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Two of Volvo’s popular mid-size wheel loaders receiving ugrades

May 22, 2024  By  Mike Lacey


The 20-ton L110H and L120H sport new Volvo engines and upgraded electronics, plus a host of other features that support performance and uptime. Photo: Volvo Construction Equipment

SHIPPENSBURG, PA – Two Volvo Construction Equipment mid-size wheel loaders have received a makeover.

The L110H and L120H mid-size wheel loaders, workhorses of the Volvo Construction Equipment lineup over the past decade, have received upgrades focused on increased uptime and convenience for both operators and technicians.

“I think every owner and operator will notice and appreciate the upgraded performance and efficiency,” said Chris Connolly, product manager — mid-size wheel loaders, Volvo CE. “They are popular models for a reason, and now they’re even better.”

The highlight of the changes is the addition of the new Volvo D8M 8-liter engine that offers 256 horse power on the L110H loader and 272 horse power on the L120H loader.

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The D8M engine automatically regenerates while working — a technology that’s been proven on the company’s larger wheel loaders.

The engine also features a new electric pump for priming the fuel system, which Volvo states makes the process quicker and more convenient than with the former manual pump. As well, when the fuel gets to the engine, Volvo notes users can be confident it is clean thanks to new captive fuel filters. These not only ensure good water separation but also help extend engine service intervals to 1,000 hours.

The L110H and L120H wheel loaders feature a new ignition strategy. Just as in Volvo articulated haulers, the ignition key activates and powers the machine with no need to turn on the ground-level main switch at the start of every shift. This functionality also removes the risk of the battery dying overnight when the main switch is accidentally left on.

The ignition change benefits technicians as well with the inclusion of a lockout-tagout, making it easier to lock the battery disconnect switch in the off position and prevent an unwelcome energy release when performing maintenance.

These models will be the first Volvo medium wheel loaders to include the new-generation Co-Pilot tablet and on-board weighing as a standard feature. The larger, higher-resolution screen will display Load Assist applications like on-board weighing, operator coaching, tire pressure monitoring and more. The Co-Pilot can also connect with phones for hands-free calling and audio playback, and it includes high-definition camera feeds, warning sounds for safety, and radar detect and collision mitigation systems. Operators can customize the home screen with their favorite apps and settings.

The updated models will continue to be built at Volvo’s North American headquarters in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. They will be available this summer.


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