Last Monday, July 3, saw the latest monthly Cambridge Machinery Sales auction take place at the Cheffins Auctioneers’ sale grounds in Sutton, Cambridge (England).
Each monthly sale typically attracts approximately 3,000 lots, including tractors, construction equipment and farm and horticultural machinery. Tractors, plant and machinery offered for sale are consigned from private vendors, dealers (UK and overseas), local authorities and national finance companies.
The Cambridge machinery auction itself recently celebrated 20 years in operation at the Sutton sale ground. Over the past two decades in operation, Cheffins has sold over 70,000 tractors and 600,000 lots; this tally is being added to with every passing month.
Cheffins has over 30,000 registered buyers worldwide, with lots regularly going to Spain, Ireland, Germany, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and North Africa. Over 60% of items are sent for export; over 20% of sales during the past 12 months have been to developing countries.
3,000 lots sold each month
Dating back to the 1940s and initially located in the centre of Cambridge, the sale has expanded from a few tractors and accessories to one of the largest of its type – with approximately 3,000 lots sold each month. Such was the increase, it necessitated the move in 1996 to a purpose-built, 40ac site, which Cheffins now occupies.
On Monday of last week, there was a wide and varied selection of different tractors on offer – classic and modern units. The live ‘drive through’ American-style auction kicked off at 10:00am and wound down at around 2:30pm – with most lots sold on the day. There were plant and machinery auctions taking place on-site simultaneously.
AgriLand was there to sample the atmosphere and jot down the key prices and specifications.
Please note that all of the prices referenced below are in euros. During the sale, prices are displayed on electronic boards in both sterling and euros; the euro price displayed is dependent on the prevailing exchange rate on the day of the auction.
All prices are subject to a ‘buyer’s premium’ of 2%. Prices are also subject to VAT at the local rate.