Cementing its position in Ireland, Terex Trucks’ 28tonne articulated hauler, the TA300, has been selected for work in the country’s largest private quarrying company, Kilsaran.
The TA300 is said to have been showcasing its versatility and fuel efficient ways to Ireland’s leading concrete product supplier, Kilsaran, at its Gallstown Quarry located in Louth, in the border region of Ireland.
"The TA300 is an impressive truck: it’s fit for purpose, built to perform and not too complicated,” says Peter Ryan, site manager at the quarry.
“We use the truck for a couple of purposes, primarily for hauling material from our chip plant, bringing aggregates to our concrete and block-making facilities, and secondly, we put it to work doing the removal of overburden at the quarry, and some general housekeeping muck shifts around the site.”
Established in 1964 by Patrick McKeown, Kilsaran is a family-owned business that initially specialised in the production of sand and gravel. Its operation has grown substantially and the company is now renowned for creating a variety of construction materials including asphalt, road surfacing aggregates, and paving bricks.
With 16 modern facilities countrywide, Kilsaran acquired the Gallstown Quarry as a greenfield site in the early 1990s but has since transformed it into a fully-functioning quarry equipped with a concrete plant, block making-facility, crushing and screening, and washer plant.
Known for producing material with an unusually high polish stone value (psv), Kilsaran has grown into a progressive company over the last 50 years, while still maintaining the intimacy of a family-run business.
Kilsaran purchased the low-emission TA300 from Terex Trucks’ official dealer EMS after EMS took the machine to the Gallstown site for demonstration.
“EMS was very keen to position a truck in our company and to date, it’s been very positive,” says Ryan.
“This partnership is meaningful, it's much more personal, and EMS is particularly attentive.
“Terex Trucks has 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; EMS has the full support of Terex Trucks and that’s where we are with it.”
Seamus Flynn, sales director at EMS, says: “EMS is delighted to have Kilsaran as another satisfied customer to have purchased a Terex Trucks machine from us.
“In what has been a very challenging and competitive market, we’ve made great progress in the last two years with Terex Trucks in Ireland. These results have been achieved by Terex Trucks partnering very closely with EMS and our customers, and also the rock solid performance of the manufacturer’s products which have added value to our customers’ businesses.”
Built at the Motherwell factory in Scotland, the TA300 is fitted with a Scania DC9 five-cylinder 9.3litre engine running at 276kW and maximum torque of 1,880Nm.
Terex Trucks says this power is due to a drivetrain gear reduction that provides excellent rimpull, powering the articulated hauler up the steepest inclines and enabling increased operator control when conditions are at their toughest.
Transmission and engine exhaust brake retardation systems is standard, and the TA300 has a high capacity body.
At the Gallstown site the TA300 will clock up the hours working eight-hour shifts six times a week, loading and hauling aggregate from the static crushing plant and transferring it to the block and concrete-making facility.