Aaron Traffas: Hello, this is Aaron Traffas with Purple Wave. We’re conducting a realignment auction for Rogers Tree Service & Construction in Rochester, Minnesota, that will close on October 15. It’s a large package of vehicles, tools and construction equipment and I’m going to visit this morning with Roger Engholm, owner of Rogers Tree Service & Construction. Good morning, Roger, and thanks for joining me.
Roger Engholm: Thank you.
AT: Start by telling me about your company. How long have you been in business and what kind of work have you done?
RE: Well the last 16 years I’ve been doing tree service, construction…
What kind of construction work?
Oh, demolition, decks – things like that.
I see you are based out of Rochester. How far did you travel? Was it just Rochester or did you serve the surrounding area as well?
Pretty much Rochester and the surrounding area.
Roger, this event is billed as a realignment auction for Rogers Tree Service and Construction, which indicates that you’re not going out of business, but rather changing the nature of your business or starting a new enterprise going forward. What are you trying to accomplish with this event?
Well, one, I’d like to get my shop back. I have a lot of rental stuff that I don’t need anymore and a lot of tools and just a lot of miscellaneous – I’m starting into a different business, asphalt business, so figured we’d get rid of a lot of stuff.
You say you’re selling some rental equipment. Did you rent out some of your equipment to others?
No. Actually, I bought out a rental company and so I have a lot of that. A lot of that came from there and it’s taking up all my space in my workshop.
So some of the pieces in this auction are from a rental company?
You mentioned you are starting an asphalt business. Will you be shifting gears exclusively to focus on that or will you continue with the tree service as well?
No, I’ll be doing both.
Well, as we speak I see just over 240 items listed at purplewave.com. Tell me about some of the types of equipment that we’re going to be selling in this event for you.
Oh, there’s lots of trucks, grinders, grapple trucks, dump trucks – some of those trucks – in the winter I wouldn’t have a whole lot of tree service so I would buy a truck and fix it up and paint it all up and make sure it’s working good, like those International dumps and stuff like that. I’d get them all up to par, DOT’d, and then sell them. Keep my guys going for the winter, that’s how I accumulated some of that.
I see. Tell me about some of the marquee items in this auction. Maybe the grapple truck and the grinder.
Yeah. The grapple truck was a recycling truck and it had a different bed on there and there was no grapple on it. We put that all together. I have another grapple so I really don’t need two and it runs out really good. The grinder, I thought it would work for my coloring. I color mulch and it didn’t quite work out for that so I really don’t need that one. It’s a very good unit though, it’s on 12 to 1500 hours or something like that on it. It runs really good.
Tell me about your bucket truck. I see you have some skid loaders here as well.
That bucket truck is one that I did buy and we fixed up and painted up and everything. It’s only got 60,000 miles on it. That’s a very, very good bucket. We had cut off the back end so we could get closer to jobs. If anybody’s in the tree business they’ll understand that if you can get closer to the garage and go up over the garage that’s a real big plus. I think we took off probably two and a half feet and you can see that it’s all done very good. It’s a very strong bucket. It’s got the winch on it and that really comes in handy when you’re taking big limbs over a house or something rather than taking little pieces. Oh, skid loaders – I’ve been using those now for a number of years. They run good. I need a high flow. I have a couple pieces that I bought that take high flow and those are not high flow so I figured if I sell those too I’d get a new machine with high flow.
Have they been well maintained?
Yeah. I mean, we make sure the oils and all that are maintained and so on. Actually, we put fairly new – I mean we bought them brand new – there’s not very many hours on the tracks and the rollers. We put rollers underneath both of them. Those are pretty spendy. One main drive to the JCB, one main track roller, was put on also. They work good, but the looks of them, you know, scratched up and stuff when we go through the woods, you know, with a brush hog, or something, they get scratched up and so on.
Sure. Let’s talk about the auction location. Is everything in one place?
No. It’s actually 2145 Marion Rd. and then Whynaught Court – same place as Interstate Motors. I rent out an area there and that’s where a good part of the stuff is, and then my shop down by Napa on the corner of Marion Rd and Highway 14. I have a big shop there and that’s where all the miscellaneous stuff is.
I see on the website that the location for every item is listed with that item and so there won’t be any question where everything is come the day when the auction closes. We are making it as easy as possible for interested bidders to come and take a look at the equipment by having an open inspection period on Tuesday, October 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and outside of those times anyone interested can make an appointment by emailing email@example.com or calling 507.280.0433.
Roger, after the auction once a buyer has made payment to Purple Wave and has invoice in hand, how are you wanting to handle pick-up and removal. Are you wanting everybody to make an appointment ahead of time?
Yeah, appointment definitely.
Is it easy to get to and access all of those different locations? If I buy something from each of those places and I bring a truck in am I going to be able to get it in fairly easily?
Oh yeah, very easy access.
There are a fair number of pieces – some of the tools and some of the more miscellaneous stuff – that aren’t exactly on wheels. Will you have loading assistance of some kind available?
Yeah, that’s why I need the skid loader. I have a forklift down at the shop. Hopefully I won’t have the skid loaders gone before people need them. I’m sure there’s some way we can load them up.
What kind of removal timeline are you hoping for? When are you wanting everything to be picked up and removed?
Oh, within a week after the auction I would think.
Roger is there anything else you want to mention or say about your auction?
I’ve been speaking with Roger Engholm the owner of Rogers Tree Service and Construction about his realignment auction closing October 15. Thanks again Roger for joining me this morning.
Bidding for the Rogers Tree Service & Construction realignment auction is open now and will close Thursday, October 15, beginning at 10 a.m. If you’re interested in inspecting the equipment before bidding, visit the open inspection on Tuesday, October 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or or call 507.280.0433. Like all Purple Wave auctions, there are no reserves or minimum bids. Items receiving bids in the last few minutes will be automatically extended to give everyone a fair chance to bid. There’s no advantage in waiting, so view the complete inventory and place your bids now at purplewave.com.