While walking the halls at WOC, make sure to spend some time outside in the Outdoor Exhibits area where you have unique opportunities to test out multiple products.

The Silver Lot is bigger and better then ever, with 40,000 square feet additional space than last year and more hands-on demonstrations offered by a number of manufacturers. These demos allow you to get down and dirty trying out new tools in jobsite situations.

In Bosch Power Tools and Accessories (Booth O30204), they believe in Xtreme Life. Xtreme Durability. Xtreme Value. Test out the new rotary hammer, the Bulldog Xtreme Max, which is designed to penetrate rebar. The company’s Chisel for Chips event, where attendees chip for hidden poker chips, is popular amongst this year’s attendees as a fun, interactive, and knowledgeable experience to learn more about the product line.

Hilti Inc. (Booths O30900, O30808) gives attendees a chance to get dirty with multiple jobsite setups. “Our demos give attendees the opportunity to use tools like they would in everyday jobsite applications to make their job safer, easier, and more productive,” says David Perkins. “Our presence at WOC proves that we are invested in innovation and provide participants with the latest and greatest products of the year.”

Looking to break some concrete? Here’s your chance! Husqvarna Construction Products (Booths C4313, O30370) features three demolition machines, two crushers, and a breaker for attendees to try out. Husqvarna also offers a polishing demo and a chance to try out hand tools, power cutters, drill motors, and wall and flat saws.

At the fourth annual Wacker Neuson (Booth O31708) Trowel Challenge, competitors are tested for speed and accuracy during an obstacle course across a 2400-square-foot slab. Each year more than 150 concrete trowel operators participate in this challenge. The fastest timed winner for Tuesday and Wednesday received a helicopter ride over the strip. The grand prize for the fastest finisher on Thursday is a customized Wacker Neuson CRT 48-35VX ride-on trowel and a trip for two to the Caribbean. Second place receives a 36-inch walk-behind trowel, while third place receives a 14-inch cut-off saw.

Wacker also is offering an Excavator Challenge: VDS (Vertical Digging System) Challenge, which allows attendees to try and gather softballs with an excavator. First and second place winners for each day will win a helicopter ride over the strip.

No matter what part of the concrete industry you specialize in, you’ll be sure to find the product you need in the Outdoor Exhibits area.