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Volvo mid-size wheel loaders

By Adam Freill   

Construction Equipment Equipment Technology

(Photo courtesy of Volvo CE)

A pair of mainstays in the Volvo Construction Equipment mid-size wheel loader lineup, the L110H and L120H, have been given comprehensive makeovers. The latest versions of the two machines sport a new Volvo D8M 8-litre engine that offers 256 hp on the L110H and 272 hp on the L120H. Building on technology that’s been proven on the company’s larger wheel loaders, the new engine automatically regenerates while working.

The engine also features a new electric pump for priming the fuel system, making the process quicker and more convenient than with the former manual pump. When fuel gets to the engine, the company says operators can have confidence that it is clean thanks to new captive fuel filters that are designed to not only ensure good water separation but also help extend engine service intervals.

“I think every owner and operator will notice and appreciate the upgraded performance and efficiency,” said Chris Connolly, product manager for mid-size wheel loaders at Volvo CE. “They are popular models for a reason, and now they’re even better.”

The L110H and L120H wheel loaders feature an all-new ignition strategy similar to the company’s articulated haulers. The ignition key activates and powers the machine with no need to turn on the ground-level main switch at the start of every shift. This functionality also removes the risk of the battery dying overnight when the main switch is accidentally left on.

The ignition change benefits technicians as well with the inclusion of a lockout-tagout (LOTO), making it easier to lock the battery disconnect switch in the off position and prevent an unwelcome energy release when performing maintenance.

These models will be the first Volvo medium wheel loaders to include the new-generation Co-Pilot tablet and on-board weighing as a standard feature. The screen in the cab will display Load Assist applications like on-board weighing, operator coaching, tire pressure monitoring and more. The Co-Pilot can also connect with phones for hands-free calling and audio playback, and it includes high-definition camera feeds, warning sounds for safety, and radar detect and collision mitigation systems. Operators can customize the home screen with their favourite apps and settings.

The wheel loaders still include the features and benefits that popularized the line, while supporting bucket sizes from 3.2 to 12.4 cubic yards (2.4 to 9.5 m3).




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