IT was a successful first up effort by recently appointed Elders Williams branch manager Shane Medlen, who last week held his first clearing sale for vendors HB & RM Fowler (Bayley Springs).
With experienced auctioneer Dean Hubbard calling, and several Elders staff from surrounding branches assisting, the sale provided a fillip for Shane’s maiden clearing sale.
With 221 registered bidders and a crowd exceeding 500, the sale saw a New Holland CR8090, with 460 rotor and 550 engine hours on the dial, top the sale at $400,000.
Mt Barker buyer Trevor Ellison purchased the unit by negotiation with the vendor after it was passed-in at $390,000 during the auction.
A NH T7060, likewise passed-in, was also sold after the sale after bidding stalled at $110,000 during the auction.
There was no such problem selling a NH T8050 tractor with duals which attracted an opening bid of $120,000, jumping to $130,000 in four bids of $2500 before being knocked down for $143,000.
Two bidders engaged in a protracted bidding duel before a JCB telehandler with bucket attachment went for $78,000 to Holmbush Springs, Hyden.
Also in the market for a handler, KR & EM Contractors, Williams, picked up a Sanderson Teleporter with FEL and hay forks for $5500 after seeing off the opening bid of $5000.
A 24m3 Bredal spreader, in excellent condition, attracted 15 bids before being knocked down for $59,000 to an undisclosed buyer who also took home a 24.4m (80ft) Brandt auger for $14,500 and continued the buying spree, purchasing a set of mobile field bins ranging between $11,000 and $12,250.
This purchaser also picked up an unlicensed Acco truck with 15,500 litre tank for $10,100, a Chamberlain 4080B for $10,500 as well as an unlicensed Nissan Patrol ute for $900 and three-axle trailer for $2000.
A Wongan Steel chaser bin, in good condition, went for $29,600 to Yuelup Farm and a 5-in-1 bin, at the fall of the hammer, made $14,000.
An older Chamberlain 922B front-end loader also made good money for the vendor selling for $10,500.
A JD 4230 front-end loader was snapped up by Spearwood Wools for $8500 to end the line of older loaders on offer.
Two buyers duelled for a 24m Hydraboom boomsprayer starting with an opening bid of $15,000 followed by quickfire $500 bids which moved the price to $26,000 before it was knocked down.
The range of tillage equipment on offer met with mixed interest with a Gason bar and box failing to attract a bid when offered as a set.
The units likewise failed to attract bids, when offered separately, subsequently being passed-in.
Tillage equipment that did sell included a Phillips Rollerdown pick-up which made $6000 and a Macdon 3000 swather front ($1000).
A Flexi-Coil 75 roller packer was picked up by EF Smart Pty Ltd for $12,500 with a Holtfreters 12m (40ft) heavy roller going for $7000 to Michael Farms.
A range of farm vehicles were easily sold with a licensed Holden Rodeo 4WD ute with stock crate making $8500, a licensed Mitsubishi FK415 truck with tipper knocked down for $2500, while a Volvo F88, used at Bayley Springs as a farm truck, went with a single bid of $1000 to Andy Wilson Truck Spares.
Feedlot feeders were in demand with 24 offered as pairs and singles with an eight tonne Sherwell round feeder topping $1500 when purchased by RM & MD Cowcher, Williams.
Sheep handling equipment on offer included a Gallagher Sheep Auto Drafter topping at $6000 and a TPW wool press making $4500.
A 750 litre fuel trailer and a number of overhead fuel tanks attracted buyer support realising from $175 for the tanks, with the trailer making $900, purchased by Westacre Farm, Kojonup.
Eight concrete fertiliser dividers were knocked down for $200 each and were snapped up by Welldon Beef.
Two hay forks realised $350 and $800 while three augers made from $2600 to a top of $3600 going to three separate buyers.
A fire-fighting unit with Honda GX160 motor reached $900 going to M Carne & Co.
Vendor Brett Fowler, at the conclusion of the sale, expressed his delight with the result and the effort that Shane Medlen and the whole Elders team had put into making the day a resounding success.