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KOMATSU’S PC 138-10...THE ZERO TAIL SWING EXCAVATOR THAT ‘OWNERS WOULD HAVE WANTED KOMATSU TO BUILD’

 Somewhat unconventional in terms of its flush-tail design, the Komatsu PC138-10 is a mainstay of the Komatsu range and a model that their distributor in Ireland, Michael McHale, managing director, McHale Plant Sales of Birdhill says ‘points the way all excavators will go in the future as operational efficiency and health and safety considerations come to the fore.’

 
Versatile for land and site works, the PC138-10 is a mid-range machine that delivers benefits not immediately evident at first glance.
 
Under its skin, it boasts a number of major features of which every owner should be mindful – build quality and finish being high on the list. Other important factors influencing customer choice are its excellent fuel economy and high residual value retention – factors that Michael McHale believes should be taken into account when calculating overall cost and benefits.
 
But, it is in the twin areas of operational efficiency and in the field of health & safety and that the PC138-10 really scores. As every operator knows, the requirement to close-off roads and set up traffic detours is something every Local Authority and traffic enforcement agency would kill to avoid. With its flush tail, the PC138-10 gives contractors a head start, equipping them to go about their work causing the very minimum of disruption.
 
In cases where pipes are being paid and footpath work is being done, inconvenience could be reduced to a walk-around pathway for pedestrians while, in instances of road building and repair, the PC138-10 can help contractors to restrict themselves to a simple one-lane closure.
 
In congested cities and towns, nothing will attract the eye of a health and safety officer quicker than the sight of a revolving excavator tail.
 
In situations of that nature, the PC138-10, with its zero tail swing, puts contractors ahead of the curve - something that many would argue is its biggest and most valuable feature. For that reason alone, it could be argues that no contractor’s excavator inventory is fully complete without the inclusion of a PC138-10 or similar.
 
Internationally, the trend towards zero tail swing machines is growing – a factor that has no doubt driven Komatsu to place such emphasis on the PC138-10.
 
Weighted and counter-balanced on a par with any rival, the PC138-10 crawler excavator has a muscular appearance and a squat ‘ready to work’ posture. Its vital statistics equip it to tackle the toughest jobs. Powered by a 72.6kW/ 97.3HP engine, it has an operating weight in the 13.7t to 14.9t range, a 5.9m maximum digging depth and a maximum bucket capacity of 0.72m3.
 
Visible on numerous high-profile sites across Ireland, the PC138-10 comes equipped with latest Komatsu technology and Komatsu Care technical support.
 
Summing up its many attributes, Michael McHale said ‘had it not already existed, the PC138-10 is a machine that customers and operators would have wanted Komatsu to build’.
 
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