N.Y.’s Kinsella Quarries Loads Up on Stone, Kawasakis

Fri February 09, 2007 - Northeast Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

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.

To meet the demands for its many products, last summer Thomas Kinsella, president of the Kinsella Quarries, took possession of a new Kawasaki 115Z 8-yd. loader. He had previously purchased a Kawasaki 95Z5 7-yd. loader, which served the company well for the past six years. Both loaders came from Tracey Road Equipment.

“Kawasaki has made tremendous strides in producing loaders for the aggregate market. For many years, a couple of loader manufacturers dominated the aggregate market,” said Kinsella.

“Over the last decade or so, we have seen major contractors and producers make the switch to Kawasaki. Some of the major producers that we are familiar with, including Morrissey in Philadelphia, Callanan Industries and Lancaster Development, have made the switch and have spoken highly to us about the experience.

“The Kawasaki 95Z5 has over 10,000 hours on it and we have had no significant issues. Kawasaki and Tracey Road Equipment have a long history of providing tremendous product support with our company. Our new machine, besides being larger, has a noticeably larger cab with increased visibility and our operators have commented on the machine’s ease of operation,” Kinsella said.

“When we made the decision to purchase a new loader, I was surprised to find that the resale value of our Kawasaki 95Z5 was just as high as its comparable competitors. We did not just automatically purchase another Kawasaki. We are very price conscious and we shop hard. Tracey Road Equipment offered us an excellent price and good delivery time, which is not always available when purchasing that size of a machine,” he explained.

The relationship between Kinsella and Tracey Road Equipment goes all the way back to 1976 when Jerry Tracey purchased D.W. Clark Equipment and used it to start Tracey Road Equipment.

“We have always been impressed with our dealings with Tracey Road Equipment. Jerry and his staff do whatever it takes to get the job done to our satisfaction. We know that if we have any issues Tracey Road Equipment will do whatever possible to keep us operating with little or no down time,” said Kinsella.

In addition to the Kawasaki loaders, Kinsella also owns a fleet of Freightliner and Western Star tri-axle trucks, which also were purchased from Tracey Road Equipment.

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. CEG

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