Terex Trucks make a solid move in Ireland
Kilsaran purchase new TA300 articulated hauler for demanding hauling duties at Gallstown Quarry
A TEREX Trucks TA300 articulated hauler has been selected for work at Ireland’s largest private quarrying company – Kilsaran.
Founded in 1964 by Patrick McKeown, Kilsaran are a family-owned business that initially specialized in the production of sand and gravel. The company’s operations, however, have grown substantially over the years and it has now cemented its position in the market as one of Ireland’s leading construction materials firms, supplying a range of products including asphalt, aggregates and paving bricks.
With 16 modern facilities countrywide, Kilsaran acquired Gallstown Quarry, located south-east of Dunleer, in Co. Louth, as a greenfield site in the early 1990s but have since transformed it into a fully functioning quarry equipped with crushing and screening equipment, a washing plant, a concrete plant and a block making-facility.
Kilsaran decided to strengthen their fleet of mobile plant and equipment with the addition of the 28-tonne TA300 articulated dumptruck after authorized Terex Trucks dealers EMS delivered the machine to Gallstown Quarry for a demonstration, at which point it quickly won favour with the operators.
‘The TA300 is an impressive truck – it’s fit for purpose, built to perform and not too complicated,’ commented quarry site manager Peter Ryan. ‘We use the truck for a couple of purposes: primarily for hauling material from our chip plant and bringing aggregates to our concrete and block-making facilities; and secondly, we put it to work on the removal of overburden at the quarry ¬and some general housekeeping muck shifts around the site.’
He added: ‘EMS were very keen to position a truck in our company and to date they’ve been very positive. Terex Trucks have also been of great assistance since we got the machine. They want to look after us and they want to see that we’re happy.’
Built at Terex Trucks’ Motherwell factory, in Scotland, the TA300 ADT is designed to power through the toughest environments efficiently with good fuel economy. The machine is powered by a five-cylinder Scania DC9 engine, which develops gross power of 276kW (370hp) and maximum torque of 1,880Nm. This power is due to a drivetrain gear reduction that provides excellent rimpull, powering the articulated hauler up the steepest inclines and providing increased operator control when conditions are at their toughest.
Transmission and engine exhaust brake retardation systems both come as standard on the ADT, while a high-capacity body offers increased productivity. In addition, the TA300 features fully independent front suspension as well as a spacious ergonomic cab to provide commanding views and high-levels of operator comfort.
The machine is expected to work 8h shifts, six days a week, loading and hauling aggregates from the static crushing plant and transferring material to the block and concrete-making facilities. Mr Ryan commented: ‘The TA300 is performing well and it’s doing exactly as we’d expect from a relatively new truck.’