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LM 218

BM-Volvo LM 218 / Bolinder-Munktell LM 218

A successor to the H-10 was the LM 218. It was first presented in 1959 and became a great export product. As a matter of fact, it initiated the export of construction equipment as a whole.

A great step forward was taken with LM 218. It left the tractor stage behind once and for all. It was designed and built as a wheel loader from the start. Now the wheel loaders also gained their characteristic yellow color.

Despite its small size, it could beat larger machines. Much thanks to the construction of the lift arm system and the engine - a high torque Bolinder with outstanding protracted characteristics.

The LM 218 TD had a Twin Disc fluid drive for smooth transmission of the engine torque to the driving wheels. This limits wheel spin and gives the operator a possibility to drive slowly while operating the bucket without stalling the engine.

LM 218 specifications
Engine BM 1113
Engine output (SAE), kW (hp) 46 (63)
Tip. load, kg 2 400
Bucket volume, m3 0,6–2,1
Tires front 16.9-30/10
Tires rear 9.00-20/10
No. of driven wheels 2
Weight, kg 5 400
Production no. 8 328
Production year 1959–1970