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Volvo SD45B drums up quality compaction

The SD45B soil compactor from Volvo Construction Equipment is the complete package, providing long-lasting performance and unmatched versatility to ensure a low total cost of ownership.

Packed with technologically advanced features, the SD45B adapts to the application and jobsite, helping the operator achieve the next level of performance.

The SD45B is designed for commercial and residential site development, utility installations, driveways and landscaping jobs. Providing up to 12 degrees of oscillation and 41 degrees of frame articulation in each direction, the SD45B offers the stability and versatility required to compact in confined areas. To optimize performance, the optional Volvo strike-off blade and padfoot shell kit further help to match the exact application and material type. 

The fully integrated traction system provides superior climbing capabilities, even on steep inclines or slippery surfaces. The system, combined with the NoSPIN® differential limits wheel or drum spin, improving productivity and safety.

Powerfully productive

Conexpo-2017-SD45B-drums-up-quality-compaction-02-1920x1400In addition to ensuring a versatile performance, the SD45B is also designed to drive down operating costs. The class-leading drum system enables the operator to achieve target density in fewer passes by combining a heavy drum weight, high amplitude (1.99 mm / 0.07 in) and high centrifugal force (93 kN / 21,132 lb). When the machine is returned to neutral, the vibration system automatically shuts off, preventing over-compaction and enhancing ease of operation.

The Volvo Tier 4 Final D3.3 engine delivers high torque at low engine speeds, providing good fuel efficiency without compromising power. When controls are inactive for more than five seconds, the automatic idle feature reduces the engine speed, further decreasing fuel consumption. During the work process, the passive regeneration cleans the filters automatically without any input from the operator or negative impact on performance.

Controlled compaction

Not only is the SD45B built to work hard, it also has operator safety and productivity at its core. The ROPS/FOPS certified canopy, for example, offers protection without restricting all-round visibility. To enhance comfort and ease of operation, all controls are ergonomically-positioned from the adjustable operator seat. Because the controls are of the same format found in Volvo’s larger single drum models, a greater pool of operators can intuitively control the SD45B.

Thanks to its compact size, the SD45B can be swiftly and safely moved around jobsites. The soil compactor can easily be loaded onto a transport vehicle without removing components. For added efficiency, the two-piece, clamp-on padfoot shell kit can be installed or removed in less than an hour.

Unmatched uptime

Efficient from the ground-up, the machine is designed for quick and safe serviceability, with minimal maintenance costs. As standard on B-series models, the single drum compactor’s tiltable platform and hinged engine allow for simple access to all major hydraulic components and service points. 

Volvo also offers a range of aftermarket services to avoid unscheduled downtime and better control costs. Solutions such as Genuine Volvo Parts, MATRIS diagnostic software and Customer Support Agreements help to ensure Volvo compactors maximize return on investment for their owners.

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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