Hardware Show hits Las Vegas
Las Vegas — Opening day at the National Hardware Show brought the industry to Las Vegas for three days of networking, learning and, of course, products.
“This year is all about new,” said Rich Russo, VP of the National Hardware Show, in his opening remarks. That includes the show’s new branding, as well as “thousands of new products.”
Some 2,800 exhibitors were on hand to welcome the hardware industry to the show, which runs Tuesday through Thursday. Here are some of the visual highlights from the early going.
As the show goes, so goes business
The National Hardware Show is more than a show. It’s a business-building tool for the home improvement retailer — or any retailer who can benefit from knowledge of the latest home products, trends and best practices.
That’s one of the messages hammered home by the organizers of the 2018 National Hardware Show coming to Las Vegas from May 8 through 10.
“Now, more than ever, we’re focused on ensuring every single National Hardware Show attendee comes away with something new, exciting and informative to advance their business,” said Rich Russo, VP of the National Hardware Show.
With NHS’s My Show online planning tool and the NHS mobile app, attendees can build their plans for the 2018 National Hardware Show and start connecting with exhibitors now. When registering for the event, attendees will be asked to identify the types of products and manufacturers they are hoping to see. Once registration is completed, they’ll get exclusive access to My Show, the free online planning tool, allowing attendees to browse the thousands of exhibitors, mark favorites and even search for specific products.
“At its core, the National Hardware Show is the industry’s leading platform to preview, showcase and experience products, and that’s all thanks to the thousands of vendors, including some of the biggest names in the industry who participate in the Show,” Russo said.
One of those attendees is TJ Comstock, owner of Northwest Hardware in Billings, Mont. “I think it’s critical in today’s competitive environment, to take time away from your operation and gain a fresh perspective on where our industry is heading,” he said.
Worx ready to a cut into Las Vegas
The new 20V Worx circular saw with ExacTrack helps make cuts easier and precise.
At this year’s National Hardware Show, power tool and outdoor power equipment manufacturer Worx has something special planned.
In honor of its 13th year at the show, Worx will be showcasing 13 new products in Las Vegas.
Including a portable power cleaner and a mini-mower, Worx will be showing the new 20V 6-1/2 inch Circular Saw with ExacTrack.
Worx says what makes the saw with ExacTrack different is that it’s an integrated part of the saw’s shoe or base, making the guide easy to use and operate.
Homeowners who don’t own a circular saw will find this 20V circular saw extremely handy. To rip a sheet of plywood with ExacTrack, simply clamp 1x material to the desired width and mark the cut line. The 1x stock also functions like a fence on a table saw. Begin the cut with ExacTrack gliding right on top of the 1x stock for the duration of the cut. This makes long rip cuts easy for all skill levels. When not set for ripping, ExacTrack is returned to its standard position for cross-cuts and other cutting operations.
For homeowners who want to ensure precise rip cuts in plywood and other materials, we simplified the process,” said Sharon Blackwell, Worx product manager. “There’s no guess work or fumbling with accessories, ExacTrack is already onboard ready to use.”
The lightweight, compact saw is powered by a 20V 2.0 Ah Power Shar Max lithium battery and 3600 rpm (no-load) motor. The saw’s maximum depth of cut is 2 inches and bevel capacity is up to 50 degrees. The saw is ideal for DIY projects and remodeling jobs.
The saw also features a rubber overmold comfort grip and a spindle lock for fast and convenient blade changes. As part of the Worx Power Share program the 20V 2.0 Ah battery is compatible with more than two dozen Worx DIY and lawn and garden tools.
In addition to the saw, the kit includes one, 20V 2.0 Ah battery, a three-to-five hour charger, and a 24-tooth, carbide-tipped saw blade, covered by the Worx three-year warranty.