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Ritchie Bros. to hold ‘massive’ auction in Grande Prairie


GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. – Ritchie Bros. is having what it calls a ‘massive equipment and truck auction’ in Grande Prairie, Alta., with one of the best selections of heavy equipment and trucks ever to be sold in the northern Alberta community.

With more than 2,250 items to be auctioned off, the event takes place March 14-15, and there will be no minimum bids or reserve prices.

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

Some of the highlights of the auction include over 65 excavators, more than 60 dozers, hundreds of trucks and trailers, pipeline equipment and seven portable multi-unit camps, which include two 32-person units, two 31-person units and a 27-, 20- and 18-person unit. There will be three complete dispersals during the two-day auction, with 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, Alta. “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.”

Other auction items of interest include four Caterpillar D8T crawler tractors, a 2014 Kenworth T800 tri-drive vacuum truck and a 2015 Peterbilt 367 20,000 litre tri-drive tank truck.

Bids can be placed in person, online at rbauction.com or by proxy. Call 780-538-1100 for more information.