Contractors' Picks for the Top Products at The Utility Expo

Updated Oct 12, 2021
Felco Industries Compaction Wheel
Contractors found no shortage of unique attachments at The Utility Expo to add versatility to their equipment.
Brandon Johnson

From electric equipment to versatile attachments, there was no shortage of new and improved products at the 2021 Utility Expo. With more than 900 exhibitors and 32 acres of exhibit space, it can be easy to miss that game-changing innovation you never knew you needed. So, we hustled the show floor at the Kentucky Exposition Center and met with contractors to see what products caught their eye.

Here are some contractors' top products from the 2021 Utility Expo.

Volvo ECR25 Electric ExcavatorVolvo ECR25 Electric Mini ExcavatorJordanne Waldschmidt

Product: Volvo ECR25 Electric excavator

Recommended by: Brandon Adams, Full Tilt Grading 

Why: “The electric excavator was crazy fast. It had all the power you needed and never bogged down like a diesel would. You could track, dig and swing the boom at the same time, which for what we do is a must and hard to find in smaller equipment. The cost and battery life are going to be a downfall, but it has its place. I would definitely buy one if it had an 8-hour runtime.”

AMI Axxis TiltrotatorAMI Axxis TiltrotatorAMI Attachments

Product: AMI Axxis Tiltrotator

Recommended by: Brad Campbell, Top Notch Excavating LLC

Why: “I went to the show to get a hands-on look at tiltrotators. While the engcon, Steelwrist and AMI Attachments tiltrotators were all great, I preferred the AMI Axxis. The Axxis doesn’t have any exposed tilt cylinders; therefore, it has a narrower profile. You could excavate a narrower trench, plus the cylinders aren’t sticking out to get damaged.”

 John Deere 333G CTL with Dozer BladeJohn Deere 333G CTL with Dozer BladeJordanne Waldschmidt

Product: John Deere 33G CTL with Dozer Blade and 3D Grade Control

Recommended by: Zack Ford, Countryside Landworks LLC

Why: “What I liked about the CTL with the dozer blade was how easy it was to run. There wasn’t much of a learning curve. It was simple to change your grade on the fly with the push of a button. I could see using this where a smaller dozer wouldn’t fit. With the ability to take off the blade and run other attachments, it allows for versatility and fewer machines sitting around that you need to find work for.”

 Icom F3210D / F4210D Entry Level IDAS™ Trunking Portables VHF/UHFIcom F3210D / F4210D Entry Level IDAS™ Trunking Portables VHF/UHFIcom America Inc.

Product: Icom Communications System

Recommended by: Ryan Goodfellow, Rock Structures Utility & Excavating 

Why: “We’re looking for something that we can use as a company to communicate as a group or individually. The Icom Communications System is a radio that uses the AT&T cellular network. I’m hoping that this will help us get on the same page for our daily needs.”

 Felco Industries Wheel CompactorFelco Industries Wheel CompactorFelco Industries

Product: Felco Industries Compaction Wheel

Recommended by: Brandon Johnson, Elite Earthworks

Why: “One of my favorite excavator attachments was the Felco compaction wheel. For a one-man show, this is a great investment. Not only can you do a better job at compacting material either in a ditch or backfill around a basement, but you can also get it done quickly or without the need for another person or machine.”

 Mastadon Forestry MulcherMastadon Forestry MulcherMastadon

Product: Mastadon M60 Forestry Mulcher

Recommended by: Davin Jones, Advanced Terrain Solutions

Why: “Mastadon is using some super cool technology in their tooth design and in the wireless technology for the mulcher. They have a mulcher model that can give the operator real-time data on oil temperature, pressure and gpm flow to let the operator know how the head and machine are performing. Plus, it’s a direct drive system so there is no belt to tune or periodically replace.”

 Volvo CX01 autonomous single-drum asphalt compactor conceptVolvo CX01 autonomous single-drum asphalt compactor conceptVolvo Construction Equipment

Product: Volvo CX01 autonomous single-drum asphalt compactor concept

Recommended by: Corey Lockheart, WML Enterprises LLC

Why: "I went to The Utility Expo specifically to check out the technical advancements in the industry. The Volvo roller absolutely stood out. Automation and robots are becoming more and more common, and I can't wait to integrate them into my business, especially in areas that are dangerous for humans."