Construction equipment glut in US

By Mike Hayes20 September 2016

Caterpillar’s new 330D2 L hydraulic excavator, with a maximum 
operating weight of 30,305 kg

Caterpillar’s new 330D2 L hydraulic excavator, with a maximum operating weight of 30,305 kg

A report in The Wall Street Journal has highlighted the growing glut of secondhand construction equipment on the US market.

The used equipment, it says, is having a damaging and potentially long-term effect on sales for manufacturers such as Caterpillar, John Deere and Volvo.

With the price of used machinery down 10% on last year, Caterpillar says its dealers are being put under pressure to offer hefty discounts.

Along with this downward pressure, the rental market is booming, with around half of new equipment sales currently going to rental businesses – a number which some believe could rise to 60% in the next five years.

Contractors are also turning to leasing new equipment. Frank Fowler, senior VP of used equipment at Caterpillar dealer Ring Power, said, "A guy can lease a machine for a year or two and pay as little as one-third of what he could get it for as a rental.”

The report concludes that, with leasing on the rise, competition for new models could grow, ultimately increasing the glut in the used equipment market.

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