14 years ago
I met a guy who claims to be a machinery trader yesterday while I was
looking for some JCB parts. I don't believe him, though. I think he's
effectively a scrap dealer. He showed me a Mark I JCB 3C which he bought
last week for £800. A nice machine which has clearly been looked after.
The cab was a bit tatty, but that was the only major problem it had. Ran
really well. He says he's going to scrap it so that he can get just over
£1000. I feel this is obscenely wasteful.
If I was a bit richer, I'd buy the machine to save it, but I already
have a rarer Fordson-based 3C, and I can only cope with one battle at a
time. He also told me that he'd recently scrapped a JCB 4D. That is
tragic, as the 4D is probably the rarest and most impressive JCB ever
made. If I had visited when the 4D was in his yard, I don't think I'd
have been able to resist buying it.
I guess you can blame China to some extent for driving up scrap metal
prices (for some light-hearted mockery of China, take a look at this:
. But the brunt of the
blame lies with scrap dealers who take advantage of generous sellers and
feel no guilt about scrapping good machines just to make a modest
profit. I'm not saying I'm against people making money. I'm just against
people making money through unacceptably wasteful and destructive means.
It's not just one guy either. There are plenty of these guys out there
destroying our industrial heritage. In my view, their behaviour is
wholly unacceptable, on a level with that of pimps and loan sharks. It's
a pity that there isn't a law which prevents this kind of thing.
If anyone in the Shropshire/Cheshire/North Wales area wants a Mark I JCB
3C (or the Nuffield engine, which is a great runner), drop me an e-mail
(cdt22 AT cantabgold DOT net) and I'll give you the guy's number. You'll
need to be quick, though, as he says he's scrapping it on Monday morning.
If there's one lesson we can learn from this, it's that if you can't
keep a machine and yet you want to safeguard its future, you should know
the scrap value of the machine and make sure that you set your price