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McHale Plant Sales Ltd

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County Co. Tipperary
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About McHale Plant Sales Ltd

McHale Plant Sales Limited was established in 1952. Over quarter of a century ago, the nature and character of our company was transformed when we were appointed distributors in Ireland for the Komatsu range of construction equipment. Due in large measure to our work with Komatsu, McHale Plant Sales has acquired a strong profile amongst contractors and others working in building and construction, civil works and engineering. Proud to represent an enviable cross-section of the world’s leading machinery manufacturers, the products we represent today give us a strong presence across a wide and diverse field of activity.

Headquartered in the mid-west village of Birdhill, near Limerick, and on the east coast at Rathcoole, close to Dublin, McHale Plant Sales has a footprint that extends across the entire island of Ireland, north and south. McHale Plant Sales is Owner-managed by Michael McHale, Tim Shanahan and John O’Brien, their stewardship and strong customer-focused spirit have been to the fore in helping the company build a strong position in the sector. We fully understand what it is our customers and suppliers expect of us, and we delight in working with them and being part of their success.

Mission Statement
To be seen as the No. 1 Service support group of Construction Plant equipment in Ireland.
To achieve this we have put in place systems that allow us as a team to respond effectively to customer issues. Our motto is ''Customer support through continuous improvement''.

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Service Department
The Service Department Personnel are highly experienced and all our Field Service engineers are trained to the highest standards in specialists applications and product maintenance of all the brands we represent. The McHale Plant Sales Service department consists of comprehensive field service and workshop service operations based at our Tipperary and Dublin Depots. This ensures that we provide efficient service throughout Ireland. We use only genuine OEM parts (Original Equipment Manufacturer) in all our repairs and services. This ensures that the highest quality of work is carried out every time.

Parts Profile
At McHale Plant Sales we know that your time is valuable, and our highly experienced people are always on hand to assist you in any way possible. With our state of the art parts stocking system and a large investment in our parts inventory our goal is to have 100% next day parts availability. At our newly built Dublin Depot, working in conjunction with our nationwide service center in Birdhill, Co. Tipperary the aim of McHale Plant Sales is to get you back up and running as soon as possible.

To further enhance our capability and availability of parts we are backed up by Komatsu Parts distribution Centre in Vilvoorde, Belgium.

All McHale Plant Sales parts personnel are trained in product, application and maintenance requirements of all of our brands, and we look forward to working with you to achieve the maximum efficiency from your Komatsu, Metso, Merlo or Terex-Ecotec Machine.




Two new Komatsu excavators, both with latest generation iMC 2.0 intelligent machine control, have been introduced on the European market.

In Ireland – where Komatsu is distributed by McHale Plant Sales of Birdhill and Rathcoole – focus will fall on the PC360LCi-11 version, the second model offering being its PC360NLCi-11 stable mate.

Singularly one of the most valuable advances in machine operation, the intelligent machine control offered in the PC360LCi-11 is said by Komatsu to offer high productivity earthmoving and precision grading in a single complete package.

Representing what they call ‘a step change in machine utilisation’, the newcomer builds on the success of Komatsu’s pioneering fully factory-integrated machine control in a way that McHale Plant Sales director, John O’Brien says “will allow more customers to experience the benefits that intelligent machine control offers”.

Key features are operating weights ranging from 35,770kg to 36,850kg; maximum recommended bucket capacity of 2.66m3; and power output of 202kW / 271HP @ 1950rpm from a fuel-efficient, EU Stage V Komatsu engine.

Others include new Auto Tilt Control and Bucket Angle Hold features. Using Auto Tilt, operation on slopes and ditches is easier. Automatically, the bucket tilts to the design surface with no need for the operator to manually intervene. Under-digging is limited automatically and bucket fill increased. With Bucket Angle Hold, once selected the bucket is automatically held at the desired angle through a grading pass as the arm moves in.

Slimmer (36%), lighter (38%) and more compact, the iMC 2.0 monitor – with its ‘smartphone-like’ screen navigation features – comes with increased memory capacity and lightning-fast processing speed. A new IMU sensor facilitates the use and integration of a variety of tilting buckets. Additionally, connection can be made remotely and project design files transferred through a Smart Construction Remote subscription.

Other intelligent machine control features carried over into the new PC360LCi-11 and PC360NLCi-11 models are Auto Stop Control, Auto Grade Assist and Minimum Distance Control.

Commenting, McHale’s John O’Brien said: “using an iMC equipped machine for grading purposes alongside its other functions, customers can redeploy their other equipment in order to better optimise fleet usage on the jobsite”

“Now, with their availability in Ireland, models factory-fitted with the new iMC 2.0 technology are available to an even wider body of customers who can gain advantage from the benefits that intelligent machine control brings,” he added.

As Italian-made Merlo telehandlers continue to gain in market appeal, yet another new model has arrived on the market here, this time a top-of-the-line TF65.9T-170-HF Turbofarmer variant whose appeal will be almost equally shared among farm buyers, industrial and construction users.

Said by Denis McGrath, general manager of Merlo distributors, McHale Plant Sales to be ‘the best choice in every field’, the new, more powerful, more highly-equipped TF 65.9 is a unit equally at home on the farm, in the grain store or as part of a farm contractor’s fleet as it will be in a construction or industrial setting.

Attired in its familiar Merlo-green livery, the new, high capacity TF65.9T-170-HF range comprises three model variants. Beginning with the TF65.9 unit, it includes a TF65.9TCS-170-HF and range-topping TF65.9TCS-170 CVTRONIC-HF choice.

All powered by a Stage V compliant 4.5-litre, 4-cylinder, 125 kW- 170 hp turbo diesel engine with DPF and SCR system, attributes include a maximum lifting capacity of 6,500 kg, a maximum lifting height of 8.8m, and a top speed of 40 km/h.

Other stand out features include hydrostatic transmission, EPD electronic control, load sensing hydraulics, transversal levelling, and a spacious 1,010mm wide FOPS and ROPS-certified modular cab with best-in-class visibility.

Underlining its multi-use versatility, the TF65.9 can be equipped with fork lifts, work cage, materials grab and bale clamps, loader bucket, crane hook and cables and other boom attachments alongside down-to-earth cleaning brushes, snow blade, and suchlike.

Compact dimensions increase the new unit’s manoeuvrability while two front and two rear cab-mounted halogen-type work lights add to its versatility. Other features setting it apart are its electronic joystick control with capacity sensor and its ASCS safety system.

On a 10-inch colour screen, operators can access a range of key data: items such as load and stability, the geometric limits of machine use, speed and adjustment of hydraulic settings, and information on the amount of loads handled is recorded and stored – updated in real time, according to operating conditions.

Safety-wise, an integrated safety system controls operating parameters while a ‘load control’ system automatically detects the attachment being used and configures the machine’s boom extension and angle and other control variants accordingly.


An appeal has been made to Minister for Finance, Pascal Donoghue TD to consider the introduction here of new tax reliefs on qualifying capital asset investments in plant and machinery comparable to those introduced by UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak in his recent Budget.

The appeal has been made in a letter to Minister Donoghue from construction equipment distributor, McHale Plant Sales of Birdhill and Rathcoole, representatives in Ireland for leading manufacturers Komatsu, Metso Outotec, Terex Ecotec and Merlo.

Amongst provisions contained in the new UK regulations, operative from April, is one whereby companies investing in qualifying new plant and machinery assets can benefit from a new temporary tax arrangement that delivers a 130 percent first-year capital allowance – greater in many cases than the purchase price of the machinery itself.

Designed to stimulate business investment, the measure increases the incentive to invest in plant and machinery by offering higher rates of relief than were previously available.

From an economic viewpoint, the UK’s HM Revenue & Customs service is definite in its description of the benefit that the measure is expected to bring. In explanatory information accompanying its introduction, it states that the new arrangement ‘will have a positive impact on business investment…by reducing the tax-adjusted cost of capital for millions of companies, large and small, investing in qualifying plant and machinery assets’.

In its letter to Minister Donoghue, McHale Plant Sales finance director, Liam Foley expressed his company’s support for the measure, going on to encourage the Irish Government to introduce a similar provision here ‘in its next Budget or at such earlier opportunity as may present’.

‘In circumstances whereby Covid-19 has brought about a halt to major infrastructural development and a virtual closure of the house building and construction sectors – with all of the consequential losses this has brought to companies operating in the plant and machinery business – the introduction here of an equally attractive provision would be one that would bring great benefit and stimulate employment in the sector,’ Mr. Foley said.

“Moreover, it would level the playing field between here and Northern Ireland and remove any cross-border sales and marketing imbalances that might arise and could impact negatively on locally-based distributors,” Mr. Foley added.

A sense of optimism and a belief that ‘better times are ahead’ is being felt throughout the construction plant sector, reflected in a willingness on the part of leading contractors to invest in new machinery, despite the many restrictions that the industry has had to endure over the past 12 months.

That is the view held by one major multi-franchise distributor, McHale Plant Sales, whose sense of what is happening within the industry can be measured across a number of sectors in which the company has interests. In addition to construction equipment as reflected in their work on behalf of Komatsu and Metso Outotec, they include also waste processing (with Terex Ecotec), forestry (with Komatsu Forest) and farm and agricultural contracting (with Komatsu and Merlo).

Indications that there is an element of buoyancy in the market at the present time and that a ‘rebound in demand is already on the cards’ are evident in a number of major Komatsu deals recorded by McHale in recent times.

Sales of the popular PC138US-11 excavator include deals with Maveric Construction, FIMA developments, Greenogue Recycling, and Tullamore-based Tower Civil Engineering – the latter fitted with a latest generation Topcon semi-autonomous positioning system – now also part of the McHale product offering.

Other excavator deals include a PC210LC-11 to Greenvalley, a PC360LC-11 to McSweeney Bros, and a 70tonne, PC700LC-11 to Kilsaran Concrete for work at its Gallstown facility near Dunleer.
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