Went to a RB auction today

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by ksss, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
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    I went to the Belgrade, MT. auction today. My first priority was this

    PSI grader. I have an opportunity to bid some large private road maintaince and it would be very help on some other projects. Problem was it sold for 42K which was more than I was willing to give.


    Second priority was this Link Belt. I was willing to give 50 or just over and it sold for 61K great condition.


    As always some things went too high and there were some good buys. The interesting thing and the reason for posting was, I did not see the head in the sand, the sky is falling attitude. If the way people were bidding is an indication, people are still willing to spend money. There was a lot of items that were sold via internet so it was no just a local phenom.
  2. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    Those RB Auctions are just nuts, I've seen ADT's go for less value than the rubber they ride on, if there was a Takeuchi in an Auction in Scurrey, I'd bid on it.
  3. Construct'O

    Construct'O LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Sw Iowa
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    Cat is getting into the auction business.There is going to be one of their first at Des Moines,Ia. Nov.12. www.catauctions.com

    There is a bunch of McAninch equipment listed.Heard rumors they are having problem,but a rumor for now.Funny thing is the amount of their stuff listed???? Time will tell.

    Some stuff you well be able to get extended warranty.Several (9)Mack dumps are selling.Hopefully i'll be working,if not i would go just to kick tires:):usflag:
  4. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    The internet bids are coming from overseas. New Zealand seems to be buying up alot of equipment. They bought 70% of the Madill equipment auctioned off.

    You win some and loose some good deals. It all depends on what time of the year it is. Winter auctions things go cheap spring auctions are not too bad summer auctions things go high.
  5. coopers

    coopers LawnSite Bronze Member
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    KSSS, is that linkbelt a "160" zero tail swing? Looks kinda like the short school bus. haha. You really need a zero tail swing machine?
  6. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
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    I went to a big auction of stuff from a guy who was a dirt contractor and a rancher. There were less than 100 bid numbers given out. Everything was old, but it was all in great condition. It all went cheap, except the two items I wanted, of course. Here are a few examples;
    - Versatile 4x4 tractor, about 150HP $4200.00
    - mid 70's Cat D9 dozer totally rebuilt $16,000
    - Late 60's Cat D8H dozer 12,000.00
    - Komatsu D20 dozer, really nice $7500.00
    - 2 Linkbelt LS4300 excavators, No bids
    - 2 Michigan 30CY scrapers, no bids
    - Mack R model, tandem truck tractor $6500.00
    The only things that went high were the 30 or 40 old classic, unrestored cars, and all the gooseneck trailers
  7. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
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    It is a 225 sized machine. I rented a CASE 225 which had a coupler, thumb and a big ass bucket it that machine at full extension was rock solid with a full bucket. It was unbelievably stable. I really liked running it. This LinkBelt is the same machine. It had 1300 hours. I also like the near zero tail. As far as zero tail and needing it. I look at from the other side, and that is why do I need a conv. machine? Other than these being heavier than conv. 210 and cost more to purchase new, there are few reasons not have one. The cab is a little smaller but I found it was still comfortable. What I like about running they machines is the fact that you never have to worry about where you tail is at. Dirt that is a nice thing on demo jobs it is even nicer. I have not stopped pondering this machine, thinking I should have gone a little higher. It was a great deal. I am sure as Winter takes hold and the work remains slow that more machines are going to come up for sale.
  8. coopers

    coopers LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Huh, I see what you're thinking. Valid points. That was going to be my next question was the stability but you answered it. I see more and more of these being used back here in WA. 135's, 225's etc.
  9. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    The zero tails are gaining popularity in the larger weight classes. Company I worked for has 7 138's, 5 or 6 228's, and a couple 308 Komatsus along with a dozen 120's, 10 200's and a 4 300's, so it's a fairly mixed fleet currently between traditional and zero tail. I imagine that if there was a zero tail machine in the 40 ton class, they'd buy them, but they don't exist. I guess they've completely stopped buying traditional 200's and 120's. When I go back to work for them come spring I'm hoping we'll have a couple more zero tails to trade out some of our older 200's. It's really nice not having to worry about the ass of your machine when things get a little cramped.
  10. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    I don't like zero tail swing excavators I ran 158 Komatsu I didn't like it give me a conventional swing machine. Another contractor has a couple 25 ton Komatsu zero tail the operators hate the machines not stable enough.

    You can have all the weight you want in the undercarriage you still need the leverage out back ie counterweight.

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