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IronPlanet hosts Big Spring Auction on March 22 – 23

Posted by IronPlanet on Mar 14, 2018 1:37:29 PM

We sell hundreds of items every Thursday through our weekly online auctions, but next week’s auction is a special two-day event, with 1,700+ items from 45 U.S. states and nine Canadian provinces.

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Ritchie Bros. acquires collector car auctioneer Leake Auction Company.

Posted by IronPlanet on Feb 20, 2018 8:46:02 AM

Known as an industry-leader when it comes to heavy equipment auctions, Ritchie Bros. is hitting the gas in the collector car auction world. Leake Auction Company, an Oklahoma-based collector car auctioneer established in 1972, is joining the Ritchie Bros. family.

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IronPlanet in Orlando – massive Ritchie Bros. auction this week

Posted by IronPlanet on Feb 18, 2018 12:20:27 PM

More than 12,800 equipment items and trucks will be sold this week (February 19 – 24) in Orlando, FL—the most items Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers has ever sold in a single auction, and IronPlanet is here to partake in the festivities. In fact, all the Ritchie Bros. brands are here for the big event: GovPlanet, TruckPlanet, Kruse Energy Auctioneers, SalvageSale, Leake Auction Company, Mascus, and our newly launched Marketplace-E.

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Topics: Auctions, social media, Orlando

Equipment inspection tips: farm tractors

Posted by IronPlanet on Feb 5, 2018 10:39:29 AM

When it comes to buying a farm tractor, farmers know what they need - whether it's a 4WD tractor, a MFWD tractor, or a tracked tractor with a specific number of hydraulic outlets to run a scraper, air drill or other farm attachments.

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Topics: machines, Inspections, farmland

Spared from the scrap heap, historic Caterpillar tractor pushes on

Posted by Jason Keller on Jan 15, 2018 10:49:07 AM

All IronPlanet’s John Kearns knew when he first laid eyes on a mysterious Caterpillar tractor was that it came from Antarctica and that it was destined for the scrap heap.


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Topics: Government Surplus, ironplanet, military

Equipment inspection tips: loader backhoes

Posted by IronPlanet on Dec 14, 2017 11:08:24 AM

Looking for a truly multi-purpose piece of heavy equipment for your next project? The loader backhoe, a melding of tractor, excavator and loader, is considered by some to be the Swiss army knife of heavy equipment. It can dig, back-fill, handle material and, with the right attachments, carry out even more tasks. Loader backhoes are compact and versatile enough for everything from construction and demolition to landscaping and road building.

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Topics: Construction, Equipment Maintenance, Inspections, 2017

Ritchie Bros.’ GovPlanet expands relationship with U.S. Department of Defense.

Posted by IronPlanet on Dec 6, 2017 8:57:19 AM

Company declared apparent high bidders for Defense Logistics Agency non-rolling stock contracts.

For the past three years, Ritchie Bros.’ GovPlanet marketplace has been helping the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) sell thousands of its surplus rolling stock assets. Now Ritchie Bros. is expanding its relationship with the government agency, after being declared apparent high bidder for two new contracts with the DLA, to purchase, manage and sell non-rolling stock surplus assets for both its East and West regions. The contract has a base term of two years with four one-year renewal options.

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IronPlanet to conduct retirement auction for 41-year-old New Jersey construction company

Posted by IronPlanet on Dec 1, 2017 11:56:26 AM

 Ray Mullen opened his construction business 41 years ago in Northern New Jersey. Shortly after the company opened, the county where his company was located experienced a housing boom and his company boomed along with it. Specializing in site work, road construction, sewer, watermain and storm drain installation, as well as curbing and paving, D.R. Mullen Construction Company Inc. was busy, growing to 35 employees.

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Topics: Auctions, Construction, 2017

It’s that time again: make Section 179 work for you and save thousands by financing equipment

Posted by IronPlanet on Nov 23, 2017 10:47:27 AM

If you’re American and you purchase trucks or equipment for your U.S.-based business, you might know about a U.S. tax deduction called Section 179. It’s been approved for the 2017 tax year and now eligible to use, but figuring how to take advantage of Section 179 can be dizzyingly complex unless you’re a professional accountant.

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Topics: Heavy Equipment, Finance, 2017

Inspection tips: five things to look for when buying a used motor grader.

Posted by IronPlanet on Nov 13, 2017 8:30:00 AM

A wide variety of motor graders are bought and sold online at IronPlanet and at Ritchie Bros. onsite auctions each year. If you’re planning to buy a used motor grader, make sure your inspection list includes a thorough look at these five motor grader components.

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Topics: Construction, Inspections, ironplanet, 2017

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