Construction is ramping up. In fact, construction spending last October reached the highest level in nearly eight years with growth in all major categories, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. But association officials also cautioned that demand for construction appears to be growing at a faster rate than the supply of qualified workers available to fill positions at firms. That’s why trade shows like World of Concrete are so important. They provide the forum for finding great equipment, training and services that can help replace and complement that hard-to-find labor.
World of Concrete 2016, taking place Feb. 2-5 (seminars 1-5) at the Las Vegas Convention Center, will feature a full week of exciting new product demonstrations, events and competitions, more than 100 educational sessions, luncheons, interactive workshops and hands-on training. The show is also boasting big numbers.
Organizers are anticipating significant growth over World of Concrete 2015 — which was the largest event in six years — with 55,779 registered professionals featuring more than 1,459 companies exhibiting across more than 675,000 net sq ft of space.
In fact, World of Concrete 2016 has already announced it will support some 1,400 industry-leading suppliers from all around the globe in more than 700,000 net sq ft of indoor/outdoor exhibit space.
“Excitement and palpable energy filled the show floor last year at WOC 2015,” said Jackie James, director of World of Concrete, in the press release. “This space draw has surpassed expectations in square footage, and we are confident the 2016 event will be another hugely successful endeavor for both exhibitors and attendees.”
World of Concrete is the industry’s only annual international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries, but it really has also become the biggest general construction trade show in the United States outside of CONEXPO-CON/AGG years. The show features indoor and outdoor exhibits with the industry’s leading suppliers showcasing innovative products and technologies — from Bobcat to Caterpillar — while attendees enjoy interactive demonstrations and competitions, as well a world-class education programs. For more info, go to worldofconcrete.com for complete show details.
The John Deere G-Series 17G and 26G compact excavators feature an operator-focused design, Tier 4 Final-compliant engine without the need for an after treatment device, a spacious cab and smooth, responsive hydraulic controls. The 17G and 26G incorporate a 14.5-hp and 20-hp Tier 4 Final/ EU Stage IV diesel engine. The nimble excavators were designed with the rental, commercial/residential building, landscaping, underground and site development industries in mind. Regardless of the jobsite, John Deere says its excavators get the job done with muscle, control and peerless productivity. Efficient, cool-running engines and enhanced hydraulics make these diggers reliable and hard working.
The new Cat 307E2 expands the mini hydraulic excavator machine range to include an additional solution for the 7- to 8-metric ton weight class. The 50.3-hp Cat C2.4 turbo engine (U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IIIB) and the High Definition Hydraulic System, which is load sensing and flow sharing, allows the machine to offer superior performance and overall operational effectiveness. The cab delivers comfort with an air suspension seat, retractable seatbelt and COMPASS monitor with color display. The COMPASS monitor allows the operator to quickly enable and modify machine features such as: adjustable auxiliary flow, hydraulic quick-coupler and auto engine idle.
In its recently introduced 9A Series of Tier 4 Final-compliant compact excavators, Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas included a variety of hydraulic system innovations that make the 9A Series models fast, smooth and easy to control. To achieve optimum precision on the Hyundai R55-9A, R60CR-9A and R80CR-9A models, Hyundai redesigned the hydraulic system to provide the operator with super-fine touch and improved controllability. An arm flow summation system provides energy savings, reduced cavitation and increased speed.
Wacker Neuson’s 3.8-ton excavator, model EZ38, combines the performance of a conventional track excavator with the maneuverability of a zero tail swing machine. With an advanced hydraulic system, this excavator delivers performance with an efficient engine. The EZ38 is powered by a 24.4-hp Tier 4 Final Yanmar engine. The EZ38 is also available with Wacker Neuson’s exclusive Vertical Digging System (VDS). The optional VDS is an innovative system that enables the operator to tilt the cab and boom of the excavator by up to 15 degrees with the push of button, allowing the operator to compensate for slopes up to 27 percent.
The new 550Z is equipped with a 47.6-hp Yanmar Tier 4-certified, turbocharged diesel engine which features an electronic throttle for precise control. Cost savings are made possible with the ECO mode and auto deceleration features. When activated by the flip of a switch inside the cab, ECO mode will reduce the engine speed by 10 percent without sacrificing power, while auto deceleration decreases the engine speed to idle after four seconds without hydraulic movement. These two features provide a combined result of 20 percent reduction in fuel consumption.
Kubota diversifies its construction equipment line with the introduction of two skid steer loaders, the new SSV65 and SSV75. With standard two-speed travel and optional high-flow hydraulics, Kubota’s skid steers will meet the needs of construction, rental and agriculture customers. The rated operating capacity is 1,950 and 2,690 lbs, respectively, for the SSV65 and SSV75. Both models feature a unique, slide-up, front-entry door that rises overhead, a side light for better visibility and safe night operation and a spacious cabin with climate control.
The Genie GTH-5519 is an ideal workhorse for today’s jobsites. As a general purpose machine, it can fit into tight spaces, help unload trucks and can efficiently carry tools such as augers and sweepers. The unit is purposefully designed to offer a Deutz TD 2.9 L4 Tier 4 Final engine to meet today’s emissions standards. The engine is designed in such a way that it does not require a diesel particulate filter, only a diesel oxidation catalyst muffler. The power of the engine is 74 hp at 2,600 rpm. A redesign of the combined engine and hydraulic system radiator offers better cooling capability.
Merlo’s P25.6 compact telehandler packs big performance into a small machine — only 5 ft, 10 in. wide and 6 ft, 2 in. tall. This model is reliable, quick and offers concentrated power and maneuverability, ideal for confined work environments and small scale applications. Merlo says the compact telehandler outperforms front loaders in terms of height, operating boom speed and productivity. The P25.6 features a 75-hp engine, a maximum load capacity of 5,500 lbs, a maximum lift height of 19 ft, 4 in. and a maximum reach of 10 ft, 8 in. This machine has the largest in-class cab and a maximum speed of 25 mph.
Sometimes the job calls for grabbing, pulling, ripping and carrying obstructions. That’s why you call in Danuser’s Intimidator, which is a versatile tree, post, rock and everything puller. It’s ideal for eliminating trees, saplings, shrubs, stumps, bushes, boulders and clearing fence rows. Its unique design allows you to selectively eliminate what you want, whether that’s a rose bush or complete tree, roots and all. The replaceable excavator bucket teeth and vertical jaw saw teeth allow the operator to dig and cut roots to remove larger trees. The uniquely synchronized jaws, designed for less wear and tear on the vehicle, are actuated by a rear-mounted, fully protected, 3-in. diameter cylinder.
With the new Geith tilting quick-coupler, operators can complete more work in less time from the comfort and safety of the cab. The tilting coupler provides up to 180 degrees of side-to-side rotation — depending on the model — increasing overall productivity and versatility. With four independent locking components and a patented “curl to release” control system, the hydraulic quick-coupler meets current and proposed safety standards (ISO/DIS 13031). The Geith tilting quick-coupler is designed for use with excavators and backhoe loaders weighing between 6 and 26 tons.
The Montabert 501 Next Generation (501 NG) hydraulic breaker demolishes oversized boulders and thick concrete with ease. Standard features include a blank-fire protection and an energy recovery system that recycles recoil energy from the piston to increase striking power. An automatic lubrication system and a fully enclosed cradle reduce noise and protect against debris and impact damage. Designed for use with backhoe loaders and excavators weighing between 17,637 and 39,683 lbs, the all-purpose hydraulic breaker delivers up to 870 blows per minute. The 501 NG falls within the 2,000 ft-lbs impact energy class and requires a hydraulic flow rate of between 21 and 37 gpm.
Chicago Pneumatic Construction Equipment features the new CPLT V15 light tower in its lineup. It is the company’s first model that features a heavy-duty polyethylene canopy for rugged durability that is designed to withstand the most extreme elements and working conditions. The new canopy coupled with the light tower’s compact size, ease of transportation, safety features and lighting performance makes the CPLT V15 a great solution on any jobsite. The versatile CPLT V15 can be used in a wide range of applications and industries, including public lighting, events, roadwork, construction sites and general industry work.
Minnich Mfg. will showcase its special application capabilities, dowel pin drills and concrete paving vibrators at the 2016 World of Concrete. Minnich dowel pin drills provide solutions that maximize the efficiency and safety of dowel pin drilling — an integral process in road and runway construction projects. Available in a myriad of sizes and configurations, Minnich provides a dowel pin drill for virtually any application. Offered in both on-grade and on-slab models and ranging in capacities from a single drill up to a five-gang drill unit, Minnich’s dowel pin drills are as versatile as they are efficient, says Minnich.
E-Z Drill 210B-2 SRA Drill
E-Z Drill’s 210B-2 SRA concrete drill maximizes accuracy in concrete drilling projects without disturbing the subgrade. The two-gang slab rider drill is easily maneuverable, making it ideal for drilling hundreds of holes for lane additions, airport work and full depth repair projects. E-Z Drill is featuring its 210B-2 SRA drill at World of Concrete. The compact frame makes the drill well suited for jobs with cramped worksites that also require drilling slabs with a range of thickness. The 210B-2 SRA can operate within a 4-ft patch and easily drill to the center of thick slabs while still having enough space for workers to move around the drill. The 210B-2 SRA ensures continuous operations and optimal uptime with its innovative features.
Cool Compact Tool Carriers
The Sherpa 100ECO is the world’s first battery-powered compact tool carrier. At under 31 in. wide and weighing less than 1,600 lbs, it can easily fit through any standard doorway or in an elevator. The 100ECO is 100 percent fume free so you are no longer restricted on access in hospitals, indoor shopping malls or occupied schools and high-rises. A hydraulic auxiliary system allows for multiple attachment functions such as a hydraulic hammer, grapple bucket or even pallet forks. With an eight-hour battery life, getting in a full day’s work is never an issue. Just plug in to a standard 110V or 220V outlet, and you’ll be ready to work in the morning.
The Boxer 525DX compact tool carrier is Boxer’s solution to meet federal government Tier 4 Final EPA emissions regulations for diesel engines — replacing the Boxer 532DX. The 525DX features a redesigned hydraulic package, providing smoother drive controls and improved simultaneous functionality. Additionally, the Boxer 525DX features improved protection of the radiator and hydraulic oil cooler components: a push-button machine pressure relief valve to easily couple hydraulic-powered attachments to the high-flow auxiliary remote couplers and increased track adjustment length to extend usable track life.