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Wed February 13, 2013 - Northeast Edition
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The new wash plant at Kinsella’s quarry created the need to add a loader to the fleet.
The new wash plant at Kinsella’s quarry created the need to add a loader to the fleet.
The new wash plant at Kinsella’s quarry created the need to add a loader to the fleet. Kinsella Quarries’ Kawasaki 95Z5 is still purring like a kitten with 25,000 hours of operation and no major failures. Kinsella’s brand new Kawasaki 95Z5-2 gets introduced to its cousin, the 2002 model 95Z5. (L-R) are Scott Collins, vice president of sales of Tracey Road Equipment; Doug Eaton, equipment operator of Kinsella Quarries; and Thomas Kinsella, president of Kinsella Quarries.

You wouldn’t be wrong if you said Doug Eaton and the 2002 Kawasaki 95Z5 he operates have aged together. Eaton, who has worked at Kinsella Quarries since he was 16 years old, has spent 20,000 hours operating this loader, which has more than 25,000 hours on it.

When the time came to add to its fleet, Kinsella knew it couldn’t go wrong with another 95Z5.

“We needed to add to our fleet or I never would have made this purchase,” said Thomas Kinsella, Kinsella Quarries’ president. “The old loader is operating just fine.”

And by fine Kinsella means running daily, continuous operation for five or six days a week, every week, and never having experienced a major failure during its 25,000 hours in service.

“Some time ago we noticed that there was a trend toward cleaner aggregate product being specified for local construction projects,” Kinsella said. “We have also started to see some very specific aggregate blends being specified, which we had not experienced in the past.

“We have had quite a few projects in the area such as athletic fields and green infrastructure areas where the ideas is to have less water run off,” he added. “To achieve that specialty washed sands are necessary. We made the decision that if we were going to maintain our percentage of the market for aggregate products in central New York that we needed to make a major investment in some stone washing equipment to better serve our customers. We worked with a local equipment supplier to set up a plant that included equipment from Grasan, Diester, Universal and Greystone to assemble a state of the art wash plant. To feed this plant we made the decision to purchase a new Kawasaki 95Z.”

Kinsella looked hard at cost of operation. To determine that, he considered initial investment, fuel consumption, maintenance cost and longevity. After reviewing all of these factors it became clear to him that he should stick with Kawasaki. He subsequently purchased a new Kawasaki 95Z5-2.

Kinsella’s local Kawasaki distributor is Tracey Road Equipment.

“We have a relationship with Tracey Road Equipment’s founder, Jerry Tracey, that goes back to 1976,” he said. “Over the years, we have had tremendous customer support from both Kawasaki and Tracey Road Equipment. Kawasaki makes one type of product — wheel loaders — and their entire organization has been finely honed to specialize in designing and manufacturing the best loaders possible and supporting those loaders in a manner second to none.”

About Kinsella Quarries

Kinsella Quarries of Fayetteville, N.Y., has been serving the greater Syracuse area since 1967. The quarry’s primary product offerings include crushed stone, sized stone, washed sand and topsoil.

Long before Kinsella Quarries became an entity, there was JP Kinsella Coal Company founded by T.H. Kinsella’s, Thomas’ father. In 1939, T.H. extended the sale of hand-picked stone and top soil to go along with the coal that his father sold. T.H. and his young sons Tommy and John mined the earth to provide the raw material needed for the stone walls and foundations.

In 1960, John and Tommy introduced the use of a crusher and screen to the quarry’s operation. In the decades following T.H. Kinsella has become a major source of crushed stone for eastern Onondaga and western Madison counties while it continues to serve local municipalities, private contractors and homeowners.

For more information, visit www.thkinsella.com.