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Volvo CE develops pass rehandler

Volvo CE has adapted its L180H wheel loader for three-pass rehandling

Volvo CE has modified its L180H wheel loader to adapt it specifically for rehandling applications, showing it for the first time at World of Asphalt in Nashville.

Larger 875/65 R29 tyres and a long boom have been added as well as a rehandling counterweight, with the new truck-loading variant called the L180 3-pass rehandler. The machine now has a higher tipping load, better fuel efficiency and longer reach to fill a truck in three passes, Volvo CE says.

“We’ve had this concept in mind for several years, driven from conversations with our quarry and aggregate customers,” Volvo CE product manager – wheel loaders Eric Yeomans says.

“The new L180 3-pass rehandler will take operators to the next level of loading efficiency. It’s exciting to introduce this game-changer to the market and see the response.”

The larger tyres provide lateral traction and flotation, durability and resistance to cuts and impacts, Volvo CE says, while the long boom increases breakout force and adds an additional two feet of dump clearance. The longer reach also allows the operator to stay farther from the truck while still dumping material into the centre of it.

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“The worst thing you can have is the load sitting toward one side of the truck, because when you drive around a corner you run the risk of the material spilling out,” Yeomans says.

The machine’s configuration also decreases the risk of wheel spin and better protects the tyres because operators can stay farther from the pile where the ground is less stable and away from rocks that can damage the tyres.

“These tyres are what we typically spec for our larger L220 and L260 wheel loaders, so the added traction and rimpull are really noticeable in the L180 size,” Yeomans says.

The rehandling counterweight allows for a bucket that is approximately 0.19 cubic metres larger than that on a standard L180H, with various bucket options for different materials.

“The goal is to make three full bucket passes to maximise productivity and fuel efficiency,” Yeomans says.

“No more wasting time on two full buckets and a partial bucket with a larger machine, or several passes with a smaller one.”

Cycle times are also improved by the higher reach because the operator doesn’t have to roll the bucket back to move away from the truck, especially when dumping the last bucket.

The L180 3-pass rehandler supports a variety of Volvo services, including Load Assist with On-Board Weighing, Connected Map and ActiveCare Direct advanced telematics.

As yet the L180 3-pass rehandler is not available in Australia.

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