2017 - Volume #41, Issue #5, Page #36[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
They Specialize In Big Military EquipmentIf you’re looking for used military equipment, C & C Equipment is a good place to start. Owner Clinton Chitwood has bought and sold more than 100 Unimogs alone in the past decade. “We’ve probably sold more Unimogs than anyone else in the country,” says Chitwood.
Featured in FARM SHOW (Vol. 34, No. 6) for its Unimog and converted truck sales, the business has grown since that time. A visit to the company website shows photos, price tags and features of dozens of dozers, military surplus trucks and, of course, several Unimogs.
Many of the rigs are low mileage. The $22,999 Unimog is a 1987 model with a little over 2,000 miles and less than 30 hrs. on it. A very clean, 1984 5-ton military cargo truck has only 4,000 miles on it, was rebuilt around 2007, and is priced at only $9,999. A 1991 Humvee with around 13,000 miles on it is priced at $15,999.
Not all of Chitwood’s equipment is decades old nor is it all military surplus. The “For Sale” listing includes a 2015 Bobcat skid steer, a 2012 Toyota forklift and a 2012 Deere backhoe/loader for $39,999.
Tracked equipment is a mix of military surplus and civilian brands. However, trucks and attachments, like the $2,000 expandable shop van, are generally military in nature. So is the impressive list of parts designated for 2 1/2 and 5-ton trucks.
“I’ve been dealing in military surplus for the past 11 years,” says Chitwood. “I bought a surplus truck for myself, and a customer said he was looking for something similar.”
That was 500 surplus military trucks ago. Chitwood specializes in 6 by 6 2 1/2-ton and 5-ton trucks. He has sold them to potato farmers, grain farmers and watermelon farmers, among many others.
“We have around 75 pieces of equipment here now, as well as thousands of parts, new and used,” says Chitwood. “We part out trucks and other equipment and have almost every part used in 2 1/2-ton and 5-ton military trucks.”
One thing that has changed over the years is the age of the equipment. While he still has a lot of trucks from the 1980’s in stock, more and more are from the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.
“We used to get trucks from the 1960’s and 70’s,” says Chitwood. “They were mechanically simple and easy to work on. Now we are getting into the electronic transmissions and newer mechanics.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, C & C Equipment, 4111 State Road 45, Nashville, Ind. 47448 (ph 812 336-2894; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.ccsurplus.com).
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