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IronPlanet Sells Record $99 Million in Gross Merchandising Volume During “September to Remember” Heavy Equipment Auctions

Posted by IronPlanet on Oct 20, 2016 6:00:00 AM

23 Auctions in 30 Days with Bidders from 84 Countries, Nearly 10,000 Items Sold


PLEASANTON, Calif. –  IronPlanet®, a leading online marketplace for selling and buying used equipment and other durable assets, today announced record-breaking results from its month-long September to remember auction events. Combining both online and on-site auctions, the company sold 9,890 items for more than $99 million in GMV (Gross Merchandise Volume), during 23 auctions in September.


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Topics: Press Releases, Auctions, Events, Data

Fault IronPlanet for Having Earth-Shattering Auctions

Posted by IronPlanet on Oct 19, 2016 10:00:00 AM

When you live in the California Bay Area like many IronPlanet staffers do, there are things you take for granted. Some of them are awesome, some of them, not so much.

In the awesome column we have: wearing shorts well into October, ski slopes within an afternoon's drive, and enough sporting events in any weekend to make grown men weep like little school children.

In the not so much column let's write down: traffic, annoying people in coffee lines, and let's see. . . oh yeah, earthquakes. Big honking earthquakes that make freeways roll like a 1970s waterbed. Like this:


IronPlanet mentions it because this week marks the 27th anniversary the Loma Prieta earthquake rocked our world. It was weird, it hit the "reset" button on our psyches. As soon as the dust settled, people manned their equipment and tools to put highways, homes, and businesses back on their foundations, and in the doing, got shell-shocked residents back on their feet.

A safer, better, more productive way to rock your world is by checking out IronPlanet's October 20 online auction. Reliable Komatsu excavatorsCat crawler tractorsmini excavators and trenchers from JCB, and trucks from Kenworth, Peterbilt, and Volvo.

  View the October 20 Auction

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Topics: Auctions

Roundup: News You Can Use for the Week of October 17

Posted by IronPlanet on Oct 17, 2016 3:11:00 PM

Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman will Retire in 2017
Caterpillar Inc.'s CEO Doug Oberhelman will retire in 2017 from the Peoria, IL-based company. Jim Umpleby, a long-time insider, will take the helm.

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Topics: In the News

Infographic: IronPlanet Crunches the Numbers on September to Remember

Posted by IronPlanet on Oct 14, 2016 12:30:00 PM

Across the entire month of September IronPlanet sold excavators, crawler tractors, compactors, Humvees, tools, and one great big crawler crane to bidders from around the globe.

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Topics: Auctions

Some People Pay to Operate Heavy Machinery

Posted by IronPlanet on Oct 14, 2016 11:18:00 AM

Ever wonder what it's like to climb into a shiny combine on a crisp October day and just harvest some corn? 

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Topics: Heavy Equipment, Fun Friday

Video: Let's Have a Look at Those Fluids, Shall We? IronPlanet's Thorough Inspections

Posted by IronPlanet on Oct 13, 2016 4:04:00 PM

Investing hard-earned dollars in heavy equipment is stressful; buying equipment online calls for an especially high level of trust. That's why IronPlanet devotes a great deal of time and energy to training our inspectors and developing detailed reports for the buyer. IronPlanet’s inspection program, including the company’s patented IronClad Assurance®, is built from the ground up to ensure that every inspection meets a high bar of accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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Topics: Heavy Equipment, Cat Auction Services

October 13 is Your Lucky Day at the IronPlanet Auction

Posted by IronPlanet on Oct 12, 2016 2:52:00 PM

This week's auction falls on a date that some think is unlucky - the 13th. 

If you're a 13-phobe, you're in good company; it seems the building industry also buys into the 13 voodoo.Venerable magazine The Atlantic states that more than 80 percent of hi-rise buildings in the United States do not have a 13th floor, and the vast majority of hotels, hospitals and airports avoid using the number for rooms and gates as well.

Now that your 13 fears are validated, here's your opportunity to reverse them: go to IronPlanet's October 13 auction and bid on the Komatsu excavatorscrawler tractors, wheel loaders, and compactors that are available - over 1,500 items inspected and ready for you to purchase.

If your luck still needs a boost, look over the versatile and useful shipping containersPeterbilt, Walmart, and Kenworth trucks, dump trucks, and much more available for you to purchase.

Have no fear - IronPlanet is here to help you stretch your dollar and refresh your fleet during the October 13 auction.

View the October 13 Auction

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Topics: Trucks, Heavy Equipment

Trucking Tuesday - Five Apps Truckers Love, and Lots of Trucks in October 13 Auction

Posted by IronPlanet on Oct 11, 2016 5:00:00 PM

With an outstanding selection of clean, well-maintained trucks from the Walmart fleet as well as Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks available for bid this October 13, it's no wonder IronPlanet staff are thinking about roads. And gas. And weather. And since we are an online auction, we think about technology and how our buyers use it.

Mobile apps have made huge inroads into our everyday lives, and that extends to how work is done. Out on the road, drivers rely on their cell phones to book and bid on loads, check the weather, find gas prices and traffic conditions, and do paperwork. Many apps also help improve drivers' quality of life by connecting them with family and friends as well as streaming audio and video.

Here are five apps for professional truckers, gathered from comments on trucking websites. IronPlanet does NOT receive kickbacks for the apps mentioned in this list. If you have a favorite app, please share your knowledge in the comments below! 

And be sure to review IronPlanet's outstanding selection of trucks, equipment, and more in the in October 13 auction.

View the October 13 Auction

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Topics: Trucks

5 Ways to Contain Yourself at IronPlanet's October 13 Auction

Posted by IronPlanet on Oct 11, 2016 12:36:00 PM

 When the shipping container trend makes news in magazines like Sunset, you know it's hit mainstream status. IronPlanet might have missed the decorative concrete craze, but we're all over this one. The October 13 auction features airtight, watertight containers that are affordable and ready to be repurposed into a shed, tiki bar, playhouse - the list is long.

If your imagination needs a little push, check these projects made from shipping containers. Some are super high-end: stacked, wired, plumbed, and designed into stylish residences with the help of commercial architects and a generous budget:

They definitely went big.


The Yard at Mission Rock in San Francisco near the ballpark is hipster-cool. The container bar sits in a complex that also features a stationery food truck, stands with coffee; ice cream, beer and wine.

The best part about containers, other than when they're tricked out and serving drinks, is that they're: a) available; b) affordable; and c) versatile. Got a notion to build a stand-alone office or deck? Need a place to store your in-law or millennial? Look no further than IronPlanet's October 13 auction featuring shipping containers eager to be repurposed into something beautiful and functional. 

I'm Ready to Buy a Container!

Some of you might still be thinking, "IronPlanet, I am skeptical." We understand that, but we say take a look at the following large, medium, and small ways people are thinking outside the container, so to speak. Bet you'll be inspired to go big.

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Go Big and Go High with IronPlanet's New Partner

Posted by IronPlanet on Oct 11, 2016 10:35:59 AM

Many times a part necessary for aircraft maintenance is readily available . . . except when it isn't. In that event, parts can be made to order when and if the labor and/or tooling is available. The process can translate to costly time on the ground for the craft and anxious pilots and passengers. Now traceable parts are available to purchase online at IronPlanet.

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