'Tool box wars': Gladstone bidders in blood bath for tools

WITH Gladstone blokes wrapped around their little finger, Hassalls auctioneers are beginning to play games.

The team of auctioneers, charged with selling off $30 million worth of pre-loved gear from Bechtel's Curtis Island LNG construction, have thought up a new shopping game dubbed the "Knack Box Wars".

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A Hassals auction this morning has sold thousands of dollars' worth of Bechtel equipment.Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
A Hassals auction this morning has sold thousands of dollars' worth of Bechtel equipment.Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven

Farmers, tradies, and business owners will have two minutes to inspect each knack box. In previous Hassalls auctions the boxes have contained a range of hand tools, construction equipment, welders, drills, angle grinders, clamps, extension leads, spirit levels, tape measures, hammers, among many other items.

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Hassalls general manager Steve Wall said "those with a keen eye" would be guaranteed to snap up bargains.

"This auction is a prime opportunity to pick up a great deal, especially if you're in the market for smaller goods including power and hand tools or construction equipment," he said.

Source: Hassalls auctioneers are trialling a new bidding game.
Source: Hassalls auctioneers are trialling a new bidding game.

He's also betting on the Knack Box Wars attracting bigger crowds of more aggressive bidders as they compete for the box with most expensive goodies.

"We wanted to create a one-of-a-kind auction that generated a sense of fun and excitement," he said.

"With only two minutes to take a look at each box, we expect some fierce competition."

The auction will be on at Saturday June 18 from 10am at 35-53 Somerset Rd Gracemere, QLD.



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