March 22, 2013
One farmers’ trash turned into another’s treasure at the inaugural Henty Machinery Field Days clearing sale, with even phone boxes snapped up by eager buyers.
Farmers and second hand machinery dealers travelled from across the Riverina and northern Victoria to attend the multi-vendor clearing sale, a joint venture between Henty’s Ag n Vet and the field days co-operative.
The catalogue featured everything from kitchen sinks through to a Coles 16.5 tonne crane and two John Deere 9650 STS headers.
Buyers were reluctant to bid on the larger tractors, headers and boom sprayers but were happy to take home smaller items for the workshop.
Henty farmer Simon Male was both a vendor and buyer, outlaying $50 for a pair of phone boxes which once stood on the field days site.
Mr Male said the phone boxes would be a conversation starter at his annual stud sheep sale.
“I’m going to put them in my sheep yards so on a windy day all my paperwork won’t blow away,’’ he said. “I only had the idea upon seeing them – people will probably say ‘what the hell did you want with a telephone booth.’’ They’re all part of our nation’s history.’’
Mr Male was among almost 20 vendors taking the opportunity to clean out their machinery sheds and make some spare cash. Among the items he sold were a fire tanker, four wheel motorbike and silt scoop.
Berrigan second hand machinery dealer Ian Scott put the floor in the market, buying a trailing sprayer, off set discs and power tools.
“There was some strong selling today and excellent sundry bargains,’’ Mr Scott said.
Auctioneer Mick Broughan said the plant and equipment was well presented and a credit to the vendors.
“After today we could look at least making it a biannual event,’’ he said.
Some of the prices included: Sheep crate – $95, buckrake – $375, sawbench – $300, post hole digger $250, tarpaulins $50-$150, drag chains $10-$50, pencil auger $250, hay rake $3200, off set disc plough $4400, ex-fire tanker $5100, covered feeders $1100, Yamaha four wheel motorbike $3200, heavy duty forks $50, Kawasaki mule with tipping trailer $4100, silt scoop $20, field bin $500, MIG welder $500, mixer wagon with electronic scales $5000, slasher $500, rubber tyred roller $2000.
An Acco-182 six cylinder petrol truck, made in 1966, and with an 18 foot checker plate tray, sold for $1400 while a 25 x 30 feet dismantled shed was bought for $2000.