose from in Phoenix. Here, he checks out the IHI 15J.
Joe Mulcaire of JMC Contracting, Cottonwood, Ariz., was in the market for a mini-excavator and he had many to choose from in Phoenix. Here, he checks out the IHI 15J. Tony (L) and Alex Higuera, farmers from Los Mochis, Mexico, are in the The auction featured a huge display of water trucks. Mike Cathey of H2O 2 Go in Gilbert, Ariz., was selling this Peterbilt with a 4,000-gallon tank. H2O 2 Go offers trucks and drivers to contractors throughout the Southwest.
Bill Rawlings (L) of Rawlings Specialty Contractors and Kenny Patterson check out an Ingersoll Rand roller.
Mexican farmers Nick Klaus (L) and Frank Wall stand atop a Komatsu 228 excavator, which they would later bid on.
Frank Campbell (L) and Art Martori take a break from the action in front of an older model Caterpillar excavator.  Campbell owns B&J Metals & Materials of Eloy, Ariz., and Martori operates Martori Farms, which has locations throughout Arizona.
Michiganders Dave Grenfell (L) and Ron Weide were on Forest Jeske of Castle Rock Construction traveled from Centennial, Colo., to buy one or more of the many wheel loaders up for sale. Here, he stands by a Volvo L90G.

More than 3,100 bidders participated online and in person at Ritchie Bros.' multi-million dollar unreserved public equipment auction in Phoenix, Ariz., on Feb. 9, 2016.

Bidders came from 40 countries, including 48 U.S. states. Approximately 65 percent of the equipment in the auction was sold to out-of-state buyers, from as far away as Australia, Vietnam, and the United Arab Emirates. Online bidders purchased approximately 41 percent of the equipment sold (by dollar value).

More than 2,000 equipment items and trucks were sold in the auction, including more than 50 compactors, more than 25 backhoes, more than 20 wheel loaders, 15-plus excavators, 75-plus scissor lifts, 100-plus truck tractors, and more.

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