Volvo CE’s H-generation boosts performance and cuts ownership costs

The new machines are also easier to operate and easier to maintain.
The new machines are also easier to operate and easier to maintain.

Replacing F and Gz models, the H-generation L110H and L120H wheel loaders bring with them a host of improvements that boost productivity by 12%, fuel efficiency by 28% – and enhance operator performance.

Suited for rehandling, agriculture, waste handling, log handling, and more, the 20-t L110H and L120H are among the most versatile of machines. With their 5-6-t lifting capacity, they feature the latest technology, including a new Volvo engine and electronic platform, as well as an optimised transmission and hydraulics system.

The comprehensive package of upgrades over the models they replace combines to deliver a lower total cost of ownership, made possible thanks to productivity increases of up to 12% and an impressive increase in fuel efficiency – up to 28%. The new machines are also easier to operate and easier to maintain.

Tipping the balance

Volvo’s Torque Parallel linkage has always delivered high breakout torque and excellent parallel movement throughout the lifting range. Added to that, the new H-generation machines now have a higher tipping load – over 6% depending on the model. Thanks to a higher pin than on the outgoing Gz model, they can also tip higher, for example into taller-bodied trucks or in storage areas.

The new engines deliver at least 5% more power, while other options include an automatic engine shutdown facility, which reduces fuel consumption when idling beyond a set time, and a delayed engine shutdown feature, which allows the turbocharger to cool, thereby reducing wear.

Greater operator performance

The new machines come with an upgraded cab that is bright, ergonomic, and much more. It’s also a cleverer workplace – thanks largely to electric servo controls, which are standard. These allow a greater degree of control and customisation. Standard features include boom and bucket levelling functions and a choice of three hydraulic response modes. For added convenience, the optional Comfort Drive Control enables the machine to be steered from a lever – particularly useful for fast-paced truck loading operations.

The armrest and levers are now attached to the seat instead of the floor, and they are more adjustable, making it easy to find exactly the right position. Visibility and safety enhancing options abound, including a Collision Mitigation System and new LED lighting packages.

And when it comes to optimising load cycles, the Load Assist suite of apps is another useful option, powered by the Volvo Co-Pilot touchscreen. On-Board Weighing takes the guesswork out of loading the optimum amount of material, while Operator Coaching helps operators use their Volvo wheel loader to its full potential thanks to instant feedback and real-time on-screen guidance. And with the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, they can ensure that tyres are operating within the correct parameters, and not causing unnecessary fuel consumption and wear.

Both Volvo wheel loaders feature an all-new ignition strategy, which is designed to make operators’ lives easier. Just as in Volvo articulated haulers, the ignition key now activates and powers the machine, with no need to turn on the ground-level main switch at the start of shifts, before climbing into the cab. Quite apart from offering added convenience to operators on start-up and shutdown, it also removes the risk of the battery running flat overnight because the main switch has been left on.

Technician friendly

The L110H and L120H offer grouped service points and unrestricted access to vital components. The engine hood opens electronically, while the tilting cab is operated hydraulically – to either a 30° or 70° angle, and the cooler installation slides out. Wear indicators placed by the wheels make it easy to check the condition of the brakes. The engine now features an electric pump for priming the fuel system, making the procedure quicker and more convenient than with a manual pump.

A feature also found on the L60H, L70, L90H, and L350H is now being introduced as standard on the L110/120H – a lockout-tagout. Known by its acronym ‘LOTO’, this feature makes it easier to lock the battery disconnect switch in the OFF-position – thereby preventing any unwelcome energy release when conducting maintenance work.

For extended service intervals, the axles, transmission, hydraulic tank, and fuel tank have replaceable breather filters – located remotely – to prevent them from dirt and moisture contamination. The brakes are outboard mounted, and the oil circulation cools the front and rear axles. The rear axle cradles contain greased-for-life bushings and bearings, and so are maintenance-free.

All in, the new L110H and L120H provide a comprehensive upgrade over the F and Gz-generations, creating a common link in look, feel, operation and maintenance from Volvo CE’s L60H to the L350H.

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