Got in last night. Feels good to be home. Logistics: If you stay in Vegas. The Tuscany Suites is about as nice as I have found. Very much not like staying in a Casino. Numerous buildings only 3 stories high, set in a Villa type arrangement. It was like being in a little oasis. Very nice. However, as suspected no WiFi, hence no pictures. I refused to pay another 15 a day for WiFi. Did a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon, Hoover dam, and the Strip. Very cool, little pricey but how often often do you see the GC from a choppper. Maverick helicopter tours was who we went through. Very professional. Got to met Tiger for a short time. He arrived on Friday and had a lot to see in a short time. I had been there for 4 days and had still missed a several lots of equipment. There is almost no way to look at it all. The equipment: JD: The biggest news IMHO was the release of the 60D excavator. Deere has finally stepped up in the heavy mini market. I looked this machine over closely and really liked it. I had heard rumor it was going to be a side to side boom like TK. No luck there, but it looked well built and certainly needed as their 50 was too weak IMHO to compete in the heavier weight class. The Bison looked cool a lot of chatter on what would you use it for, but we will see if it catches on. I sat in a 328 skid with EH. The ergonomics were good. I really was not impressed with the visibility. I like to see my tires. no can do in that machine. Yes you can see around you well, you just cant down and around. Missing buildings would be easy, missing infloor plumbing or curb and the like not so good. Bobcat: The biggest news I could find was the suspended track system. I will start by saying that I have numerous friends who work in the BC organization, and at least one is a very senior engineer. I looked at that design and said WTF. I was expecting a design that was more current not a primative, leaf spring design. The pluses: it is all steel, uses I think 6 leaf springs that allow the bogie wheels to flex, but only about an inch or so. It looked like the winner of a high school design contest. They had a video on it which I am sure is on the web. CAT: I demoed a 256C on the day I left and I will post on that separate. The local CAT salesman was there and walked us through a lot of the displays. Got an education on the Accugrade system as it applies to excavators. Looked over a 315D. The electric drive dozer drive system was on display. CAT had a huge display as you can imagine. Nothing that I found really earth shattering for as far as the smaller stuff. Volvo: It was a contest between the Volvo, Doosan, and Hyundai as to who makes the best skid steer which also could function well as a boat anchor. I would have to demo them to be sure but it appears that in that contest they would all be tied for first. POS each of them. I looked at Gehl which is getting better on fit and finish, cab still spartan. I did not talk to Gehl as far as cool stuff just released (sorry Rock Set). I looked at the ASV PT series, nice cab layout, did not talk to them either, but I Dig Deep I am sure has the scoop. TK: Wow these guys are releasing improvements to both the loaders and excavators. Called the 200 series in both. Cabs much improved in both. The excavators are finished off very nicely, on par with others finally, more room. Not sure on mech. improvements but really liked the improved cabs. It sounded like they wouldbe releasing them a few at a time. If your in the market for a TK, talk to your dealer and see if the model you want is being released shortly as a 200 series. Worth the wait if you can. TO be continued.