Massive Alberta equipment sell-off

by MM&D Online Staff

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alberta—Oil patch woes are leading to a massive equipment sale in northern Alberta this month. More than 2,250 items will be sold at the next Ritchie Bros. auction on March 14–15, 2016—all without minimum bids or reserve prices.

Ritchie Bros says the sale is attracting international attention.
Ritchie Bros. has been conducting auctions in Alberta since 1963, and has a long history in the Peace Country, and this may just be the company’s biggest Grande Prairie auction ever. Equipment highlights include 65+ excavators, 60+ dozers, hundreds of trucks and trailers, pipeline equipment, portable multi-unit camps and more.

“It’s not the quantity of equipment available in this auction that’s most impressive, it’s the quality,” said Simon Wallan, vice-president,Ritchie Bros.

“We are selling a tremendous selection of late-model, low-hour equipment and trucks that can be used in a variety of sectors. This auction really has something for everyone, including pipeline, general contracting and transportation equipment, as well as consumer items. As always, the auction is open to the public and unreserved.”

The two-day auction features three complete dispersals, including more than 350 items for Pinnacle Services.

“I’ve been buying and selling with Ritchie Bros for 15 years, so when it came time to sell all our equipment there really was only one choice,” said OJ Blanchette of Pinnacle Services, based in High Level, AB. “All our equipment is well-maintained and ready to go to work for a new owner. Some of it is actually still working for us right now—it will be taken straight from the job site to the auction site, cleaned and prepared for sale.”

Equipment & truck highlights include:
Four Caterpillar D8T crawler tractors
Nine Caterpillar D7R crawler tractors
Eight Komatsu D65PX-17 crawler tractors
22 Komatsu PC290LC-10 hydraulic excavators
10 Komatsu PC490LC-10 hydraulic excavators
Two Caterpillar 336E L hydraulic excavators
Six Caterpillar 72H crawler pipelayers
Seven Caterpillar PL61 crawler pipelayers
A 2014 Kenworth T800 tri-drive vacuum truck
A 2015 Peterbilt 367 20,000L tri-drive tank truck
Two Caterpillar 730 articulated dump trucks
14 Kenworth T800 winch tractors
Two 2015 Peterbilt 367 sleeper dump trucks
Two 2015 Peterbilt 367 sleeper truck tractors
2014 Tremcar 64,000L super B-train lead tank trailer

They will also be selling seven portable multi-unit camps in the Grande Prairie auction. These camps include two 32-person units, two 31-person units, a 27-person unit, a 20-person unit, and an 18-person unit.