This Christmas, if you don’t think you’re getting the things you really want, the big boy toys are coming up for bid.
The South Carolina Forestry Commission has posted nearly thirty vehicles for auction that are officially retired from the agency operations which includes big rigs, flat-beds, bulldozers, pick-ups and plows, just to name a few.
South Carolina Forestry Commission spokesman Scott Hawkins:
While we’re not doing exchanges on bad ties or that pair of socks you don’t want, the bidding will continue at govdeals.com on some retired heavy equipment from the Forestry Commission.
Hawkins says there are a number of businesses and private land-owners who would benefit by owning the equipment.
Folks who have use for tractor-trailer rigs, big flat-bed trailers, bulldozers with blades, you know, the kind of equipment we use every day… it could be construction firms, private landowners who want to plow their own fire breaks to protect their forest….
Hawkins says it’s easy to see what’s up for bid.
You simply have to have Internet access and visit a website that is called www.govdeals.com . When that comes up, you’ll see all sorts of categories. The easiest thing to do is type in ‘South Carolina’ into the search field, and then you’ll see all sorts of Forestry Commission equipment listed.
Hawkins says that bidders will have a time to see the equipment first hand….
We’re going to have two inspection days, January 10 and 11, here at the Forestry Commission headquarters and we’re at 5500 Broad River Road here in Columbia. Come on either of those days during normal business hours and you’ll be able to inspect the equipment and you’ll still have a few more days to bid on it if indeed you decide you can use it.
The agency hopes to make $200,000 off the inventory and selling off the old equipment may help with the purchase of new.
Some of the emergency response vehicles date back to the 1970s and 1980s since recent cuts in funding have required the agency to hang on to the equipment longer than usual.
The website to view the equipment and see the bids is www.govdeals.com and type in South Carolina under search.