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Thainstone machinery sales make a welcome return via live online platform

By David Porter

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While it’s not business as usual, Inverurie based Thainstone Specialist Auctions welcomed a return to a near normal service, and were delighted to conduct an online only live sale of plant, equipment, machinery, and commercial vehicles, at Thainstone Centre on Wednesday.

Top selling item was a Massy 7726 Dyno VT which sold for £60,000.
Top selling item was a Massy 7726 Dyno VT which sold for £60,000.

Access restrictions imposed by government to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 meant that no buyers were present on site during the sale however, over 530 registered to take part via TSA’s online sales platform.

The live auction, split in to two sections with auctioneers running the sections concurrently, featured an entry of more than 440 lots and resulted in 355 lots selling – a 80.6 per cent success rate.

Mark Barrack, Head of Thainstone Specialist Auctions, said: “The live online auction ensured that customers continued to benefit from the competitiveness and transparency that only selling using the auction process can provide.

"The sales format and structure followed that of our “normal” machinery sales with the introduction of additional safety measures and procedures following government Covid-19 guidelines.

“As a result trade was very good, strong prices were achieved with all vehicles and equipment reaching excellent trade with enthusiastic bidding on all lots, clearly demonstrating that there is a ready market for these types of goods.

“We’ve had to cancel our sales since March due to the pandemic, so as you can imagine we were thrilled to be able to get stuck into this sale and enhance our online bidding experience for those watching at home.

"The team did an excellent job setting up the event, facilitating the auction and delivered a professional service.

“Looking ahead, we will be hosting regular online sales and are planning to gradually return to our regular sales agenda over the coming months.

"We are looking forward to welcoming visitors back to the Thainstone Centre when it is safe and appropriate to do so, however in the meantime we continue to encourage online participation”

The top selling lot included a Massey Ferguson 7726 Dyno VT Four Wheel Drive Tractor which sold for £60,000, followed jointly by a New Holland T7-185 Four Wheel Drive Tractor and a Manitou MLA 630-125PS Telescopic Handler which both sold for £29,500 all in the tractors and handlers category.

The light commercial and 4x4 vehicles category saw a 2015 Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian Double Cab Pickup sell for £9600 and a 2018 Renault Kangoo L121 Business +Edition Van go for £8800. The trailers and containers category was topped by a £3400 Fruehauf Tri axle Aggregate Trailer, and a 2015 Daf CF300 FAT 6x4 Tipper went for £27,500 in the lorries section.

The implements category saw a Vaderstad CR240 Carrier sell for £13,200 and the Small Plant & RTV’s category had a Genie Z45/25 Access Boom achieve £5800.

The next online auction will take place on Wednesday, July 8 from 9am.

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