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Top 5 Items in our August 17th Plymouth Meeting, PA Auction

This Saturday, August 17th is our auction near Philadelphia, PA! With over 900 items of inventory, we are sure that you will find the vehicle or piece of equipment you are looking for. Check out our top picks that will be sold to the highest bidder regardless of price in this public absolute auction!
2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid SedanOne happy customer will drive home with this 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid! The Toyota Camry is known for its key attributes of being both durable and reliable. With a 4.5/5 rating on cars.com, this 39 mpg highway hybrid sedan with only 70,628 miles will be a sought after vehicle.
2008 GMC C2500HDIn the market for a clean looking pickup truck? Look no further than this 2008 GMC C2500HD! With a shockingly low mileage of just 43,394 miles, someone is sure to score big at this auction!
2009 Case 580M Series 3This 2009 Case 580M Series 3 Tractor Loader Extendahoe is a must have for any construction site. Dirt doesn’t stand a chance against this earthmover! With only 1,906 hours of use, this item will be crowd pleaser.
2015 Rayco C100R Wood ChipperThis 2015 Rayco C100R forestry mulcher is a great find! This tree care item is the answer if you’re looking for a purpose-built mulcher but need the versatility of rubber tracks. Don’t miss the chance to call it your own!
2013 National 456B CraneThis 2013 National 456B, 10-ton hydraulic crane mounted on a 2013 Volvo VHD flatbed with only 39,240 miles is an essential for getting the job done! It is an essential for a variety of construction, utility and lights and signs projects.
These are just a few of our staff picks in the large upcoming live public auction located in Plymouth Meeting, PA this Saturday, August 17th starting at 8:30 am. Browse our full inventory here. Can’t make it to the auction site? No worries, you can bid live online!

What Is An Absolute Auction?

In today’s marketplace, there are many different types of auctions, and each one has different methods and procedures. Before a buyer or seller engages in any auction, it is important that he or she knows which type of auction they are dealing with. At J.J. Kane, we operate using an absolute auction system. Our auctions are open to the public and take place in both online and on-site locations.

Absolute Auction Characteristics

  • Bidding starts at $0.
  • There is no minimum bid.
  • The item for sale is awarded to the individual with the highest bid.
Absolute auctions are very popular because they are simple yet provide benefits to both buyers and sellers. Due to the lack of a starting price and a minimum bid, these auctions are appealing for buyers looking to get a good deal on the equipment offered. On the other had, sellers enjoy the process of absolute auctions because it allows them to sell their used equipment quickly and easily. It is a win-win scenario to everyone involved, and J.J. Kane hopes to provide an enjoyable absolute auction experience to all of its customers. For more information about our auction process and what to expect please visit our FAQ page.

The Top 5 Items in our August 3rd Shrewsbury, MA Auction

This Saturday, August 3rd is our auction near Boston, MA! With over 500 items of inventory, we are sure that you will find the vehicle or piece of equipment you are looking for. Check out our top items that will be sold to the highest bidder regardless of price in this absolute auction!
2008 Ford F450 4x4 Dump TruckInterested in a dump truck that is will make your life easier and will help transport and haul all of your materials? Be sure to place a bid on this 2008 Ford F450 4X4 Dump Truck that only reads 60,842 miles!
2012 Altec AA755 Bucket TruckClean and pristine, our 2012 Altec AA755 Bucket Truck will go fast! This material-handling bucket truck only reads an impressive 47,230 miles. A valuable piece of Altec’s aerial equipment, these top-of-the-line features are mounted on a lightly-used 2012 Ford F750. Take home this conventional option with you this Saturday.
2014 Dodge W2500HDIf you’re in search of a classic pickup that suits your everyday needs, the 2014 Dodge W2500HD might be the truck for you. This four-wheel drive truck only reads 135,099 miles and has even more life left in it for a lucky bidder.
2009 Bandit Industries 1690 Wood ChipperThis 2009 Bandit Industries 1690 trailer mounted chipper looks like a great find and will surely be a hot seller in this auction! This type of chipper is a staple for most tree care jobs.
2013 Terex PT-30 Skid Steer LoaderGrab this popular skid steer loader that will get the job done with its quick-attach general purpose bucket and auxiliary hydraulics. The 2013 Terex PT-30 will be yet another great option up for bids at our Shrewsbury auction.
This is just a short list of some of the great finds in our Shrewsbury, MA auction this Saturday, August 3rd. Browse the full inventory here.

The Top 5 Items in our July 25 – 26th, Charlotte, NC Auction

This Thursday and Friday, July 25 – 26th is our Charlotte, North Carolina auction that we have been preparing for! We couldn’t be any more excited to see you there and get the equipment you need. Take a look at the following top picks from this week’s auction.
2017 National 437B CraneIn search of a crane with low mileage and convenience? This 2017 National 437B Hydraulic Crane only reads 3,934 miles and is an essential for heavy lifting and smooth transportation.
2012 Condor CTA-1041 Bucket TruckThis articulating and telescopic material handling bucket truck supplies all your wants and more! Our 2012 Condor CTA-1041 Bucket Truck only has 20,493 miles and is in excellent condition.
2016 GMC Yukon XL SLTLooking for a car that checks off all of the boxes? This lightly used 2016 GMC Yukon XL SLT 4X4 SUV is sleek and versatile, plus, it only has 100,362 miles on it.
2007 Kenworth T300The 2007 Kenworth T300 is the ideal truck for mechanics. The service truck includes a Stellar 10628 material crane, an American Eagle SRS-65 hydraulic air compressor and a hose reel.
2013 Argo XTI 8X8 You can blaze trails and cruise the swamps in this exciting 2013 Argo XTI 8×8 Amphibious ATV! This is no doubt one of the coolest items in our Charlotte, NC auction.
All of the above options and more will be up for bidding in just a few days. You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity. Can’t make it to the live auction? You can bid online! Browse all of inventory in this sale here.

The Top 5 Items in our July 20th, South Beloit, IL Auction

With over 400 items in inventory, we can assure you that there is the perfect piece of equipment to fit your needs. Take a look at some of the following top items that will be available!
2002 John Deere 44H One of the most popular items in the South Beloit auction by far will be this 2002 John Deere 44H Articulating Wheel Loader. With just 8,573 miles and 7,722 hours, this lightly-used loader is a must-have purchase.
Altec LP108If you’re looking for an exclusive item, keep an eye out for this Altec LP108 Underground Cable Puller. The impressive 16,000-pound underground cable puller is mounted on a GMC C7500 flatbed utility truck, loaded with specialty features and reliability.
2013 Ditch Witch JT1220This 2013 Ditch Witch JT1220 Mach 1 is full of opportunities. With only 943 hours, this directional boring machine is ready to be put to use. This machinery is ready to tackle all of your underground utility needs.
2004 Grove TMS760ELooking for a quality used crane? This 2004 Grove TMS760E/TMS700E Hydraulic Crane is a game changer for the lights and signs, electric utility, and construction industries. With only 30,636 miles it is expected to go fast on the auction grounds.
2011 Kubota U35S2 Mini ExcavatorInterested in purchasing a mini excavator this auction? With this 2011 Kubota U35S2 Mini Hydraulic Excavator, you’ll be in luck. This leading unit is desirable with its rubber tracks, backfill blade and only 2,909 hours of use.
This is just a short list of all the items that will be up for bidding at this Saturday’s auction. If you haven’t registered, do so on our website to make auction day go seamlessly! You don’t want to miss this.

The Top 5 Items in our July 13th Lansing, MI Auction

Check out these five stand-out items selling in our live auction near Lansing, Michigan on July 13. Regardless of price, every item will be sold to the highest bidder on auction day!
2013 Chevrolet K1500 An all-around classic, this 2013 Chevrolet K1500 is the ideal every-day vehicle. This lightly-used, four-wheel drive pickup truck is a hot item that will be purchased quickly.
Kobleco 135SR Crawler ExcavatorThis Kobelco 135SR Crawler Excavator will be one of the most popular items at our Charlotte auction. This piece of heavy construction equipment can be used in many ways ranging from digging foundations to demolition. Its good condition and many uses makes this one of our most desirable and valuable pieces of machinery.
2013 Vermeer BC1000 Chipper Looking for a gently-used chipper to fit all of your needs in the forestry industry? Be the one to take home this 2013 Vermeer BC1000 chipper with only 371 hours of use!
2014 Dodge Caravan Make sure you check out this spacious Dodge Caravan that is indisputably a great investment. The multifaceted 2014 cargo van has a shockingly low mileage of 63,006 miles.
Altec AM55-MH 60 ft Bucket Truck This Altec AM55-MH, 60 ft, over-center material handling bucket truck is a well-maintained, long-lasting piece of utility equipment!
From the variety of vehicles and equipment offered, we hope it is clear that you just can’t pass up on this auction. Click here to get a sneak peek at what’s to come at this Saturday’s sale site.

The Top 5 Items in our June 29th Philadelphia, PA Auction

Check out these five stand-out items selling in our live auction in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania on June 29. Regardless of price, every item will be sold to the highest bidder on auction day!
2010 Honda Civic This 2010 Honda Civic is a 4-door sedan with a remarkably low mileage of only 26,064! This car is considered lightly used and is sure to fulfill a variety of travel needs.
Altec AC35-127SThis Altec AC35-127S 35-ton hydraulic crane is mounted on a 2007 International Paystar 5600i flatbed truck. With only 24,321 miles, this item is sure to be a hot commodity in this auction.
2014 Kubota Mini Tractor Loader BachkoeThis 2014 Kubota BX25DLB 4×4 Mini Tractor Loader Backhoe only has 98 hours of operation. It is in great condition and can get the job done!
2005 Harley-Davidson FLHPIThis 2005 Harley-Davidson FLHPI motorcycle is one of the most special options available this weekend. With a shockingly low mileage of 20,229, you will want to grab this ride-or-die find while it lasts!
2011 Chevrolet C3500HDThis is a 2011 Chevrolet C3500HD service truck. It is a well-maintained, lightly-used vehicle with only 49,839 miles.
This is only a glimpse of the hundreds of great items for sale in the upcoming auction. You don’t want to miss this! Click here to take a look at other options you’ll see available on June 29.

The Top 5 Items in our June 22nd West Palm Beach, FL Auction

Check out these five stand out items selling in our live auction near West Palm Beach, FL on June 22nd. Regardless of price, every item will be sold to the highest bidder on auction day!
2015 John Deere 650K LGP Crawler TractorThis 2015 John Deere 650K LGP Crawler Tractor is in great condition with only 2,905 hours of use. This piece of construction equipment, more commonly referred to as a bulldozer, is used to push large quantities of soil, sand, rubble or other such material during construction or conversion work. Bulldozers are often used in road building, construction, mining, forestry, land clearing, and infrastructure development.
2012 Ford F250This well-maintained former Duke Energy 2012 Ford F250 pickup truck is in fantastic condition with only 28,181 miles! This particular year and model has an overall rating of 4.7 out of 5.0 stars on Cars.com. Whether for work or personal travel, this truck will be a reliable source of transportation for many years.
2014 Ford Transit Connect Cargo VanThis 2014 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van with 24,478 miles is a compact panel van built on a dedicated commercial vehicle platform. This vehicle is ideal for anyone working in tight spaces or urban areas.
2000 Ford/COAM MH RV Motor HomeThis 2000 Ford/COAM, MH RV Motor Home has 24,392 miles and includes a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. This RV is perfect for any vacationing family or cross-country traveler.
Altec AC38-127S-EJ Hydraulic CraneThis Altec Hydraulic Crane (model AC38-127S-EJ) is built on a 2013 Peterbilt 365 8×6 Tridem Axle and has only 17,542 miles. With a five-section hydraulic boom, this crane enables the operator to reach objects from a greater distance. Featuring a heel winch, man basket, hook block, headache ball and a remote riding console this piece of heavy equipment is conducive to construction sites.

5 Reasons Why Buying A Used Bucket Truck Makes Sense

Many businesses require the use of a bucket truck, but when it comes to the decision of whether to buy new or used bucket trucks, you need to evaluate several points. Let’s review some key considerations when considering buying a new bucket truck versus a used bucket truck.

Considerations: Buy New or Buy a Used Bucket Truck?

Sometimes, buying a new piece of equipment is the right decision, but depending on the frequency of use, availability of good used equipment and ability to find parts, a used equipment may be the right decision. When you buy new equipment, it comes backed with the manufacturer’s warranty. That assurance can be nice to have, in the event something needs repair. Considering the fact that you are buying an expensive item, you may want that assurance. Just remember, it comes at a much higher cost. Most owners assume that new equipment reduces the need (frequency) of equipment repair.  However, a majority of all problems in new equipment are recognized within the first few months and at low mileage. A good used equipment item has already had the initial glitches worked out of it and if it has been maintained well, it can be in excellent working condition!  That used item offers you the chance to get a piece of equipment that will work and make your company money, at a reduced cost versus new equipment. Many governing agencies and the equipment manufacturer instruct the owner on the frequency and nature of inspections as well as levels of maintenance required to own and operate the equipment. When a fleet follows those guidelines and then sells the equipment, a new owner can take advantage of knowing that the equipment was well maintained and may be ready to go right back to work for them. Cost Savings is the key consideration when buying a used bucket truck. You can often buy one that is 7-10 years old at a cost of 50% or less compared to a new bucket truck. If you would like to have a warranty, then consider buying from a used bucket truck dealer. You can find good used items which may (like a new one) be sold with a warranty. As the economy improves, demand for new equipment rises and availability declines.  You may have to wait over a year to receive a new bucket truck, if you order from the manufacturer. Consider your needs and the amount you want to invest in the equipment, and decide if a new bucket truck, a used bucket truck, or even a rental would be best for you. You have lots of options.

The Bottom Line

If saving money is a key goal – buy a used bucket truck or rent a unit.  If you want to consider buying a used unit, our auction process is open and transparent and our consignors offer units for sale every week, across the nation.  Let us help you get the most out of the auction on sale day – download our Buyer’s Guide for tips and answers to commonly asked questions. Have other questions? Contact us; we are glad to help.

5 Tips On Bidding At A Construction Equipment Auction

Bidding at a construction equipment auction is usually done with a simple gesture – a nod, or wave of the hand or catalog.  When an auctioneer sees a person nodding or waving to a friend, their gesture could be interpreted as a bid. Personal expressions like those can result in mistakes, especially at public auction sales. Before you head out to the auction, consider some of the following things about the bidding process:

How to Bid at the Used Construction Equipment Auction

  • Eye Contact- Keeping eye contact with the auctioneer will establish your identity with them. It is important that wherever a person is standing, whether in the front or far in the back, to catch the attention of the auctioneer so when the time comes to actually place your bid on a particular item, the auctioneer is aware of you and your desire to bid, and that the auctioneer is able to easily acknowledge your bid.
  • Stay Connected – Once the event begins, and identity has been established with the bidder and the auctioneer or ringman (ringmen help the auctioneer accept bids from people the auctioneer cannot not see), it is important to maintain that connection. This way communication can continue by using a hand gesture or the raising of a bidding catalog; the auctioneer will return to bidder who have engaged with him, as bids increases. All that needs to be done is use that same gesture to place your bids.
  • Bidding Timing – It is not always known when to enter a bid because placing an offer too late or too early can narrow the chances of winning. The best time to make an initial offer is about midway through used heavy construction equipment auction which allows adequate time to follow the process while deciding whether to quit or continue to pursue an item. In a situation where you have any doubt about purchasing a unit, it is best not to participate from the beginning, especially if a large number of participants are interested in that same item.
  • Quitting Timing – Often participants feel pressure to continue bidding when an auctioneer keeps coming back to them and yet have reached a maximum budget. The best way to handle this is with a negative head shake and signal to the auctioneer of no longer wanting to participate and dropping out of bidding on that particular item.  When you reach your maximum bid about- stop bidding.
  • Be Sharp – In almost every case, a quick decision must be made in this unique type of sales venue. Bidding moves at a very rapid pace and spontaneous decisions must be made. Knowing ahead of time the degree of interest in a particular item as well as the budget for such a purchase will tend to make a spontaneous bidding decision much more accurate. It is certain that the auctioneer is not going to stop the bidding process for an individual participant to make up their mind.
Considering these tips about the auction bidding process can help you have a fun and productive day at the auction. Keys to remember – be prepared and be sharp!

Want to Learn More About Bidding At Auctions?

Download our Buyer’s Guide for tips and suggestions, as well as answers to commonly asked questions. Feel free to contact us and we will help answer your questions. Bidding and buying the items in at J.J. Kane auctions is easy, and our auction process is open and transparent.  Let us help you get the most out of the auction on sale day.
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