There are 21 products for you to check out on the Innovation Trail at this year's Show, and ten of these will be highlighted in our  'Innovation Trail Live'. From all those products on the Trail, the Judges chose ten which they considered to be particularly outstanding. These have gone forward into 'Innovation Trail Live' within a specially branded stage area in Hall 2.


Each 'Innovation Trail Live' supplier will be given a dedicated 10-minute slot to present and explain their product, and to talk the audience through its innovative qualities. 


Paul Hutton, a podcast and YouTube channel presenter, will interview each company’s representative live on stage and discuss the products. See below for the timings of the live schedule. 


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One of the main reasons why hirers value the Executive Hire Show is that it enables them to see the latest products with hire potential from suppliers, and the Innovation Trail at this year’s Show will allow them to do just that. An impressive 21 products have been selected from 54 eligible entries received and each will be highlighted around the exhibition by eye-catching floor tiles beside each supplier’s stand.

Our judging panel of independent hire professionals assessed the entries according to how well they addressed key industry issues and customer requirements, as well as their essential ‘hireability’. Products must also have been launched since the 2018 Show. By following the Trail, hirers will discover some cutting-edge items selected by their peers.

Ten of these products have been selected as being particularly outstanding and have gone forward into Innovation Trail - Live, held on a dedicated staged area in Hall 2. Representatives from each supplier will discuss their product in ‘live’ interviews taking place hourly from 11am to 3pm on each day of the Show. Let’s quickly run through the chosen ten now.

The DU-Mital diamond blade from Duro (Stand A32) is designed as a safe and cost-effective alternative to bonded abrasive cut-off wheels for work with a very wide range of ferrous and non-ferrous metals up to 40mm thick. It is claimed to have a longer lifespan and to enhance efficiency by avoiding multiple blade changes.

The GM 340 from Flex- Elecktrowerkzeuge (Stand K10) is a mobile work station on which the manufacturer’s drywall sanders and dust extractors can be mounted. Flex states that it can be used with other brands of sanders and it facilitates work at height for extended periods.

Four Ashes Machinery’s GeoRipper (Stand L22) is a hand-held mini trencher tool that is designed for use on applications like drainage work, pipe-laying, cable installation and pruning tree roots. Available in 2- and 4-stroke versions, it can be used with 16in, 20in or 27in blades that are claimed to give up to 800m of trenching capability.

Also selected for Innovation Trail - Live is the DSH 600-X petrol cut-off saw from Hilti (Gt. Britain) (Stand D30). 

The Master DC61 from The Hire Supply Co (Stand E42) is an infrared portable battery diesel heater that can work without mains power. Its 14V Lithium-ion battery operates for four hours on a full change, recharging in 60 minutes, and its tank holds fuel for seven hours running time. It can also be powered from a 110V or 240V supply if available and can be connected to a room thermostat. An anti-tilt switch, electronic flame control and fuel level indicator are incorporated.

Another Innovation Trail - Live product is the 19C-1E electric mini excavator from JCB Sales (Stand F40). Designed to meet growing demand for environmentally friendly machines, it produces no emissions and makes minimal noise as it is battery powered, meaning it is suitable for work in urban location, in tunnels and underground. It operates independently of a fixed cable and is claimed to be able to perform over a full normal working day.

The DHR400ZKU from Makita UK (Stand C10) is a cordless SDS Max rotary demolition hammer powered by two of the manufacturer’s 18V LXT Lithium-ion batteries, giving 36V for increased productivity. Offering 8.0 Joules of impact energy, it is claimed to be able to make a 40mm hole in concrete, and when drilling it has a quoted HAV level of 5m/s2, or 4.5m/s2 when breaking. The tool can also be paired wirelessly to a compatible dust extractor.

As its name suggests, the MGTP 10000 Solar Hybrid-Gen from MHM Plant (Stand H40) is a hybrid site generator providing 10kVA via a combination of sunlight and battery power with a small backup diesel engine. It has an adjustable roof-mounted solar panel and various socket outlet combinations are available. In engine mode it emits 62dBA at 7m, and is silent when running on battery power.

Also being presented in Innovation Trail - Live will be the SMC TL60 Solar Trolley from Morris Site Machinery (Stand F30). This is a compact solar powered light designed to meet demand for sustainable products and for easy deployment, producing no noise and zero emissions. The machine has three 45W 12V polycrystalline solar panels powering a lead acid battery and giving 16 hours of continuous operation from a 30W floodlight. The panels fold and the trolley mounted unit, which weighs 230kg, is easily manoeuvred.

Completing the line-up of ten Innovation Trail - Live products will be the ElectroStart range from the Sealey Group (Stand L14). Unlike other jump starters, it does not have a battery inside, running instead on ultra-capacitors and using patented electronics designed to maximise a discharged battery’s voltage. The manufacturer states that the units energise themselves in two minutes and require just 5V to jump start a vehicle. The compact products fit in a glovebox, says Sealey.

The other 11 products that await your inspection on the Innovation Trail are: the E-Air 250 electric compressor from Atlas Copco Power Technique (Stand G12); the Flexmover electric trolley from CLM Construction Supplies (Stand I16); the Securi-Panel tower base guard from Euro Towers (Stand E22); the SWO7600 Fusion Pulse welfare unit from Genquip Groundhog (Stand H10); the portable Greenlee Shear 30T from Klauke UK (Stand K66) for cutting strut and threaded rod; the Traker T85HT tracked dumper from C&F Dumpers/Parkway Plant Sales (Stand K56); the AS Motor 1040 YAK ride-on flail mower from Ready4Rent (Stand F10); the Westermann Weed Ripper from SPA Power Machinery/Easy Petrol Post Driver (Stand A86); the TrapJumper inspection camera system from Scanprobe Techniques (Stand M2); the Beaver 10.07 remote carrier from Tracked Carriers (Stand L8); and the Platinum pipe cutter blade from Trojan Construction Products (Stand K22).