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New SD115B compactor rolls with the punches

The new SD115B soil compactor from Volvo Construction Equipment is packed with advanced technology that adapts to the application and jobsite, however arduous, providing maximum versatility and performance.

Introducing the new SD115B soil compactor from Volvo Construction Equipment. This versatile and intelligent machine helps 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 also 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 new compactor can be set up in three different configurations and is available with a smooth or padfoot drum. The compactor can also be quickly and easily converted from a smooth drum by clamping on a padfoot shell – further improving versatility. 

Exceptionally efficient

The premium Stage IV-compliant Volvo engine delivers high torque at low rpm for lower emissions and decreased fuel consumption without compromising on power. ECO mode now comes as standard on the SD115B and can achieve up to a 40% reduction in fuel consumption by matching engine speed to operation mode. Furthermore, the new eccentric design provides quicker ramp-up speeds at lower pressure also for increased fuel efficiency. 

The passive regeneration automatically cleans the filters during normal operation without any input from the operator or negatively impacting on performance. Meanwhile the hydraulically-driven fan with variable speed draws power only when needed. Lower fan speeds reduce noise, resulting in greater operator comfort and a lower total cost of ownership.

Comfort and control

The SD115B also helps 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.

Robust and reliable

The new Volvo SD115B is also one of the most robust and durable soil compactors on the market, providing superb uptime and a long service life. The compactor features only the highest quality components, clever routing and a clean design. The heavy-duty drum, centre 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. All components and electronics have been moved into the cab and mounted on the rear wall to protect them from the elements. 

A tilting cab comes as standard 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.


Tiffany Cheng

Head of Brand, Marketing and Corporate Communication
Regions Asia and China
Volvo Construction Equipment

Åsa Alström

Head of Strategic Communications
Volvo Construction Equipment

Key specifications:

Model SD115B
Drum Smooth Padfoot
Engine power (kW / hp) 110 / 150 110 / 150
Operating weight w/ cabin (CECE) kg 11 743 11 900
Drum width mm 2 134 2 134
Vibration frequency
- low / high
Hz 30.8 / 33.8 27.5 / 33.8
Centrifugal force
- low / high
kN 208 / 258 208 / 258

The SD115B soil compactor is available in South Korea and Japan.