Auctioneers Swap Retired Equipment for Cash. Taxpayers win.
Alliance Auctioneers hosted a heavy equipment and vehicle auction this past Saturday. Erath County Commissioners consigned retired and surplus equipment that was sold to the highest bidder. A few notable items include: a 2000 CAT 345BL Excavator for $49,000, a CAT 953C Track Loader for $39,000, a 2014 CAT 272D Skid Steer for $34,100 and a 1992 HUMVEE brought $16,500. We would like to thank the 311 registered bidders from 12 states and three countries that participated in the auction and Erath County for allowing us to work for them.
The Alliance team builds redundancies and what-ifs into all major components of our auctions. It is never fun to actually have an occasion to engage those plans. While our mobile office trailer generator had recently been serviced and had run like a top Wednesday – Friday it let us know on Saturday morning that it really wanted to stay in bed. Somehow, something had drained the battery overnight. No big deal, a quick boost off with a pick-up and we were off and running – so we thought. The battery was so weak that when certain printers would get ready to print it would kill the generator. Again, no problem we called in a back-up generator and were up and running with full functionality right before auction time.
Once the auction started we realized that our cell service providers signal had gone from four bars all week to one bar and slow if any data service at the location. Once again, we enacted our back-up plan and hard wired into the neighboring business’ internet and relayed the bid information from the computer to the sound truck.
It seemed everything that could go wrong mechanically did. However, our team functioned with a high degree of professionalism and a “Get it done attitude”. This attitude and teamwork allowed us to achieve much better than average prices for the equipment on hand.
Thanks again for all who participated and thanks to a great Alliance Team effort! On to the next auction…
There was some great news. Along with our friends from Lone Star Ag Credit we were able to raise nearly $1,000 for Backpack Buddies. Backpack Buddies sends meals home with school children over the weekend that might not have a meal otherwise. Alliance is proud to support our community and the many deserving charity and benefit events that make our city a great place to live.