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Jason Knepp of Montgomery, Ind. was crowned a winner of operating a backhoe in the John Deere Operator Challenge.

John Deere Operator Challenge at World of Concrete

John Deere Operator Challenge at World of Concrete

  • Jason Knepp of Montgomery, Ind. was crowned a winner of operating a backhoe in the John Deere Operator Challenge.

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    Jason Knepp of Montgomery, Ind. was crowned a winner of operating a backhoe in the John Deere Operator Challenge.

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    Jason Knepp of Montgomery, Ind. was crowned a winner of operating a backhoe in the John Deere Operator Challenge.
  • Phil Wettstein of Congervill, Ill., also a 2011 Skid Steer Challenge winner, was a winner of operating a backhoe in the John Deere Operator Challenge.

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    Phil Wettstein of Congervill, Ill., also a 2011 Skid Steer Challenge winner, was a winner of operating a backhoe in the John Deere Operator Challenge.

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    Phil Wettstein of Congervill, Ill., also a 2011 Skid Steer Challenge winner, was a winner of operating a backhoe in the John Deere Operator Challenge.
  • Jake Jessop of Colorado City, Ariz. walked away a winner of the Excavator Challenge in the 2014 John Deere Operator Challenge.

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    Jake Jessop of Colorado City, Ariz. walked away a winner of the Excavator Challenge in the 2014 John Deere Operator Challenge.

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    Jake Jessop of Colorado City, Ariz. walked away a winner of the Excavator Challenge in the 2014 John Deere Operator Challenge.
  • Brian Swallo of Elkhart, Ind. was a first-time winner of the Excavator Challenge in the 2014 John Deere Operator Challenge.

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    Brian Swallo of Elkhart, Ind. was a first-time winner of the Excavator Challenge in the 2014 John Deere Operator Challenge.

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    Brian Swallo of Elkhart, Ind. was a first-time winner of the Excavator Challenge in the 2014 John Deere Operator Challenge.
  • Nacoma Oehme of Pittsburg, Kan. was named a winner in the 4WD Loader Challenge.

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    Nacoma Oehme of Pittsburg, Kan. was named a winner in the 4WD Loader Challenge.

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    Nacoma Oehme of Pittsburg, Kan. was named a winner in the 4WD Loader Challenge.
  • Ken Porisky of Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada won the 2014 4WD Loader Challenge. he was also the recipient of the 2012 and 2013 4WD Loader Challenge.

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    Ken Porisky of Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada won the 2014 4WD Loader Challenge. he was also the recipient of the 2012 and 2013 4WD Loader Challenge.

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    Ken Porisky of Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada won the 2014 4WD Loader Challenge. he was also the recipient of the 2012 and 2013 4WD Loader Challenge.

For more than 10 years, attendees of World of Concrete have put their skills to the test in the John Deere Operator’s Challenge. The competition puts the driver’s speed and accuracy to the test on a 4WD loader, skid-steer, backhoe, or excavator. For each event, the operator is timed and penalized for errors and not accomplishing a task. There were 203 competitions on the 444K 4WD loader, 196 on the 310SK backhoe, and a record-breaking 249 on the 50G excavator. Congratulations to the 2014 winners!

Excavator

  • Jake Jessop, Colorado City, Ariz.
  • Brian Swallow, Elkhart, Ind.
  • Ryan Lindberg, Fargo, N.D.

Backhoe

  • Carl Jessop, Colorado City, Ariz.
  • Phil Wettstein, Congerville, Ill.
  • Jason Knepp, Montgomery, Ind.

Loader

  • Ken Porisky, Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada
  • Nacoma Oehme, Pittsburg, Kan.
  • Jake Jessop, Colorado City, Ariz.