Volvo’s new high-production, fuel-efficient F-Series wheel loaders

Kerry Clines

April 1, 2010

RO50-VolvoVolvo introduced its new F-Series wheel loaders at AGG 1. According to the company, they are tough, reliable, fuel-efficient, and designed and built for optimal machine and operator performance. The Tier 3-certified engines’ environmentally friendly technology provides high torque at lower speeds, allowing the engine to operate with low levels of noise and exhaust emissions. Engine features include a Volvo-designed and manufactured drive train and hydraulic system, automatic power shift, and an intelligent load-sensing hydraulic system.

The loader’s new OptiShift, with patented Reverse by Braking, automatically assists the machine’s deceleration by applying the standard service brake when the operator uses the gear selector control for changing direction of operation from reverse to forward or forward to reverse. Less load stress on the torque converter and transmission is said to cut fuel consumption by up to 12 percent over company models without OptiShift.

Other features include a patented T-linkage, lift-arm system that puts all the power and flexibility of the wheel loader in the hands of the operator and an ergonomically designed machine operator’s cab (Care Cab) with improved sound and vibration dampening.

The L150F and L180F are highly maneuverable to perform fast cycles in stockpile loading, yet have enough power to handle hard material and rock loading, says the company. The L150F has a breakout force of 41,520 pounds and a bucket capacity of 5.2 cubic yards; the L180F has a breakout force of 48,270 pounds and a bucket capacity of 6.0 cubic yards.

The L220F (shown) is the toughest of the F-Series line with a breakout force of 50,470 pounds and a bucket capacity of 7.1 cubic yards. Volvo says it is designed for extremely rugged work conditions, yet is easy to operate and provides smooth handling.

All three wheel loaders are 95-percent recyclable and are designed for optimal performance with minimal environmental impact. Tier 3-certified V-ACT engines reduce emissions without reducing power, while internal exhaust systems reduce NOx emissions by lowering combustion temperatures.

Specifications                         L150-F                          L180-F                           L220-F

Engine                                       Volvo D12D LD E3     Volvo D12D LA E3      Volvo D12D LB E3

Max. power                                1,400-1,700 rpm        1,400-1,600 rpm        1,600 rpm

SAE J1995 gross                     282 hp                          315 hp                          350 hp

ISO 9249, SAE J1349 net       280 hp                          314 hp                          347 hp

Breakout force                          41,520 lbf                     48,270 lbf                     50,470 lbf

Static tipping load, full turn     33,690 lb                      40,260 lb                      45,750 lb

Buckets                                      4.1-15.7 cu. yd.            4.8-18.3 cu. yd.            5.9-18.3 cu. yd.

Operating weight                      50,710-57,320 lb.       57,320-63,930 lb.       66,140-77,160 lb.

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