Construction Equipment Africa

Volvo adds Stage IIIA engines to SD115B, SD135B and SD160B soil compactors

The B-Series soil compactors from Volvo Construction Equipment are packed with advanced technology that adapts to the application and jobsite, however arduous, providing maximum versatility and performance.

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is to introduce a Tier 3/Stage IIIA engine option for its larger SD115B, SD135B and SD160B soil compactors. These versatile and intelligent machines help the operator to achieve as high a level of performance and efficiency as possible, whatever the demands of the job. Volvo’s advanced drum control system, for example, allows the operator – via an easy-to-use console – to adjust the frequency and amplitude, compensating for changing soil types and conditions. Two frequency settings come as standard but five can be included as an option. High or low amplitude can be selected to adjust the drum’s dynamic force based on the job and material depth. Meanwhile, the optimized centrifugal force and auto-vibration feature improve performance, ease of operation and productivity.

The traction system provides excellent climbing and traction capabilities in difficult applications, such as steep inclines or slippery surfaces, preventing wheel or drum spin for excellent gradeability, performance and productivity.

The compactors are available with both a smooth and padfoot drum. The smooth drum can quickly and easily be converted to a padfoot drum by use of a clamp-on shell – further improving versatility.

Comfort and control

The B-Series compactors also help to promote high operator efficiency and productivity thanks to the industry-leading cab with excellent visibility, grouped ergonomic controls and a comfortable environment. The ROPS/FOPS certified cab has floor to ceiling glass for a commanding view of the jobsite with clear sightlines down to the forward drum, while the fully adjustable seat rotates and slides to further enhance visibility and comfort. The new high-tech colour operator display, showing operational information and key diagnostics, is easily visible at all times even in bright sunlight.

SDB series

Robust and reliable

These compactors are also some of the most robust and durable soil compactors on the market, providing superb uptime and a long service life. The B-Series models feature only the highest quality components, clever hose and harness routing and a clean design. The heavy-duty drum, center joint and front frame components are engineered and manufactured for longevity and performance. The frames are welded and built from high quality steel with precise and consistent welds guaranteeing a strong structure. Several electronic components have been moved into the cab and mounted on the rear wall to protect them from the elements.

SDB series

A tilting cab is standard on the B-Series models to provide easy service access to all hydraulic components. The engine hood lifts electrically for extensive ground level access to the engine compartment. Maintenance and inspections can be conducted more efficiently with minimal downtime – increasing overall productivity and reliability.