Yellow iron spotlight: big excavators with big price tags sold at Ritchie Bros.

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A look at some of the biggest – and biggest ticket – excavators sold in the past 2 years.

A look at some of the biggest – and biggest ticket – excavators sold in the past 2 years.

You'll find them on just about every kind of construction site – from highway construction to building sites. They're excavators – probably the most iconic type of yellow iron in the heavy equipment world, and always an impressive site lined up in one of our yards, booms and buckets resting like the machines are taking a bow.

In the past two years, we've sold more than 21,000 excavators. Here's a look at some (in no particular order) of the biggest – in size and selling price – that have passed through Ritchie Bros. as they're sold to buyers all around the globe.

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2014 Caterpillar 390DL hydraulic excavator – US$670,000

2014 Caterpillar 390DL hydraulic excavator sold at Ritchie Bros.

This 2014 Caterpillar 390DL hydraulic excavator – one of the workhorses sold at our Minneapolis, MN auction in June 2016 – went for US$670,000 and had under 2,000 hours on the meter.

2013 Komatsu PC800LC-8EO – US$495,000

2013 Komatsu PC800LC-8EO excavator sold at a Ritchie Bros. equipment auction.

We sold this 2013 Komatsu PC800LC-8EO hydraulic excavator for $495,000 at our Los Angeles, CA auction in September 2016. The PC800LC-8EO's standard bucket can pick 4.1yd3 of material in a single scoop.

2009 Volvo EC700CL high reach demolition excavator – €332,500

2009 Volvo EC700CL high reach demolition excavator.

Not all excavators are designed for building things up. Built to tear things down, this 2009 Volvo EC700CL high reach demolition excavator sold at our Moerdijk, NLD auction in February 2016 for €332,500 (approx. US$366,250)

Watch this amazing machine in operation in the video below.

2006 Hitachi EX1200-5C – US$470,000

2006 Hitachi EX1200-5C hydraulic excavators sold at Ritchie Bros.

Two of these big 2006 Hitachi EX1200-5C hydraulic excavators sold for US$470,000 each at our Las Vegas, NV auction in November 2015. The EX1200-5C's engine can crank out an amazing 646hp, and with a standard stick and boom can reach more than 43ft.

2014 Doosan DH215-9E long reach marsh buggy excavator – US$112,500

2014 Doosan DH215-9E long reach marsh buggy excavator.

It may not be the biggest, but this 2014 Doosan DH215-9E long reach marsh buggy excavator that sold at our Dubai, ARE auction in February 2017 definitely gets a mention for the size of its tracks. Also known as amphibious excavators, these machines are designed for use in wetlands, swamps and areas where an excavator with low ground pressure is needed – hence the large, wide tracks around pontoons designed to disperse weight.

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