New ver­sion of 16-tonne loader proven for silage work

Irish Examiner - Farming - - NEWS - Ja­son Webb

The lat­est-gen­er­a­tion Ko­matsu WA320-8 wheel loader has ar­rived in Ire­land.

The ma­chine has pre­vi­ously proved it­self pop­u­lar amongst con­trac­tors for whom large vol­ume silage work is a ma­jor a c t i v i t y . D i s t r i b u t e d by McHale Plant Sales of Bird­hill and Rath­coole, the new ver­sion is at­tract­ing strong in­ter­est, with “a num­ber of deals in place ahead of the first cut of the sea­son”, ac­cord­ing to their gen­eral man­ager, De­nis McGrath. First de­vel­oped for use in quar­ries, ma­jor civil works and con­struc­tion projects, the WA320-8 is now avail­able as a pur­pose-built, agri­cul­ture and silage spe­cific loader. Per­form­ing as com­fort­ably in the silage pit, grain and feed store as it does on the ag­gre­gates and con­struc­tion site, t h e n ew Da s h 8 ve r s i o n em­bod­ies all of its pre­de­ces­sor’s recog­nised ben­e­fits such as higher pro­duc­tion, re­duced fuel con­sump­tion and im­proved op­er­a­tor com­fort. P o w e r e d by K o m a t s u ’ s lat­est ul­tra-low emis­sions EU Stage IV com­pli­ant en­gine tech­nol­ogy, the new wheel loader has an op­er­at­ing weight of 16,225kgs. De­liv­er­ing high lev­els of pro­duc­tiv­ity and ef­fi­ciency, its bucket has a ca­pac­ity of 2.6- 3.2 cu­bic me­tres, and a tip­ping load of 11.5 tonnes. It can be re­leased and re­placed with a 14ft wide fold- out rake, de­pend­ing on re­quire­ments.

The ser­vice in­ter­vals have been length­ened, and main­te­nance costs re­duced. Im­proved op­er­a­tor com­fort comes from its larger cab, with in­creased vis­i­bil­ity and leg space, cli­mate con­trol, heated air- sus­pended seat, and sin­gle- con­trol joy­stick with full func­tions. Other stan­dard fea­tures in­clude a wide core ra­di­a­tor with au­to­matic re­verse cy­cle, lim­ited slip dif­fer­en­tials axles, smooth ride boom sus­pen­sion, auto- lube sys­tem, and full light pack in­clud­ing front and rear Xenon lights.

In com­mon with other Stage IV machines, the Dash 8 has the lat­est Kom­trax telem­at­ics and is backed by Ko­matsu Care main­te­nance sup­port.

Ko­matsu’s first pur­pose-built, agri­cul­ture and silage spe­cific WA320-8 wheel loader, now avail­able from dis­trib­u­tor McHale Plant Sales.

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