Volvo CE boosts functionality on updated CWLs

A Volvo CE CWL

Volvo Construction Equipment has updated its L30 and L35 compact wheel loaders to increased functionality and improve the operator experience.

With the latest L30 and L35 compact wheel loaders, customers looking for 1 to 1.2 cubic metre bucket capacity, or 2.4- to 2.6-ton fork payload, will experience faster work cycles in addition to improved manoeuvrability, tractive force and performance.

“These improvements set a new standard for compact loaders in this size class,” said Darren Ashton, Product Manager for Compact Equipment at Volvo CE.

“For customers who demand efficient handling in a small package, this is it.”

Improved visibility

In addition to the machine’s existing large range of sight, the updated compact wheel loaders provide greater visibility to the front and sides, thanks to a slimmer dashboard. As well, operators will benefit from more intuitive functions with a larger display that’s navigated via a jog wheel, and a more ergonomic multi-function joystick.

A new feature unique to this size class is an advanced boom kick-out and bucket leveller option. Equipped with boundary limits, the loaders can automatically lift and tilt the bucket to pre-programmed positions. Not only does this help experienced operators ensure precise repetitive movement with less fatigue, but it also helps less experienced operators carry out speedier loading cycles.

An electro-hydraulic main control valve enhances the flow sharing among the hydraulic functions. The optional adjustable boom and tilt function allows the operator to set the flow of these functions using the jog wheel and display. This enables customized flows for specialty buckets or attachments. Independent hydraulic pumps provide simultaneous lifting and steering at speed.

Eight-pin harness

A big change for the new L30 and L35 is the addition of an eight-pin harness on the boom, which can be activated by a button on the joystick.

This allows a wider range of attachments to be used without installing additional wiring, a convenience for both operators and service techs.

The models retain the Volvo cab’s adjustable steering column, seat and right armrest. The repositioned wheel chocks are now further away from the steps for ease of access.

The new-generation L30 and L35 come with additional sensors to monitor their engine and cooling performance. The standard reversible cooling fan is adjustable to handle dusty and high debris conditions. The operator is informed of deviations in machine behaviour, further improving reliability and reducing unplanned downtime.

Two popular features remain from the last series: ground-level access to service points — including fuel, oil, air and hydraulic filters, battery, radiator, oil dipstick and hydraulic oil level gauges — and long service intervals, which also support total cost of ownership.

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The loaders offer the same performance, speed and versatility their previous versions provided. This is largely due to the exceptional rim pull and breakout/lifting forces that customers might expect from larger machines. High traction comes from the combination of an articulating oscillating joint and 100 per cent differential locks on both axles, while the high breakout force is a result of the powerful linkage.

With CareTrack telematics, customers can see trends in the operation of their L30 or L35 to help plan maintenance, control costs and boost profitability.