Tipperary-based dealer McHale Plant Sales is to display the latest from its Merlo, Komatsu construction and Komatsu forestry equipment range at this year’s National Ploughing Championships.

Showcased will be a number of models from the Italian-manufactured Merlo Turbofarmer and Multifarmer range. One model new to the show will be the heavy-duty Merlo TF65.9-170, which has proved a popular choice within the agri sector, according to the brand.

The Multifarmer MF34.7 and MF34.9 units are also expected to be on show – the Multifarmer is a unique offering in that it is equipped with a three-point rear linkage system.

The new Merlo Cingo tracked carrier will make its first appearance at the event.

The popular TF65.9-170 model is powered by a Fiat powertrain technologies (FPT) engine. This four-cylinder engine produces a sizeable 170hp. The handler weighs in at 11,200kg and boasts a 6,500kg lifting capacity.

With an 8.8m lifting range, the machine is equipped with Merlo’s in-house-designed CVTronic continuous variable transmission.

The CVTronic is hydrostatic and allows for continuous acceleration from 0km/h to 40km/h.

The Komatsu WA320-8 and WA80M-8 are two machines expected to be on display.

A number of construction models will also be showcased, including a full specification Roto 50.26S Plus and some models from the Panoramic range.

The recently introduced Merlo Cingo tracked carrier will also make its first appearance at the event. The step-on-and-drive Cingo is a highly versatile trailer-size dump truck with capacity to carry loads from 400kg to 1,200kg. Rapid coupling devices allow numerous different attachments to be used.


Representing the Komatsu brand will be the WA320-8 and a smaller model WA80M-8, two of the brand’s bestselling machines on the ag market.

The WA80M-8 loader is powered by a 72hp engine and has an operating weight of 5,995kg. As standard, the loader offers a maximum flow rate of 600l/min at 270 bar.

The new loader is equipped with a fully automatic hydrostatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels. The machine has an increased travel speed of up to 40km/h. The 40km/h transmission has three speed ranges – creep 0-10km/h, 0-15km/h and 0-40km/h. The loader is sitting on planetary rigid axles with automatic limited slip differentials in both axles and 100% locking differentials as an option.

Among other Komatsu exhibits will be a PC170LC-11 large excavator, a PC30MR-5 mini excavator and a PC138US-11 short tail swing model.

The Komatsu importer will also display an 800 series timber forwarder at the event.