# On January 3, 2023, Ajax Argyle purchased a piece of equipment for \$125,000. The equipments estimated useful life is either four years or 12,000 units, with a residual value of \$18,000. The company has a December 31 fiscal year end and normally uses straight-line depreciation. Management is considering the merits of using the units-of-production or diminishing-balance method of depreciation instead

Chapter 1, Problem Set B #8

On January 3, 2023, Ajax Argyle purchased a piece of equipment for \$125,000. The equipment’s estimated useful life is either four years or 12,000 units, with a residual value of \$18,000. The company has a December 31 fiscal year end and normally uses straight-line depreciation. Management is considering the merits of using the units-of-production or diminishing-balance method of depreciation instead of the straight-line method. The actual numbers of units produced by the equipment were 6,000 in 2023, 2,000 in 2024, and 3,800 in 2025. The equipment was sold on January 5, 2026, for \$21,000.

Instructions

a. Calculate the depreciation for the equipment for 2023, 2024, and 2025 under

(1) The straight-line method;

(2) The diminishing-balance method, using a 45% rate

(3) Units-of-production.

b. Calculate the gain or loss on the sale of the equipment under each of the three methods.

c. Calculate the net expense (total depreciation expense +/– the loss or gain on sale) under each of the three depreciation methods. Comment on your results.