Tradies on 'buying frenzy' for Bechtel Curtis Island gear
FACED with Hassalls largest ever auction in Gracemere of pre-loved Curtis Island gear, Gladstone's tradies, farmers, and small business owners got a bit silly and went on a shopping spree.
A Hassalls spokesman said they had "expected to ignite a buying frenzy" after last month's auction that sold $1.2 million worth of gear at a 98% clearance rate.
But Hassals dwarfed last month's auction to sell a record $1.5 million dollars' worth of gear which included vehicles, demountables, and electrical cable, among thousands of other items.
A demountable that sold for $9200 was the most expensive demountable offloaded at the auction, but it still went for much cheaper than its retail price of $28,000.
But electrical cable was the hit of the day, with Hassall's saying bidders from "all over the eastern seaboard" threw down bids for the product.
But auctioneers said the "bargain of the day" was an unused submersible pump -- used on construction and industrial sites to remove stormwater, sewage, and other fluids -- which sold for $5,500, despite its retail price being $87,000.
Hassalls General Manager Steve Wall said last week takes the total equipment sold at Bechtel auctions past the $16 million mark.
"Our auctions are a rare opportunity for local farmers, businesses and tradespeople to pick up quality products at a fraction of the cost of new equipment," he said.