Some £29m changed hands at the two-day administration sale of Hawk Plant UK Ltd which featured more than 2000 lots of construction and agricultural machinery and equipment, sold through Euro Auctions.

Despite storm Gareth, and 75mph winds, huge crowds turned out to be part of the long awaited disposal auction from Hawk Plant Hire which went into administration earlier in 2019, making gross takings of £28,967,840.

The event provided an opportunity to see a large compliment of well maintained machinery go under the hammer, in addition to one of the largest collection of John Deere tractors and agricultural machinery to be auctioned in the UK.

As a result, there was a huge interest not only from the UK, but also from throughout Europe and further afield.

The first day saw the agricultural machinery and light equipment sale at the Hawk Depot at Prees Green, Shropshire, with the second day featuring the sale of heavy equipment at Sandford Industrial Park in Whitchurch.

Some of the highlights included a compliment of 2016, 2017 and 2018 agricultural machinery lots, many of which were still under warranty. These included no fewer than 130 agricultural tractors, predominantly John Deere, many still under warranty; 80 agricultural trailers of various makes, 236 water bowsers, from 757ltrs to 7570ltrs, 100+ miscellaneous pieces of farming machinery and 70+ telehandlers, predominantly JCB

The main inventory also comprised a good compliment of mixed plant including: crushers, rollers, wheeled loaders and excavators, dozers, spares, buckets, small tools, and other popular machinery, all well maintained and again, many under warranty.

David Betts, for Euro Auctions, said: “The number of registrations for this sale and the bidders who turned up on the day of both sales was extraordinary, almost unprecedented.

"This sale had mass appeal in the agricultural, plant and machinery sectors. Prices were strong, and bidding was fierce. However, it was the quality of machinery on offer that attracted an educated crowd. The 130 John Deere tractors were a crowd stopper, with many of the newer machines having less than 200 hours on the clock and many exceeding our estimations, showing the strength of the market.”

LEADING prices

Tractors – £109,000 2016 John Deere 8370R 4wd; £104,000 2016 John Deere 7310R 4wd; £87,500 2016 John Deere 7290R 4wd; £97,000 2016 John Deere 7290R 4wd; £86,000 2016 John Deere 6215R 4wd; £93,000 2016 John Deere 6215R 4wd; £90,000 2016 John Deere 6215R 4wd; £89,000 2016 John Deere 6215R 4wd; £77,000 John Deere 6195R 4wd; £78,000 2016 John Deere 6155R 4wd; £38,000 2014 Case Puma 215 4wd; £30,000 2011 New Holland T6050 4wd.

Plant equipment – £82,500 2017 Komatsu PC210LC-10; £61,000 2018 JCB 540-140 HI VIZ turbo powershift telehandler; £80,000 2017 Komatsu HB215LC-2 hybrid; £65,000 2015 CAT M313D wheeled excavator; £77,000 2015 CAT M314F wheeled excavator; £18,000 2017 CAT 301.4C;

£11,000 2016 Yanmar SV16; £10,250 2017 Yanmar SV08-1A; £170.000 2013 Powerscreen 1000 Matrix tracked cone crusher; £177,500 2016 CAT 730C2EJ 6x6 articulated ejector; £125,000 2014 Komatsu HM400-3 6x6 articulated dumptruck.