Volvo releases new compact wheel loaders
By Andrew Macklin
February 8, 2016 – The new L45H and L50H compact wheel loaders from Volvo Construction Equipment are well-balanced machines, built for greater fuel efficiency and improved hydraulic flow for faster cycle times at reduced operating cost.
The H-series wheel loaders from Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) are equipped with Volvo’s Torque Parallel (TP) linkage; built to deliver high breakout torque and strong parallel movement throughout the entire lifting range. With a new Volvo D4J Tier 4 Final engine — both the L45H and L50H offer a 15 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency versus previous models. The L50H also has a 20 per cent improvement in hydraulic pump capacity, leading to 26 per cent faster cycle times as compared to previous models.
The L45H and L50H feature Volvo’s intelligent load-sensing hydraulic system that drives power to the hydraulic functions according to demand for fast response, shorter cycle times and reduced fuel consumption. An optional Boom Suspension System (BSS) boosts productivity by up to 20 per cent by absorbing shock and reducing bouncing and bucket spillage. Heavy-duty planetary axles ensure long life in the toughest conditions, and the front and rear 100-per cent differential locks feature a dog clutch design to improve grip and maintain maximum traction on all terrain. These wheel loaders also feature a hydrostatic transmission that matches power to all operator requirements to provide solid control in delicate work and full power for more demanding jobs.
A comfortable control center
The L45H and L50H provide a comfortable, productive work shift. This certified ROPS/FOPS cab features ergonomically-placed controls, a superior climate control system, all-around visibility and low internal noise levels. The optional Comfort Drive Control (CDC) function gives the operator the choice to control the machine by a joystick lever mounted to the left-hand console. This improves operator comfort, reduces fatigue and ensures better productivity over long working hours. For increased safety, large, anti-slip steps and handrails ensure easy cab entry and exit.
Maintenance made easy
Volvo’s L45H and L50H have been built for easy, hassle-free servicing. Ground-level service points and grouped greasing points ensure easy and quick maintenance. The oscillating rear axle is supported on maintenance-free cradles. Its bearings and bushings are lubricated for life and protected by well-proven seals, saving hours of maintenance time. Through the Volvo CareTrack telematics monitoring system, fleet managers are given real-time visibility into vital machine information. Everything from fuel consumption and idle times to location tracking and service reminders can be monitored to help reduce total cost of ownership and increase profitability throughout the entire life of the machine. Fleet managers also have the option to engage their local Volvo CE dealer in the proactive monitoring and reporting of CareTrack data through the Volvo ActiveCare program, effectively simplifying fleet management.
These wheel loaders are designed to work in harmony with a range of Volvo attachments — from forks and buckets, to grapples and material-handling arms — each perfectly matches the link-arm geometry to optimize breakout, rim pull and lifting force. These machines can be factory-fitted with extra hydraulic lines to operate and run a variety of attachment options, and the standard attachment bracket is ISO-standardized for quick and easy interchange of attachments.