thoughts on ConExpo

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by ksss, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
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    Just got back, still downloading and consolidating photos, most I will likely put on my Facebook page. Couple things I noticed

    1. The Chinese are becoming a player in the Heavy Equipment market. At the 08 show Sany had a small postage stamp of a lot. This time huge, complete line including cranes. I checked a lot of these companies out. Their fit and finish is getting better and better. Obviously don't know how they run but if the visual signs of quality build construction are any indication, they are making a run at it.

    2. Don't know who the marketing guy is at NH but the guy is genius. There were some very attractive girls dancing and helping to intro products and when their show started everybody gathered around to watch. Pretty impressive display. That blue skid steer was way cool.

    3. This my 4th show and it was obvious there are fewer contractors and venders at this one. Still a lot of people there but not what I have seen in years past.

    4. Vegas is struggling. Half done concrete foundations of future buildings which have stood since 08 they are in forclosure. One in five homes for sale Bad deal.

    5. The CASE skid steers have E/H from the top to the bottom of the new line up. Either they made a mistake or changed their minds from earlier but you can have it either way E/H or manual controls.

    6. Deeres big surprise was kinda weak I thought.

    7. TK is now releasing the 153 with variable displacement at the aux. with improved GPM production finally. They had a smaller display than last time.

    8. CASE put on a cool party at Caesar's. Tried to empty the place of Jack Daniels but they had more then I could drink, took a little while to realize that however.

    9. ASV's skid steer needs a little more work I think. Nothing huge but the entry into the cab is ridiculous, they have the hyd ports on the tilt cylinders in such a place that they will certainly get sheared off, just things like that which jumped out at me. I talked with Terex guys, very cool.

    All in all good times. Got some ideas, made some contacts and got tons of info. Even won a couple hundred on the Roulette wheel.
  2. icex

    icex LawnSite Senior Member
    from WV
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    Deeres release was weak and overhyped. Everyone was like WTF when they unveiled the chatterbox. (watched it live on their site)
  3. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
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    That Chatter Box thing that Deere had was interesting. I was wondering if someone was editing some of that or if they just let it roll.
  4. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
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    Good to hear on the E/H controls for Case. That is good on the TK153 but sucks to own the old one...
  5. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    OK so who came home with an extra wife or maybe a divorce?
  6. Dirtman2007

    Dirtman2007 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I loved the asains that were going around taking pictures of all the new deere and cat equipment so they can copy it and make a new copycat machine. I laughed my ass off when the deere guy slammed the door shut so one couldnt get a picture of the pumps
  7. farm_boy

    farm_boy LawnSite Member
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    What the funny thing about Deere and the chatterbox is that it brought people to the booth and while they were there, oh by the way they unveiled the largest loader and ADT that company has ever produced. It did it's job and is STILL doing it's job b/c everyone is still talking about it. I applaud Deere for using something clever like this to get people to the booth without the need to hire hookers to walk around or have stupid circus side shows.
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  8. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
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    I am not knocking the chatter box thing. It was a clever idea. The sideshift backhoe was lame in the sense they over promised and under delivered. Classic marketing mistake. The largest ADT that they don't produce you mean to say? They paint it and decal it. Bell makes it. The loader is most likely made by Liebber, but I not sure on that.

    The Chinese have made a living reverse engineering practically everything they produce from our fighter aircraft to heavy equipment. They are good at
    it and getting better, we spend the money on R&D and they rip it.
  9. Digdeep

    Digdeep LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What's the big difference between drawing people to a booth with a chatterbox, dancing backhoes or real hot strippers???? Not really much because all three are just some form of marketing designed to stir conversation or catch the attention of someone walking by.

    The funny thing to me is that most of the guys that go out to ConExpo will visit the Deere booth anyway and the strippers cost way less than the marketing hype that Deere developed for their marketing.
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  10. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    And the strippers will give you a good lap dance inside the Deere Chatterbox.

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