Brisbane auction offers a lifetime’s collection of equipment

A lifetime’s collection of massive heavy equipment will be sold in Brisbane this week.

Ritchie Bros will auction an entire inventory and fleet of more than 400 items for Darwin’s leading civil contracting, earthmoving, plant hire and transport business, Mark Cundall Earthmoving.

Retiring owner Mark Cundall said the industry had changed enormously since he started out 40 years ago.

“The equipment today is smarter, safer and more reliable. The industry itself is busy and vibrant with opportunities for big and small operators,” Cundall said.

Cundall’s unique collection would be among more than 1100 lots on offer at Ritchie Bros unreserved heavy equipment auction — with no minimum bids — at Yatala this Thursday.

Ritchie Bros APAC Sales Director Finlay Massey said the Top End consignment was attracting keen interest.

“Mark is a highly experienced and well-respected operator in the civil construction and transport industry and it is a real privilege to sell this diverse collection of equipment on his behalf,” Massey said.

“The fleet is well maintained and from a trusted long-term operator; it’s already had a lot of interest from buyers both nationally and internationally.”

Cundall said he would be on site for the sale and watching with interest. “The great thing about working with Ritchie Bros is that they attract such a diverse range of buyers,” he said.

“I’d really like to see some of the equipment go to small operators, so they can take advantage of opportunities in the current market,” he said.

Ritchie Bros. was expecting intense competition at the auction, with second-hand equipment in short supply but high demand.

“The Brisbane auction list includes excavators, trucks, tractors, crushers, trailers, loaders and so much more… even Landcruisers!” Massey said.

“We are continuing to see strong demand for quality second-hand equipment, as buyers need to replace ageing fleets and invest in additional gear in response to improved market conditions, particularly in the construction, transport and mining sectors.”

About 1500 bidders were expected at Yatala with hundreds more bidding online from a range of industries.

Cundall said he was looking forward to retirement in Tasmania. “I’ve had a great career and worked with some wonderful clients and staff, but it’s time to move on,” he said. “I’m already enjoying the sea change.”

Ritchie Bros Brisbane auction
When: From 8am, Thursday March 1
Where: 1-57 Burnside Road, Yatala QLD (and online)
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