Southborough DPW equipment to be sold at public auction on June 30

A collection of surplus equipment from Southborough’s Department of Public Works will hit the auction block later this week. DPW Superintendent Karen Galligan said the equipment, which includes several vehicles and lawn mowers, is no longer used.

Much of the equipment is old and in disrepair, and Galligan said it has little or no trade-in value. She said area towns have found that equipment in this state nets more at public auction than as trade-in.

Galligan said Southborough will have five trucks on the auction block – all in various states of repair. Most of the trucks being auctioned have been replaced on the DPW fleet by a combination of new and hand-me-down equipment. Here is what’s going up for sale:

  • 1979 Mack dump/sander
  • 1983 Mack catch basin truck
  • 1988 GMC utility body truck
  • 1999 F-250 pick-up
  • 2003 F-250 utility body

In addition to the trucks, Galligan said the auction will feature some old small equipment from Southborough, including several 36” walk behind mowers, a 48” ride on mower, a plow, two pressure washers, a dewatering pump, an arrow board, a trailer, and a curb machine and some granite curbing that came from work on Route 9 many years ago.

Galligan said the small equipment put up for auction is either broken or so old that the town can no longer get parts for it.

The public auction – which will also feature items from the Westborough DPW and Police Department – takes place on Saturday, June 30 starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Westborough DPW building at 131 Oak Street. A preview will be held on Friday, June 29 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. at the DPW building. Both are open to the public.

(Thanks to the Community Advocate for tipping me off to this event.)

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11 years ago

I bet the police cars getting traded in for $500 would get more at this event. Wonder if it has ever been a thought.

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