went to the philadelphia area construction expo today...wasn't too impressed, some of you guys would have liked it because they had a lot of mini stuff but i wasn't too thrilled. I didn't take any pictures but i did notice some things. The new Komatsu CTL is pretty nice, the gauges are right on the arm rests that fold down from the side so they are right in the center of your gut when you are sitting...i really don't care much for the entire CAT CTL in general (sorry bobcat ron) i wasn't too big a fan of the cab and the tracks seem like they would be more problems then not, seems like if you are carrying larger rocks they can get down in the rollers and do a lot of damage, i also don't like the track adjustment, if you blow a track off it will take a lot of time to loosen then and re-tighten. The JCB trackloader was neat, it had a side door on it because it is a single arm loader. what really got to me was the new backhoe controls (JCB and DEERE had one there) where the joysticks are mounted to the swinging chair. I am a 3 stick Case man but am always willing to try new things but these bugged the hell out of me. You have to flip the steering wheel up before you can swing the chair around, and once you are around on the DEERE the back of the seat hit the steering wheel. I also don't like the fact that you can't use the hoe and loader at the same time while looking forward. and the left joystick is always there, so when doing loader work your arm would constantly be hitting it. I talked to the DEERE rep for a while and he said they did it because of customer demand...i would like to know what customers demanded that.