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Forklifts and Faux Fur; Burning Man Loves Heavy Machinery

Posted by IronPlanet on Aug 30, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Understandable that Labor Day is IronPlanet's favorite holiday. But while the staff strings colored lights on a forklift while singing "Gramma Got Run Over By a John Deere" and buys gifts at this week's auction, a whole subsection of people are celebrating Labor Day in a spectacular - some might say insane - way.

At this very moment about 70,000 artists, builders, and innovators are making their way to the bolt of sun and hardpan that is Black Rock Playa in Nevada. Burning Man, the annual art laboratory and pop-up metropolis that will completely ghost by this time next week, is taking place as we speak.

Cities don't just happen no matter how fabulous the art is, and that's where Stinky Pirate, Chaos, and the Heavy Machinery camp comes in. Situated right on the main drag, it's a working crew and a theme camp with reach forks, boom lifts, and skid steers; the flame throwers are purely for atmoshpere. 

Here's a great story about Rick Rea, the "mechanical Confucius of the desert" (insert Kung Fu-style bamboo flute sound) who goes to Burning Man every year to make sure the heavy equipment from United Rentals runs smoothly in the harsh, gritty playa. His understanding of machines and their "fixes" is almost mystical. Ether, for example. That's all I'm sayin'.




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There are some great offerings from John Deere this week

2015 John Deere 844K-II Wheel Loader

Enclosed Cab, Air Conditioner, Heater, 138" Wide Spade Nose Bucket, Joystick Steering, Ride Control, Onboard Scale, Rear View Camera, 29.5R25 Tires


2013 John Deere 410ET Articulated Dump Truck

Enclosed Cab, Air Conditioner, Heater, Tailgate, Exhaust Heated Bed, Rear Camera, Retarder, Air Ride Seat, 29.5R25 Tires


2016 John Deere 470G LC Track Excavator

Enclosed Cab, Air Conditioner, Heater, Air Ride Seat, 66” Tooth Bucket, Hydraulic Coupler, 12' 10" Stick, Rear View Camera, 36" Track Shoes, Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel


2013 John Deere 850K LGP Crawler Tractor

Enclosed Cab, Air Conditioner, Heater, 168" Wide PAT Blade, Drawbar, Hydrostatic Drive, 35 1/2" Single Grouser Track Shoes, Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel


All of IronPlanet's auction items are available now to preview, and be sure to read inspection reports.

Looking to finance your equipment? IronPlanet now offers buyers instant financing on equipment purchases with Express, by Currency Capital and financing options from Cat Financial. Instant financing, along with IronPlanet's IronClad Assurance® equipment condition certification is just another way IronPlanet helps its customers to buy online with confidence.


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Topics: Events, Heavy Equipment, Equipment Maintenance

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