McHale Plant Sales


6 December 2018

The latest wheel loader to be added to Komatsu distributor McHale Plant Sales’ product offering is the all-new WA480-8 – a machine which their sales director, John O’Brien says is ‘a very important model and hugely popular amongst sand and gravel operators in Ireland.’ 



Unveiled for the first time at the Intermat show in Paris earlier this year, the WA480-8 is powered by a new EU State IV engine of 223kW/299HP at 2000rpm output delivering what Komatsu claims is an up to 15% better fuel consumption than the model it replaces. Operating weight is 26,870kgs while bucket capacity ranges from 4.9 – 5.9 cubic metres.


Its numerous new features include an air-suspended operator seat, new optional short lever steering, new gull wing type engine doors and new Komtrax 3G mobile communications with increased operational data.

Other items amongst a myriad of operational highlights are power and eco friendly additions, better all-round comfort, excellent stability and maneuverability, simple and convenient handling, easy maintenance and the full menu of Komtrax machine security features.

Komatsu WA480-8

In summary, O’Brien describes the WA480-8 as a ‘fully fit-for-purpose machine, equipped with industry-leading technology’.

‘Furthermore, it is backed by a responsive after-sales parts and service support team, totally focused on keeping machines working round-the-clock so productivity is delivered,’ he adds.