Komatsu: World-Class and Cost Effective Machinery

Komatsu is a name that is synonymous with high quality heavy machinery that gets the job done every time. If you are looking for the most reliable and rugged construction machinery then you should probably make that next excavator for sale that you find one from this. Its construction equipment for sale are made to the highest specifications and are put through rigorous testing before they are sold to the public. It’s time to take a closer look at the Komatsu brand and its impact on South Africa.


The history of Komatsu in South Africa

As a company, Komatsu strive to be the leading earthmoving manufacturing company on the African continent. They seek to achieve the highest level of production support and want to add value to every single person who buys Komatsu equipment.

The company first began trading in South Africa through the Illings Company which was an import/export company. In 1962, Illings first showcased the D80-6 Komatsu Dozer which definitely seemed to get the local agricultural industry buzzing. It opened their first liaison office in Johannesburg in 1969.

Komatsu then bought 50 percent shares of a local construction machinery manufacturing giant and began trading under their own name. In 1997 the company established a subsidiary company in Botswana and then in Namibia in 1998. In 2003 and 2013 Komatsu South Africa received the president award which is the highest honor that the head office can give it subsidiaries for achievements in marketing and management.


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In 2012 this top notch manufacturer opened the multimillion rand Komatsu parts distribution center in South Africa which saw the company’s foothold on the African continent expand. Then in 2015 the company opened a world class technical training center which provided jobs and expertise to those that wanted to get into this industry.

PC400-8 Komatsu excavator

Excavators can be used for a multitude of functions from digging to moving heavy machinery around a construction site. The excavator can be seen on almost every construction site around the world and this particular excavator for sale is an industry leader. This machine was designed to give a very high production while still being low on fuel costs. The PC400-8 has excellent stability thanks to a large counterweight and it has a large digging force thanks to an option to temporarily increase the machine’s digging force by seven percent. The two mode steering for the boom arm is also very handy. You can either select the power dig option or the smooth boom operation. This gives the driver a lot of versatility and the ability to be precise and movement orientated.


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This Komatsu excavator is very easy to maintain and uses Komatsu parts that allow for long intervals between oil changes and comes standard with a fuel pre-filter. The way the parts are configured allow for easy isolation and repair, and the machine is equipped with EMMS monitoring systems that actively keep an eye on the health and wellbeing of the PC400-8 excavator for sale.

Inside the cab you will find a very comfortable operating area. The cab has been insulated from noise and vibrations. The displays are very clear and easy to use with many different safety features like an eco-assist operation gauge and an idle caution display.

To keep the operator safe there are many safety features like anti-slip plates and a pump room partition to stop oil from spraying onto the engine if the hydraulic hose fails.

PC400-8 Komatsu excavator specifications

Engine modelSAA6D125E-5
Net horse power Net: 257 kW + 345 HP @ 1900 rpm
Operating weight41 740 – 42 590 kg
Bucket Capacity1.30 – 2.20 m³
Drive methodHydrostatic
Swing speed9.1 rpm

Motorised GD675-5 Komatsu Grader

A motor grader is used to create flat, drivable surfaces on a construction site for other kinds of machinery to make use of. Komatsu has been developing their GD675 grader for a long time now and they have definitely come a long way since the grader’s inception.


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The updated transmission now has a non-stall function and has smoother operation at low speeds with increased control when using the blade. Mold board angles are now also possible with this machine as the wheel base has been extended to make maneuvering easier. This unit also comes with Komatsu’s dual mode transmission for either power or finesse.

The ease of serviceability is also a major draw card for this Komatsu grader for sale. The auto reversing fan easily cleans dust from the radiator cooler and fin and the power train components have a modular design that make swopping out single parts a very simple and easy process.

GD675-5 Komatsu Grader specifications

Engine modelSAA6D107E-1
Net horse power Net: 163 kW + 218 HP @ 2100 rpm
Operating weight15 955 kg
Maximum blade life above ground480 mm
Fuel tank capacity416 liters
Hydraulic output200 liters per minute
D65EX-16 Komatsu dozer

This bulldozer is a top class powerhouse with everything you could possibly want in a dozer. This Komatsu dozer for sale uses a SAAD114E turbocharged aftercooler diesel motor that gives off 155kW of power at 2017 HP. The dozer has amazing fuel economy and meets EPA tier 3 emissions. The D65EX-16 Komatsu dozer has a hydraulic drive radiator cooling fan that is automatically controlled and full wing engine covers for easy repairs. The parallel link undercarriage system gives much longer wear life and reduces maintenance costs.


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The new cab is quiet, comfortable and has automatic air conditioning with a fully adjustable arm rest. The hydrostatic steering system gives the driver very quick and smooth control over this marvellous piece of construction machinery.

In terms of productivity, the D65EX-16 uses a new Sigmadozer blade dramatically increasing productivity as the new design makes digging easier. The new design allows for greater retention at the center so soil holding increases and sideway spillage decreases.

D65EX-16 Komatsu Dozer specifications

Engine modelSAAD114E
Net horse power Net: 153 kW 205 Hp @ 1950 rpm
Operating weight19 510 kg
Minimum turning radius1.9 m
Fuel tank capacity415 liters
Komatsu parts

Construction machinery is designed to be rugged and durable but the nature of the work they do means that you will always have wear and tear on your machinery. As a machine ages it will need parts replaced. This manufacturer has you covered here with their Komatsu parts division. Komatsu stocks a wide range of new and remanufactured or maintained parts for your machines. Now you don’t have to worry at all about finding that new part when the time comes. Just pick up the phone, email or fax through your part’s queries straight to the company and they will sort you out in no time.


If you are looking for top notch construction equipment for sale then without a doubt the best brand to choose is Komatsu. Their massive range of equipment and parts will keep you coming back for more. If you need a place to find one then have a look at Truck and Trailer. There is a wide range or construction machinery from a Komatsu excavator for sale to a Komatsu dozer and everything in between.

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