The crossover relationship that has developed between certain items of farm machinery and those used in construction, waste processing and materials handling is something that McHale Plant Sales will showcase at the National Ploughing Championships.
For contractors fixed on expansion into other revenue earning fields of activity beyond the traditional income that tillage and harvesting brings, McHale Plant Sales will be exhibiting a number of machines for which multiple uses exist across the farming and agricultural contracting sector. Specifically, these include machines equipped to handle applications whereby contractors could make profitable use of time during what might otherwise be valley periods.
Prominent amongst them will be the Komatsu WA320-8 heavy-duty wheel loader and its new smaller brother, the WA100-8. Fully-specified and fitted for agricultural use, they come with interchangeable front bucket and fork attachments ideal for silage harvesting, pit building and grain harvesting. In addition, units on show that can be used in the off-season for many other material handling duties will be Komatsu’s range of midi and mini diggers, and the even more robust, short-tail swing PC138US-11, one of Ireland’s best-selling excavators.
With the Government’s Climate Action plan likely to bring a growth in forestry, opening up another route to new business for some, McHale is planning to show a model from its timber harvesting or forwarding range, and possibly both.
On show too will be a number of models from the versatile Merlo Turbofarmer range – models that are fast becoming the telehandler of choice on many Irish farms. Straddling the divide between tractor and load-lifter, this highly adaptable machine has a tractor-like rear with towing hooks type-approved for agricultural use, an on-road speed of 40 km/h with the option of being registered as an on-road tractor. Speed and cruise control and an inching function are amongst its other features. Alongside will be units from the newly-launched Merlo Panoramic and Roto construction ranges.
Last but not least is the Terex Ecotec range of shredders, screeners and material handlers for which McHale Plant Sales are also the go-to people. At home in waste management and recycling applications, these versatile machines are likely to attract attention from visitors whose sights see other uses for them.