Frank's random auction purchases/ daily driver work trucks thread.

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Well. If ya get it, once it's fixed you can try it out down here
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Here's a few winners from an auction company I like to watch regularly. They're called Purple Wave, most of their stuff is out of OK, WY, ND, SD, KS, CO, MS, some southern IL, so you end up with a lot of farm equipment, farm trucks, small town municipalities, stuff that's relatively rust free, etc.

Nothing ever really goes for a "deal" on here especially ANYTHING municipal, but the prices are usually fair and I just really enjoy browsing through the listings. You find some really nice survivors every so often.

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Really considering selling the '06 Silverado and buying one of these as a "beater" if they go cheap enough. They're in Commerce City, CO so it would give me an excuse to go on a nice little trip during the quarantine. Never done a 100% self sufficient vacation, thinking it would be kind of fun to see if I could pack all my own food, drinks, supplies/necessities here and make it there and back without having to set foot in a store, restaurant, etc. Trucks have fuel tanks in them so it would technically only involve one return fuel stop.

Dat western state perfectly black frame still tho...

2012 Ford F350 4x4 Extended-Cab Pickup Truck, 6.7L diesel, Auto, A/C, with tool box, fuel tank w/ pump, (157,934 miles) (Runs and drives, minor body damage) NOTE: This unit is being sold AS IS/WHERE IS via Timed Auction and is located in Commerce City, CO.

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We're trying to get a "supplemental" landscaping company off the ground this spring, which essentially means we will do anything except weekly mowing and clean-up's. Lawn Aeration, power raking, slit seeding, hydroseeding, etc will be the bulk of our services offered, but mainly focusing on aeration.

I feel like there's a market for this sort of thing because a lot of people like mowing their own grass, but fall short on the other services, services that would require them to rent specialized equipment or pay a conventional landscaper a decent chunk of money to come out and do. Since this is what we're focusing on, I'm aiming to keep my prices under the 1.5x multiplier of what an 8-hour rental on said piece of machinery would cost the homeowner. ie. $90/8hr rental, I'm trying to be in the $110-135 range for the service.

Just picked this up this AM, it's a 30" wide, ride on aerator. These units retail used in the $4,000-5,000 range, this one was a steal. They do have limitations, biggest being their size and inability to cope with slopes/culverts, but for large flat areas this thing will be a lifesaver.

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I have, I feel like I would need a shop to work out of for that.

Closest I get to parting trucks is buying ones with lots of extras and stripping them down to bare. The F550 for example, I sold the 4 weather guard boxes that were on top of the service body for $1,200 and the 100 gallon fuel tank with pump for $600 already. Extra $1,800 I wouldn’t have seen back if I sold the truck with them in it.
 

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So with truck sales being non-existent as of late, I've been kinda bored. I kinda wanted to see what I could do, starting with "nothing" but experience and seeing where I could go with it. At first it was to get myself something useful, just ended up turning into seeing how much I could make. I sold the first item on April 10th.

In total disclosure, when I started doing this I had no intention of trying to do anything within "30 days" or to make X amount of money, so I wasn't really in a hurry. I think after I sell the last of what I have left I'll start "fresh" again with an actual deadline and rules to abide by.

Started with a weather guard tool box that came with a truck I bought.

Cost- $0 (technically)
Sold-$400. $350 for the box, $50 for some 1x3 aluminum stock I had laying around I got for free so the guy could mount it in his short bed truck without hitting the wheelwells.

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Purse total- $400

Found a guy one town over selling the same tool box in the polished aluminum finish and a pair of the side boxes. He was asking $350 for it all. Offered $300 since they were missing keys, he accepted. Had keys made for $15.

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Cross box sold on the 14th for $350, side boxes sold a day later for $350.

New purse total - $785

Took that money and found that aerator I posted about above for $750 on the 17th, he was asking $900 and when I tested it there and wasn't quite sure if I liked it, he dropped the price on his own lol. This was the item I intended on using. I used it in my own yard, it was SLOW and tippy on slopes. A walk behind unit is just as fast and takes up half the space on a trailer, so I decided to sell it.

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I posted the aerator on the 19th for $1,900 and my phone lit up. Had two people look at it that day, a verbal agreement for full price from one of them and they came back on the 21st with a trailer and took it home.

Purse total- $1,915

A few days after the aerator sold I went with a friend of mine to Russo Power Equip. in Hainesville to look at a used zero-turn mower for his house. For those that don't know, Russo holds a large used equipment auction twice a year, because of COVID they cancelled their spring auction, and, unbeknownst to me, were selling the used equipment themselves. They had 50+ walk-behind mowers that were trade-in machines. I talked with the salesman about them when we were there, but didn't follow through since we were there to get Jeff a mower.

I ended up going back there last Monday the 27th and bought four walk behinds. They were willing to make deals on the machines they had not yet serviced and listed for sale, which was the majority of them.

$400/each for two of these.

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$400 for this one

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And $500 for this one

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Grand total out the door was $1,830.31 for all four machines with sales tax.

I listed the machines Tuesday the 28th, got over 30 messages. Wednesday AM I sold one of the orange SCAG's for $1,400 and the 36" Bobcat for $1,100 plus $50 to bring it to the buyer after he came to look at it. So I'm at $2,635 right now with two mowers left to sell. The other orange SCAG needed a few parts which I ordered on Thursday, and I have someone coming today for $900 for the green 48" bobcat. All things considered, if I get the parts quickly and sell the other one for $1,500 I should have a new purse total of $5,035 minus parts costs.

I didn't really have a deadline or goal in mind with all of this. Should I cash out once these last mowers are gone, take another tool box I've got sitting here and start again or just keep going with the $5,000?

So yeah, TL;DR I'm bored trying to turn a useless toolbox into a big pay day. I will update this as things happen.
 

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New strategy is to leverage cheap fuel costs and having the time on my hands to search out items in less populated areas that sell in no time in the Chicagoland Suburbs. Searching up near Ft. Atkinson, Madison, Green bay, etc and bringing the stuff down here.

Found this at 8am just south of Madison, Wis yesterday for $750 on Marketplace. Drove there, gave him full price, brought it home washed it, changed oil, oil/fuel/air filters and greased it and sold it at 10pm in the local Woodmans parking lot for $1,750 because I didn't want a guy running a lawn mower in my neighborhood that late lol. If I could have a $950 profit after fuel and oil/filters day every day I'd be very happy lol.

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So I nuked the rear axle in the green ranger lol. It feels/sounds like the equivelant of the welds breaking on a Lincoln Locker lmao. Going to get a parts truck tomorrow that I've actually been buying stuff off of for my white ranger.

I took the mower money and bought three more pieces of equipment at a local auction, those are currently listed. Also stopped and bought a weather guard tool box for $75 on my way home tonight. Listed that and have someone coming tomorrow, I'm asking $400.
 

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Also sold another mower and one of the pieces I got from the auction. I have no idea what the running total of the $0 into $?,??? Game is, I’ll have to sit down and figure it out but we’re in the 5-6k range right now with about $3,000 worth of merch left. It’s getting confusing because I’ve bought stuff 2-3 times over while still selling mowers from the 3rd round of investment.
 

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