Komatsu is right behind Caterpillar in the list of the world's largest manufacturers of mining and construction equipment. There are some interesting trivia involved in its history, as with almost all of the history of heavy equipment manufacturers. This Shop Talk Blog post takes a look at some interesting tidbits of trivia about this leader in heavy, compact, and off-road equipment.
Takeuchi and Komatsu are related.
From there, Komatsu began to focus on agricultural and mining equipment. Their first agricultural tractor was manufactured in 1931, and their first
Komatsu makes the world's biggest dozer
The title for the world's largest production bulldozer goes to the Komatsu D575A. There are two popular models of this monster: the D575A-3, which weighs almost 290,000 pounds and serves bulldozer/ripper, and the D575A-SD, which weighs in at almost 330,000 pounds and is a dedicated bulldozer referred to as the Super Dozer. This mega-dozer has 1,150 horsepower and is so large is had to be disassembled to be moved.
Komatsu is an incredibly diverse manufacturer.
Komatsu's line of products includes dozers, excavators and shovels, wheel loaders, motor graders, articulated dump trucks, rigid dump trucks, tunnel boring machines, forklifts, and rough terrain cranes. In addition, Komatsu has a large line of forestry equipment including harvesters (and tracked harvesters), tracked feller bunchers, and specialized forestry excavators. Komatsu also makes compact equipment: compact excavators, backhoe loaders, and skid steer loaders.
None of that surprises you, but this might: Komatsu also manufactures large presses (such as those used to manufacture automobile doors), sheet metal forming and cutting machinery, excimer lasers for lithography, and machine tools for making everything from auto engines to liquid crystal panels.
The name Komatsu has an ironic meaning.
Komatsu was named after a city in the Ishikawa prefecture of Japan. The word ko
Whether you are in construction, mining, demolition, forestry, or even agriculture, chances are that you have seen Komatsu machines at work. These powerful machines have a solid reputation, and when something goes wrong replacement Komatsu parts are not hard to come by. Komatsu remains one of the most popular off-road equipment brands on the market for a very good reason.
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