A VISUAL appraisal of last week's Gethin Farms clearing sale at Moorine Rock would have prompted thoughts of a bonanza for Men's Shed aficionados.
A crowd of about 400 (206 registered buyers), meandered through literally hundreds of sundries lots in a total of 600 but surprisingly the sale grossed $770,000.
The big ticket item, however, was delivered after the sale, after being passed-in on the auctioneer's opening call of $85,000, for a 18.8m (62ft) Horwood Bagshaw PSS Scaribar.
It was later sold to a Harrismith farmer for $120,000.
The sale topper at auction was a Bruce Rock-manufactured B&D tri-axle belly dumper with three CCTV cameras and screen, which was knocked down to an undisclosed buyer for $111,000, after a small bidding war which started at $80,000.
The last lot at the sale, a New Holland TJ425 tractor on triples, with a 24-speed synchro transmission and relatively low hours at 2896 took third place with a winning bid of $97,000.
Bidding started at $75,000 and Bruce Rock farmer Callan Butler found himself a lone hand when he nodded the winning bid.
"I'm not worried at the manual transmission," he said. "It has got plenty of power for what we want."
Good money was also paid for a New Holland SC380 air seeder doubling as a Flexicoil 3850.
After a bite at $40,000 to kick off bidding, the ring was all done at $56,000.
Nearer that mark was a Grizzly 108 plate West Coaster offset disc with a half set of new discs that was knocked down for $52,000 after the price was kicked down to $38,000 to start bidding.
Interestingly a DE Mother seed cleaner with numerous screens was passed-in at the opening bid of $35,000, along with a Kenworth T600 prime mover, which caused barely a foot shuffle at the opening bid of $20,000.
And a seven disc John Deere Mo-Co mower conditioner failed to gain any friends at a $10,000 opener.
But at $19,000, a hand went up for a Caterpillar 920-930 wheeled loader complete with a ripper tine.
An Ashmore Engineering Feedmax hay feed-out trailer went for $16,000, while a tri-axle fuel trailer with enclosed housing for tools, sold for $8900.
A TPW wool press in very good condition sparked bidding to a top of $13,000 while a 42 tonne capacity Brereton field bin in good nick found a home at $12,250.
A Fibre Furn 9000 litre tank with 50mm transfer pump and a Villiers diesel motor was quickly snapped up for $13,000, probably earmarked as a fire-fighting unit while two Landcruiser utes, which seem to go on forever, were quickly snapped up for $7250 (HJ75, 427,000km) and $5100 (HJ47, 331,500km).
The plethora of mouth-watering sundries included a dam scoop ($50), poly pipe ($10-$80 depending on size), guttering and gate $20), assorted steel ($10) and a 40-year-old Gason cab which took $5 out of a collector's pocket.