Our History

The humble beginnings of the Puslinch LocationBryan’s is a second generation family run business focused on customer service. Bryan Lillycrop started out reselling tractors from his farm in Waterdown and enjoyed helping other farmers find affordable equipment.  That passion fuelled the business to grow, expand and change over the decades to where it is today!

Bryan’s Farm & Industrial Supply began in 1970 from the family farm in Waterdown.  Long-time area farmers, the Lillycrop family ran a market garden farm at that time.  From there, the family continued to farm cash crops, beef cattle and a handful of horses, dogs and cats!

In 1976 the business was moved to Dundas, and in 1981 moved again to the current location in Puslinch, Ontario, never far from its original home.  The business now sits on 30 acres of transformed cow pasture!

Bryan's First Auction Sale - 1972From 1984 until 1992 Bryan’s was a Ford/New Holland tractor dealership, and was Canada’s largest volume dealership for 5 of those 8 years.  Everyone knows determination and hard work has its rewards!  After the dealership was sold, efforts focused on sourcing and providing quality used equipment to farms and businesses.  To this day, Bryan’s continues the devotion to its heritage in supplying quality used farm equipment to the agricultural community both locally, and internationally.

Rooted in the area, the Lillycrop family has been involved with the community and service groups like the Lions Club International for decades.  The family and business routinely support charities and community groups, as well as local soccer, hockey and baseball teams.

Though the years, Bryan’s added appraisals and consultation to their repertoire to provide a full package to customers. With this, we are able to give appraisals for estate sales, farm sales and industrial equipment alike for common products and the more unusual as well! 

The first auction was held in April 1972.  At the beginning, auctions were mostly agricultural or farm related items. Being a huge success and popular with customers, the frequency of auctions slowly increased and became regular.  Bryan’s now has regular home auctions and equipment auctions that customers have come to rely on.

Aerial ShotAuctions grew in significance over the years, and continue to be an integral, natural fit to compliment our retail used farm and equipment business.   Finding quality sources for all of the used equipment took a serious and concerted effort and continues to grow beyond what is now over 100 municipalities submitting used equipment to the consignment auctions.  With such a huge network of sources, and a longstanding reputation, the equipment auctions and farm retail business both receive first rate equipment.  Over the years, the majority of equipment in the auctions has moved from farming to industrial, and thus the significance of the name ‘Municipal, Industrial, and Construction Equipment Consignment Auctions’.

Bryan’s boasts many improvements over the years, including added security and a fenced yard to protect all of the equipment, a full service department with a licensed mechanic to inspect, repair and provide maintenance to ensure quality goods, on-site dispatching of trucking fleet, and indoor and outdoor auction facilities.

In 2012, Bryan’s embarked on more improvements to serve you better!  A new building was constructed to house auctions, and provide a more comfortable, protected environment for both customers and products.  With its completion, Bryan’s now has over 70,000 square feet of indoor area to serve its customers. 

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