Terex Trucks’ articulated hauler, the TA300, has been showcasing its versatility and fuel efficient ways to Ireland’s concrete product supplier, Kilsaran, at its Gallstown Quarry located in Louth, in the border region of Ireland. “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,” says Peter Ryan, site manager at the quarry.
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 number 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.
Kilsaran purchased the low emission 28-tonne TA300 in January 2016. The TA300 is designed to power through the toughest environments efficiently with good fuel economy. Offering maximum return on investment, the machine is fitted with a Scania DC9 five cylinder 9.3 l engine running at 276 kW (370 hp) and maximum torque of 1880 Nm. 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 come as standard, while a high capacity body makes for excellent productivity due to the amount of material that can be moved in a single trip. In addition, the TA300 features fully independent front suspension, as well as a spacious ergonomic cab offering a commanding view and operator comfort. Suited particularly well to 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.