Strong prices achieved at Thainstone’s collective sale of plant, machinery and equipment


Thainstone Centre welcomed over 2,000 buyers and sellers on Saturday 18th August for its sixth collective sale of plant, machinery and equipment of 2018. More than 3,300 lots were entered, and 80% of all lots sold on-site and online, with strong demand and prices achieved across all categories.
Mark Barrack, Head of Thainstone Specialist Auctions, said: “We are pleased with the success of the auction and prices achieved on the day. The sale saw a significant increase of more than 50% of lots entered compared to last year’s event in August, and demand was strong across all sections. There is a large number of buyers looking to purchase leading brands of machinery and equipment, including JCB, Case, John Deere, Massey Ferguson, Ford, Land Rover, Mercedes Benz, Vauxhall, Volkswagen, DAF, Iveco, MAN and Scania.
“Since the first sale in 1991, the event has grown significantly and established itself as the largest collective plant, machinery and equipment sale in Scotland, which regularly attracts a wide range of buyers and sellers from across the UK and Europe. This success comes as a result of the hard work of our highly skilled and professional staff, loyal customers, the power of the auction system which achieves true value of goods, and the good quality, second-hand equipment entries available at our sales.
John Angus, Head of Livestock at Aberdeen & Northern Marts, said: “The harvest season is well underway, and we anticipate another strong sale in September, with buyers looking to purchase a variety of farm machinery and equipment ahead of winter. We look forward to welcoming everyone to Thainstone Centre on Saturday 22nd September.”
In the tractor and plant category, a 2014 JCB 3CX digger achieved the sale’s highest price of £34,000, followed by £28,000 for a 2012 JCB 540-170 telescopic handler, £24,500 for a 2015 Caterpillar TH414 telescopic handler, and £21,800 for a 2006 JCB Fastrac 3220 Plus.
The heavy commercials section was topped by a bespoke entry from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, a 2006 Mercedes Axor 1,840 with a mobile response unit which realised £15,500. The next highest price of £12,500 was paid for a 2007 Scania R620 6X2 tractor unit, followed by £10,800 achieved for a 2008 Iveco Trakker 8x4 tipper with hi-ab, and £9,400 for a 2006 DAF CF85 – 340 8X4 tipper.
A 2014 Audi Q5 2.0 TDi Quattro S-line achieved the highest price of £12,000 in the light commercials and 4x4s category. The section’s second notable price of £9,700 came from a 2015 Volkswagen Transporter 2.0 TDi T32 panel van, followed by £9,000 for a 2014 Ford Ranger 3.2 TDCi Wildtrak, and £8,100 for a 2015 Ford Transit 350 2.2 TDCi.
The trailer, caravans and containers section saw prices reach £3,000 for a Picton Royale powerboat and trailer, £2,500 for an Eldiss 5-berth caravan, £2,200 for an Ifor Williams tipping trailer, and £1,880 for a Brian James car transporter trailer.
A K two 10 tonne muckspreader achieved the top price of £12,000 in the farm, machinery and equipment category, followed by a notable price of £9,100 for a Bailey 10 tonne trailer, £8,900 for a 24’ cattle float with a trailer and £6,000 for a McCauley 14 tonne dump cart.
The live and online event, hosted by the Thainstone Specialist Auctions and Aberdeen & Northern Marts team, is held eight times per year at Thainstone Centre, Scotland’s premier auction centre. The sale is well-attended by both on-site and online buyers and sellers, with buyers from across Europe making substantial purchases through the sales online platform, i-bidder. More than 90 registered buyers joined the sale remotely via i-bidder from the UK, Ireland, Slovenia, South Africa and Romania, with 26 bidders successfully purchasing 65 lots online.

The next plant, machinery and equipment sale is scheduled for Saturday 22nd September 2018 from 9am at Thainstone Centre, Inverurie. Consignors are encouraged to submit their entries as soon as possible to receive maximum exposure to potential buyers.
Top Prices
Tractor and plant
2014 JCB 3CX digger £34,000
2012 JCB 540-170 telescopic handler £28,000
2015 Caterpillar TH414 telescopic handler £24,500
2006 JCB Fastrac 3220 plus £21,800
Light commercials and 4x4s 
2014 Audi Q5 2.0TDi Quattro S-line £12,000
2015 Volkswagen Transporter 2.0TDi T32 panel van £9,700
2014 Ford Ranger 3.2 TDCi Wildtrak £9,000
2015 Ford Transit 350 2.2 TDCi £8,100
Heavy commercials
2006 MercedesAxor 1,840 with a mobile response unit £15,500
2007 Scania R620 6x2 tractor unit £12,500
2008 Iveco Trakker 8x4 tipper c/w Hi-Ab £10,800
2006 DAF CF85 – 340 8x4 tipper £9,400
Trailers, caravans and containers
Picton Royale powerboat and trailer £3,000
Eldiss 5-berth caravan £2,500
Ifor Williams tipping trailer £2,200
Brian James car transporter trailer £1,880
Farm Machinery and Equipment
K Two 10-tonne muckspreader £12,000
Bailey 10-tonne trailer £9,100
24’ cattle float with trailer £8,900
McCauley 14-tonne dump cart £6,600