Volvo has launched new compact wheel loaders that deliver an operator focus, while boasting a five per cent gain in fuel efficiency.
The new L20H and L25H compact wheel loader models were announced at the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) in Louisville, Ky.
As an update from the L20F, the new machines are powered by a Volvo D2.6M Tier 4 Final water-cooled engine with a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) that eliminates the need for regeneration or additives.
As well, the L20H and L25H boast five per cent greater fuel efficiency and eight per cent more horsepower than their predecessor models. For improved cycle times, the fully automatic hydrostatic drive has two speed settings, with the ability to reach maximum speeds of 30 km/h.
“With their compact size and maneuverability, L20H and L25H are versatile machines for many job sites,” said John Comrie, product manager at Volvo Construction Equipment. “For example, the low-profile design is optimal for loading and unloading containers, and the low centre of gravity gives added stability for carrying heavy loads on rough terrain.”
Standing at a height of 8 ft., 1 in. tall and boasting a turning radius of 26 ft. 11 in., the H-Series wheel loaders offer improved maneuverability, even in the most confined spaces, according to the company.
To increase traction and stability on rough terrains, the L20H and L25H feature an articulated 38-degree oscillating joint, as well as operator-activated 100 per cent differential locks on both axles.
Volvo has a broad range of attachments designed for the compact wheel loaders and engineered to match the machine’s linkage system, hydraulics and driveline. The SSL attachment bracket can be used for most skid steer attachments, and Volvo also offers an ISO coupler for use with Volvo attachments.
The optional high-flow hydraulics function delivers up to 2,900 psi/29 gpm for use of demanding attachments.