Gallery: Diesel, Dirt & Turf Expo 2016

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This 31.3-tonne LiuGong 930E excavator was part of the range launched at DDT by AWD Group. This 31.3-tonne LiuGong 930E excavator was part of the range launched at DDT by AWD Group.
A standout on Kubota’s DDT stand was its latest big-horsepower tractor, the 170hp M7171. A standout on Kubota’s DDT stand was its latest big-horsepower tractor, the 170hp M7171.
Graham Gardiner, Ben Zappala and Peter Townsend man the Bauer Trader Media stand at DDT. Graham Gardiner, Ben Zappala and Peter Townsend man the Bauer Trader Media stand at DDT.
We loved the JCB 3CX Platinum Edition backhoe painted in nostalgic red, yellow and white livery. We loved the JCB 3CX Platinum Edition backhoe painted in nostalgic red, yellow and white livery.
What’s better than an Ammann ASC 70D smooth drum vibratory roller from Conplant? An ASC 70D with remote control, ultrasonic guidance and ROPS2! What’s better than an Ammann ASC 70D smooth drum vibratory roller from Conplant? An ASC 70D with remote control, ultrasonic guidance and ROPS2!
Among the vintage equipment on show was this early 20th century kerosene-burning Rumely Oil Pull tractor. Among the vintage equipment on show was this early 20th century kerosene-burning Rumely Oil Pull tractor.
Norm Engineering’s new tilting quick hitch has an anti-swinging feature for added safety. Norm Engineering’s new tilting quick hitch has an anti-swinging feature for added safety.
Yep, that’s a Chevy 383 Stroker engine in a Terex PT-500 compact track loader! Yep, that’s a Chevy 383 Stroker engine in a Terex PT-500 compact track loader!
A DDT sunset from Digga’s lakeside deck. Thanks for the beers, guys! A DDT sunset from Digga’s lakeside deck. Thanks for the beers, guys!
Komatsu was showing off a tradie deal on its PC18MR-3 mini excavator — digger, KGA half hitch, 300mm KGA bucket and 2.4-tonne Sureweld trailer from $25 a day. Komatsu was showing off a tradie deal on its PC18MR-3 mini excavator — digger, KGA half hitch, 300mm KGA bucket and 2.4-tonne Sureweld trailer from $25 a day.
And WesTrac had the Cat 301.7D CR mini excavator with trailer and buckets for $180 a week. And WesTrac had the Cat 301.7D CR mini excavator with trailer and buckets for $180 a week.

After a crowd of over 30,000 attended the recent Diesel, Dirt & Turf expo in Penrith, NSW, the organisers have announced that the event will be repeated in April next year.

Held at the Penrith Panthers Club on 15-17 April, the show was organised by a group of companies involved in Australia’s earthmoving and construction industry.

Earthmovers & Excavators magazine and its sister website TradeEarthmovers.com.au were event media partners and had a stand at the expo, and we were amazed at the amount of leads and sales being generated over the three days.

Livio Pace of Boss Attachments says he was literally "blown away" by the huge crowd that included machinery attachment buyers who generated around $1 million in sales for his company.

"We could have closed up on Friday and been very happy with the outcome," he says. "Even bigger sales occurred on Saturday, while the crowd on our stand on Sunday was unprecedented.

"Typically from a show of this type we receive a number of enquiries and follow-up for months afterwards. Not this time! People were there to buy on the spot. We’re not talking about small items – these sales were for $50,000 to $100,000 pieces of equipment."

Expo manager Steve Zivkovich says the industry members who had supported their own event were now reaping the rewards of their confidence in participating: "The industry has put its best foot forward to make the Expo a success … and what a success it was!"

Next year’s show, which is booked in at the same venue on 21-23 April 2017, promises to be even bigger, with new exhibitors signing up on the spot and current ones promising to return.

"As with most of the other exhibitors I spoke to during the event, we’ll be back next year with a major presence," Livio Pace says. "This event is definitely a ‘must attend’ for the earthmoving and construction industry."

 

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