MORE than 4000 lots of plant, machinery and equipment were forward at Thainstone, last week, attracting nearly 3000 buyers and sellers and a top price of £44,500.

With an outstanding 85% of all lots sold, the top-selling item came from the tractor and plant section for a 2013 Volvo EW160 excavator, closely followed by a five-year-old JCB 3CX digger, which made £31,400.

Two more JCB machines achieved notable prices, with a 2013 526-56 realising £27,800 and a 2010 3CX selling for £24,500.

In the light commercials and 4x4 class, trade reached £10,800 for a 2011 Land Rover Discovery GS SDV6, followed by a Land Rover Defender 110 cherry picker, which achieved £10,200. Other notable prices in this section include a 2008 Mitsubishi Shogun 4 Work Di-DSWB which was purchased for £6000 and a 2012 VW Transporter T32 140 TDi LWB that realised £6000.

The heavy commercials section saw a 2010 Mercedes Axor 3235 achieve the top price of £17,800 and two 2008 Volvo FM400 8x4s realise £11,800, followed by another 2008 Volvo FM400 8x4 that sold for £8200.

In the trailers, caravans and containers section, a Fruehauf Bulker trailer sold for £6000, while a Krone 3200 mower made £9900.

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 80 registered buyers joined the sale remotely via i-bidder from the UK, Ireland, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, and New Zealand and 21 of those bidders successfully purchased items online, with the highest-priced item being the 2013 JCB 3CX digger in the tractor and plant class, which realised £31,400


Tractor and plant – 2013 Volvo EW160 £44,500; 2013 JCB 3CX digger £31,400; 2013 JCB 526-56 £27,800;

2010 JCB 3CX £24,500.

Light commercials and 4x4s – 2011 Land Rover Discovery GS SDV6 auto £10,800; 2008 Land Rover Defender 110 cherry picker £10,200; 2008 Mitsubishi Shogun 4 Work Di-D SWB £6000; 2012 VW Transporter T32 140 TDi LWB £6000.

Heavy commercials – 2010 Mercedes Axor 3235 £17,800; 2008 Volvo FM400 8x4 tipper £11,800;

2008 Volvo FM400 8x4 tipper £11,800; 2008 Volvo FM400 8x4 £8200.

Trailers, caravans and containers – Fruehauf Bulker trailer £6000; 2008 Eldiss Odyssey 544 caravan £5000;

Quasar Luna 615 caravan £3800; Bailey Senator caravan £2800.

Farm machinery and equipment – Krone 3200 mower £9900; Marshall 14T trailer £7000; John Deere 578 baler £6000; Amazone fert spreader £5200.

Auctioneers: Aberdeen and Northern Marts