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Construction & Plant

All Washed Out

Established in 1952, McHale Plant Sales Ltd is the sole distributor of Komatsu construction equipment in Ireland. But McHales have diversified over the years and now have many national agreements with major suppliers such as Kleeman, Atlas Copco, Merlo and most recently Zetor. All of which gives Pirtek Limerick Licensee Sean Howard plenty to work on.

Amongst the myriad of projects he completes for McHale, the adaption of a Komatsu D65 dozer must rate as one of the most unusual. McHales had particular issues with one machine as the engine-cooling fan constantly sucked soil into the belly plate of the machine as it worked in very soft and wet conditions. When the dozer came in for a service, McHale removed the belly plate, allowing Howard to fabricate a sprinkler system inside the belly. The 12 mm stainless steel system could then be connected to a pressure washer and the belly plate flushed out.

The simplicity and efficiency of the system impressed workshop manager Pat Shanahan. “As usual, Sean came up trumps and constructed a brilliant system for us. He used connectors off the shelf for the joints and welded the longer pipes for the job,” Shanahan explains. “Sean has also done a lot of work on a Komatsu 61PX dozer conversion we've been working on. He has just supplied the connectors for the ripper and provided all sorts of fittings when we extended the blade, raised the undercarriage and extended the pads and rollers. We've been a long-standing Pirtek customer because we can throw anything at Sean and his team including remote sites if we have a real problem. One job was an hour and a half drive away, and another meant a 10 minute walk from the service van. Nothing is too much trouble.”

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