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New mid-sized wheel loaders from Volvo

TWO new mid-sized wheel loaders –– the 8.6-tonne Volvo L45F and the 9.4-tonne L50F –– are the latest additions to Volvo Construction Equipment’s expanding F-Series line up.

Both new machines are designed to deliver improved performance and profitability, and offer features such as: torque parallel (TP) loader linkage, separate working hydraulic pumps for maximum power, 100% axle differential locks, Volvo Care Cab, and long service intervals.

Volvo say the TP linkage gives both the L45F and L50F smooth, parallel lift, high tilt-back torque and good lifting power throughout the lift range, as well as a clear view of the attachments. In addition, a wide roll-back angle helps to retain loose bucket material, while the parallel lift action makes the loaders equally suitable for material handling and pallet handling tasks.

The L45F and L50F also feature separate power steering and load-sensing hydraulic pumps, ensuring that full steering power is achieved regardless of the load on the main hydraulic pumps. Oil flow on the load-sensing pump automatically adjusts to match the work demand, resulting in lower fuel consumption during lighter work with no compromise in performance when operating in more demanding applications.

Moreover, differential locks offer 100% lock in both the front and rear axles to ensure good traction even in difficult conditions.

Both loaders are powered by Tier 3-certified, water-cooled, turbocharged Volvo D5 4.8-litre engines, which achieve high torque at low engine speeds. The Volvo L50F engine also includes an air-to-air intercooler.

To achieve a high load capacity, both models are based on a robust articulating frame concept. The front and rear frames are designed for maximum ground clearance, while high-quality steel throughout provides durability, increased stress resistance and operational stability.

The Volvo L45F and L50F are also offered with optional Z-bar Volvo attachment brackets, each designed to match the machine’s TP linkage geometry. Both brackets allow for quick and easy changes of attachments, performed hydraulically from the comfort and safety of the Volvo Care Cab.

Volvo CE say roll-out of the new models will start in European markets in December 2008 with expansion into international markets taking place throughout 2009.

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