Launch Slideshow

Like Disney World for Contractors

Like Disney World for Contractors

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    Too bad it's only a display. If this thing worked it could probably core all the way to China.

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    This guy won a Makita impact driver and got to pose with the RockStar girls.

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    A row of telehandlers.

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    It's yours if you can get it down. Not really - the truck on the scaffolding went to the winner of the Spec Mix Bricklayer 500.

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    Masons and tenders hard at work in the Bricklayer 500 contest. The mason who lays the most brick in an hour wins.

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    Concrete pump trucks - makes you wonder how they got all of the boom arms in there like that.

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    Power trowels in action

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    This rotary hammer may not be real - but it is real big.

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    A Bosch demo hammer

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    A selection of Husqvarna pavement saws

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    It's big. It looks expensive. And I have absolutely no idea what it does.

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    A dust collecting cut saw

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    Generator with a very heavy-duty frame

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    More concrete pump trucks...

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    ...and even more concrete pump trucks

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    Now that's one big hole saw.

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    A crushing attachment for demo work.

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    A big engine

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    An even bigger engine

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    This concrete Scrabble board was produced at the show and is about 8 foot square...

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    ... look closely and you can see the aggregate and how they created the illusion of wood grain on the tiles.

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    I don't know what this thing does, but I do know that I would not want to fall into it.

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    A powder-actuated fastening gun - really big, but not real.

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    Big Saw

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    Big, bigger, and biggest saw blades.

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    After the block laying contest

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    Cut-away of a Hilti's new combination rotary hammer.

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    Decorative concrete work

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    A mini excavator

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    A portable - well, kind of portable - concrete batch plant.

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    Sand sculpture at Marshalltown's booth

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    Sand sculptor at work

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    It so happens that the sandman is wearing Blaklader pants.

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    A remote control breaker

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    John Deere's equipment simulator allows you to practice operating a machine without any chance that you'll damage anything.

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    This is not just a display - it's a fully stocked White Cap supply store inside the exhibition hall.

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    A small machine for bending rebar into various shapes.

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    One of many skid steers on display at the show.

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    Last year we saw a prototype of this vac. This one is the real thing.

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    This guy is hanging from a pair of Blaklader pants to show how tough they are. Participants were given a tshirt that's too tasteless to be shown.

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    Inside the South exhibition hall

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    Vac-orama

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    If it can lift a concrete truck then it can lift about anything.

Earlier this month I was in Las Vegas for my favorite tool show of the year, the World of Concrete. The show is huge and is a spectacle to behold — like going to Disney World for the very first time. Don’t believe me? Then check out these photos of the weird and wondrous things I saw at the WOC.

These are still photos. I posted some video from the show last week.