Welcome again from sunny Las Vegas, where the tool-crazed journalists all travel in the depths of winter. But it’s not just the sunny warmth we seek, it’s really all about the tools, gear, and building technology showcased at the 2019 World of Concrete (WOC) trade show. From the latest in job site drone surveillance of your employees and subs, to a plain old jackhammer (albeit now equipped with worldwide-enabled GPS locating hardware), this is the place to reset your knowledge of the current state of construction tools and equipment. And unlike other expositions, the World of Concrete features a huge outdoor area so it’s the best place to get your hands on many of the bigger and messier tools and try them out. In this, its 44th year, the WOC show had over 60,500 registered attendees and featured more than 1,500 exhibiting companies. Of course I can never see all of it, but here are some of the highlights. Read More
2018 was the year, Phoenix was the town, and the annual STAFDA show was the gig for this roving reporter. What’s STAFDA you ask? Why it’s the Specialty Tools And Fasteners Distributors Association, the host of the most powertool-filled event in the country. In fact, it seems that some of the tool manufacturers decided to forego a media event this year in favor of showing off their latest to journalists and influencers at this very trade show.
Well, mission accomplished. Here’s a good sampling of some of the most notable brands and products I saw at the STAFDA show. Read More