Construction Equipment North America

Volvo CE Adapts Popular L180H Wheel Loader for Three-Pass Rehandling

For any wheel loader operator who has spent too much time trying to get just the right amount of material loaded into a truck, the ideal solution has arrived. Volvo Construction Equipment is showing a new version of a popular wheel loader tailored specifically to rehandling at World of Asphalt/Agg1.

Volvo L180H 3-Pass Rehandler Wheel Loader

Volvo took its tried-and-true L180H, swapped in larger 875/65 R29 tires and a long boom, added a rehandling counterweight, and created a new truck-loading variation called the L180 3-Pass Rehandler. The machine is smartly designed for rehandling applications, with a higher tipping load, better fuel efficiency and longer reach to fill a truck in three passes.

“We’ve had this concept in mind for several years, driven from conversations with our quarry and aggregate customers. The new L180 3-Pass Rehandler will take operators to the next level of loading efficiency. It’s exciting to introduce this game-changer to the market and see the response,” said Eric Yeomans, Product Manager — Wheel Loaders at Volvo CE.

The larger tires provide lateral traction and flotation, durability and resistance to cuts and impacts, a stable and comfortable ride and good fuel economy. The long boom brings an additional 675 lbf in breakout force and an additional two feet of dump clearance. The longer reach also allows the operator to stay farther from the truck while still dumping material into the center of it.

“The worst thing you can have is the load sitting toward one side of the truck, because when you drive around a corner you run the risk of the material spilling out,” said Yeomans.

Volvo L180H 3-Pass Rehandler Wheel LoaderThe machine’s configuration also decreases the risk of wheel spin and better protects the tires because operators can stay farther from the pile where the ground is less stable and away from rocks that can damage the tires.

“These tires are what we typically spec for our larger L220 and L260 wheel loaders, so the added traction and rimpull are really noticeable in the L180 size,” added Yeomans.

The rehandling counterweight allows for a bucket that is approximately 0.25 yd³ (0.19 m3) larger than that on a standard L180H. Customers can choose between four different buckets to find the right fit based on material density: 6.3 yd³, 6.8 yd³, 7.2 yd³ and 7.6 yd³ (4.8 m3, 5.2 m3, 5.5 m3 and 5.8 m3).

“The goal is to make three full bucket passes to maximize productivity and fuel efficiency,” said Yeomans. “No more wasting time on two full buckets and a partial bucket with a larger machine, or several passes with a smaller one.”

Cycle times are also improved by the higher reach because the operator doesn’t have to roll the bucket back to move away from the truck, especially when dumping the last bucket.

Ultimately, every second shaved off a cycle saves fuel and time, which can add up quickly. Having a slightly smaller class of machine can save owners on purchase and transport costs, and the optimizations can help operators improve their skills.

The L180 3-Pass Rehandler supports a variety of Volvo services, including Load Assist with On-Board Weighing, Connected Map and ActiveCare® Direct advanced telematics. It's also covered by the company's Lifetime Frame and Structure Warranty.

To see the new loader at World of Asphalt, stop by the Volvo booth, #1231.

The Volvo L180H Rehandler Wheel Loader

Check out our new L180H rehandler. We took our tried-and-true wheel loader and added new tires, a longer boom and a rehandling counterweight to give you maximum precision and productivity at your job site. Reduce cycle times and improve pile precision with this beast.

Key specifications

   L180H 3-Pass Rehandler
 Engine  Volvo D13J Tier 4 Final
 Gross power (hp / kW)  334 hp / 246 kW
 Rehandling bucket (y3/ m3)  7.2 y3 / 5.5 m3
 Dump clearance (ft. in. / m)  11 ft. 9 in. / 3.6 m
 Hinge pin height (ft. in. / m)  16 ft. 4 in. / 5.0 m
 Max bucket load (lbs / kg)  18,365 lbs / 8,330 kg
 Static tipping load – straight (lbs / kg)  44,820 lbs / 20,330 kg
 Static tipping load – at 35° turn (lbs / kg)  39,369 lbs / 17,980 kg
 Breakout force (lbf / kN)  49,008 lbf / 218 kN
 Operating weight (lbs / kg)  66,712 lbs / 30,260 kg
 Optional counterweight (lbs / kg)  2,513 lbs / 1,140 kg
 Tires  Bridgestone 875/65R29 VTS L3


Journalists wanting further information, please contact:

Gregg Hennigan

Marketing Communications
Volvo Construction Equipment North America

Dave Foster

Corporate Communications
Volvo Construction Equipment North America