Each fall, as our editorial team reviews the year's collection of new products, we marvel at the number of construction products that promise improvements in productivity and efficiency. We're also intrigued by the new introductions or new lines, and manage always to find a product or two that just surprises us by its design or innovative solution.
This year, a Conexpo/Con-Agg year, provided an even larger field from which to choose the Top 100 new products of 2005. It was a banner year, and our team spent a bit more time that fall day debating the merits of many products on the list. Sometimes it's tempting to just bump it to the Top 105, but we remained true to the spirit of the list.
For the second consecutive year, we also looked at each category of equipment — heavy earthmoving, light earthmoving, trucking & hauling, paving/compaction/concrete pumps, light equipment, drilling & trenching, lifting & material handling, trucks, and ancillary products — and picked one product in each that we thought was worthy of slightly more recognition.
In order to make the Top 100 list, a product has to qualify as a new line or a significant improvement to an existing product, or it has to represent advances in technology, or it has to increase competition in its category. Editor's Choice recognition goes to the one product in each category that best represents those criteria.
Construction Equipment's reason for existence is to be the equipment journal for companies that use these machines and related products in their projects, from site preparation to road building to school construction to mining — and all those in between. We publish all the new-product news that we have room for, and try to keep our readers up to date. And, thanks to our electronic newsletter, eMarket Watch, we can publish that news even more quickly.
We carry a passion for construction equipment, which makes our annual Top 100 a pleasure to put together. And determining our editors' choices is just a part of the fun.