The L150H, L180H and L220H wheel loaders from Volvo Construction Equipment are suitable for a wide range of applications – from re-handling, slag handling, timber handling and block handling to recycling, tunneling and extraction. These versatile loaders are fitted with a choice of specialist Volvo attachment – including forks and grapples as well as re-handling, rock and general purpose buckets – to achieve optimum uptime and profitability from each machine. The attachments are planned as an integral part of the wheel loader with functions and properties ideally matched to minimize energy losses and increase productivity. For example, the optimized shape of Volvo’s re-handling bucket – featuring a spill guard, side cutters and fewer edges to trap material – facilitates faster and more effective bucket fill – leading to fuel efficiency improvements of up to 10%.
The productivity of the buckets, in particular, is further enhanced by the optional Boom Suspension System (BSS) which absorbs shock and reduces spillage when travelling over rough ground – as well as increasing machine life and operator comfort. Even without the BSS, however, the operator still enjoys a pleasant ride thanks to a comfortable seat and vibration protection inside the spacious ROPS/FOPS certified cab.
Comfort is key
A comfortable operator is a productive operator, which is why the Volvo H-Series wheel loaders have been designed for the ultimate in operator comfort. Internal noise levels are kept to a minimum, while a cab air filter ensures a clean and unpolluted work environment. Fresh air enters the filter system through an intake located high on the machine, where the air is cleanest, and passes through an easy-to-replace pre-filter that prevents coarse dust particles from clogging the main filter. The industry-leading design allows 90% of the cab air to be recirculated through the filter for effective continuous dust removal.
To limit operator fatigue, all the controls and information panels have been ergonomically positioned. For ease of operation, the optional multi-function joystick gives the operator simultaneous and precise control of the hydraulic functions. The machine’s vital information – such as fuel and oil levels – is displayed on an easy-to-read screen that is clearly visible from the operator seat even in bright sunlight. Basic configurations and tests can be performed without the operator having to move from their seat.
Efficient and environmental
Not only are the Volvo H-Series wheel loaders exceptionally productive, they are also remarkably fuel efficient. Featuring Volvo’s latest Tier 4 Final/Stage IV engine technology, the loaders meet strict emissions legislation while delivering high performance and low fuel consumption. The fuel efficiency of the machine’s D13J engine is subsequently enhanced by the perfectly-matched Volvo powertrain and intelligent hydraulics, which supply power only on demand. The load-sensing hydraulics also ensure fast response for outstanding control over the load, as well as shorter cycle times.
To further reduce fuel consumption and cycle times, the Automatic Power Shift (APS) and Fully Automatic Power Shift (FAPS) functions automatically adjust the machine gears in line with engine speed and travel speed. Another intelligent feature, the Reverse-By-Braking (RBB) function, automatically applies the service brakes when the operator changes the direction of the machine. This not only conserves fuel but also reduces stress on the drivetrain, thereby extending component life. Meanwhile, Volvo’s Optishift technology combines the RBB function with a lock-up torque converter to create a direct drive between the engine and the transmission, eliminating power losses in the torque convertor and reducing fuel consumption by up to 18%. The Eco pedal further reduces fuel consumption thanks to a mechanical push-back force which encourages the operator to ease off the throttle when the engine rpm is about to exceed the optimum operating range.
Service made simple
Built for ultimate fuel efficiency, owners of an H-Series wheel loader may notice a significant decrease in fuel expenditure. Owners may also notice a decrease in expenditure on servicing and replacement parts, thanks to the machine’s durable and low-maintenance design. The batteries are maintenance-free, as are the rear axle cradles, which are fitted with greased-for-life bushings and bearings. Machine wear is reduced thanks to an optional, automatic lubrication system that can be adjusted according to application. Meanwhile, a hydraulically-driven cooling fan maintains the machine’s vital components at optimum operating temperature. The fan activates automatically only when needed to limit fuel consumption and noise – and can be reversed to allow self-cleaning of the cooling units.
Daily service checks can be carried out quickly and simply, thanks to grouped service points, helping to achieve maximum uptime from the machine. To make access to the vital components even easier, the entire cab can now be tilted through 35° or 70° via a hydraulic pump, while the wide engine hood opens electronically – the operator or technician does not require any assistance.
On the rare occasion that a Volvo wheel loader requires more attention than a routine service check, Volvo experts are always on hand to provide specialist advice via an extensive infrastructure of dealers and technicians. Combining local knowledge with global experience, Volvo is able to supply a whole range of customer solutions – from genuine Volvo parts to advanced machine monitoring technology – for reduced total cost of ownership and increased profitability throughout the entire life of the machine.