Equipment focus: Volvo L220H and L180G wheel loaders

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A timber company is Tasmania has added two new Volvo wheel loaders to keep up with demand at its high throughput log yard.

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Timberlink operates out of northern Tasmania’s Bell Bay and is the only large-scale forest softwood plantation and sawmill in the state. The group produces a wide range of commodities including structural framing, outdoor framing, fencing, landscaping timber, decorative timbers and industrial supplies.

The timber group directly employs over 200 people and engages primarily local contractors and business to support its operation. The indirect contribution to the local economy is estimated at $150 million.

Recently the company says it was looking to add two wheel loaders to its fleet, and after considering a number of options the group settled on a Volvo L220H and L180G through local team CJD Equipment.

"We found the CJD team to be very proactive in working with us to agree on the specifications of the L220H and L180G, and checking all details were correct to ensure the machines would do ‘what it says on the tin’," Timberlink Bell Bay log yard supervisor Dean Smith says.

The new L220H is powered by a 13-litre Stage IV Final engine with an output of 278kW, and features Volvo designed and manufactured driveline components, including the Optishift system with torque converter lock-up and reverse-by-braking– all designed to deliver better fuel economy.

The L180G is the slightly smaller model of the two, with a 13-litre D13F-C engine pushing out 249kW, just 29kW less than the L220H.

Timberlink is familiar with Volvo equipment, having previously run an L180C wheel loader at another sawmilling site.

The company says specifying the L220H as the main loader in the log yard increased productivity considerably because it is more than capable of lifting an entire bay of logs off a truck in one lift.

"The power of the L220H gives us greater efficiencies through increased productivity and fuel economy gains because the machine isn’t working beyond its capability," Timberlink yard operator Scotty Harris said.

"We can unload and stack a B-Double load of logs in under eight minutes with either machine.

"We’re very pleased with our turnaround time for unloading. On average, from the time a log truck arrives at the weighbridge, they can be unloaded and back on the weighbridge within 15 minutes," Harris adds.


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