What started as an impromptu friendly competition has now become one of the most anticipated events at the World of Concrete trade show. For the seventh year, Wacker Neuson will host its annual Trowel Challenge competition during the show, Feb. 3 to 6, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nev.
Each year Wacker Neuson creates an obstacle course on a 2,400 sq. ft. (223 sq m) concrete slab at their WOC booth (#O31708). Concrete finishers are invited to test their skills as they maneuver a 48-in. (122 cm), ride-on trowel through the timed course.
The top 10 finishers of the qualifying rounds will meet for the final championship on Feb. 5, 2015. Wacker Neuson will award the fastest finisher with a grand prize custom 48-inch CRT 48-35VX ride-on trowel powered by a special Vanguard BIG BLOCK V-twin engine.
While the Trowel Challenge draws the crowds and creates excitement, attendees also are invited to learn more about the large, diverse line of concrete trowels. From the 24-in. (61 cm) finishing model up to the 10-ft. (3 m) hydraulic rider, there is a Wacker Neuson trowel to fit any job for any concrete contractor, according to the manufacturer.
For more than 25-years, Wacker Neuson has been a leading manufacturer of walk-behind models designed for professional results, comfort and safety. As safety continues to be a paramount concern for job sites, Wacker Neuson’s walk-behind models offer a design to provide extra protection from an out of control spinning trowel handle. When the operator lets go of the handle, a gyroscopic safety sensor detects the motion of the handle and stops the engine before the handle reaches a 45-degree rotation. This engages the gearbox brake which will stop the handle rotation within a 270-degree rotation. This system protects the operator from being struck by a runaway handle.