DDT 2021

See the latest at Diesel Dirt & Turf

The National Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo has become the premier event for the earthmoving, construction and public space management industry to announce its new releases. This year the upgraded facilities at the Sydney Dragway is the venue from Friday, 9th April through to Sunday, 11th April.

All the latest products and technology will be on show, landscape materials and equipment, site preparation, earthmoving equipment and attachments, GPS tracking and environmental solutions to public space management and much more.

Komatsu will be showing its model WB97R-8, the latest in its range of backhoe loaders. This new release offers two-wheel steering and a powershift transmission, a high level of standard specifications and unrivalled operator visibility thanks to Komatsu’s unique combination of a lateral exhaust pipe and compact bonnet.

“With a long tradition and well-established experience on the worldwide market, Komatsu has renewed its image with the -8 series, and introduced a new model in an always competitive BHL scenario” says Carl Grundy, National Sales Manager Utility. “The operators’ needs are at the centre of attention with this new WB97R-8, with higher standards the basis of its development.

From Norm Engineering is the Silage Grab, designed as the perfect two in one attachment for agricultural, forestry, land, and waste management. The grab/stick rake combination makes this an ideal attachment to clean up properties, clear fire breaks, manage feedlots, waste and recycling.

Once fully opened the silage grab can be used as a stick rake/dozer to clear and move silage, animal feed, logs, debris, rubble, and rocks; the strong serrated edges on the tynes allow the grapple arm to firmly grab and carry various materials and hay bales. Hydraulically operated, the tynes open to 1150mm.

Specialist recruiter, Just Automotive Recruitment will be exhibiting. Commenting on the status of industry employment, Jason Sultana said “We all saw our fair share of upheaval and change during 2020. The employment market in the automotive, plant and heavy machinery sector was not immune to the fallout from COVID-19.

“There was a definite dip in recruiting activity during the March-June 2020 period, though from June onwards, vacancies rose again and our phones were running hot.

“The competition for quality staff was extremely high, with companies going above and beyond to hang onto their employees. We found many employees were counter offered and elected to stay put during the uncertainty of lockdowns, hotspots and the changes to the JobKeeper program.

“We have also seen renewed interest from numerous customers regarding looking to employ overseas candidates due to the continued lack of local supply of qualified blue-collar employees.

“2021 has certainly started on a more positive note, candidates seem far less nervous and more willing to consider new opportunities, opening up the market even further as we move into the rebuilding stage post-COVID.

Long-time Diesel Dirt & Turf sponsor Hydraulic Steels started in 2012. Stephen Holt said, “Our business is geared towards the multitude of engineering workshops supplying hydraulic repair and manufacturing services to the hydraulics industry.”

“Because repair businesses operate under high pressures – speed is everything. Repairs are needed as quickly as possible. This is where Hydraulic Steels Australia has the edge over many larger businesses, because we only handle hydraulic steels and our specialisation enables us to provide the industry’s fastest service through significant investment in stock, equipment and systems.

Entry to the 2021 National Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo is free and there is this plenty of free parking. Visit www.dieseldirtandTurfExpo.com.au to register for your free entry ticket.

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