Volvo Updates H-Series Wheel Loaders, Extends Warranty on Excavators

The new H-Series 2.0 wheel loaders from Volvo Construction Equipment take a proven machine and add the latest technology, including the next-generation OptiShift and new load-sensing hydraulics and transmission. The result is a wheel loader lineup that promotes faster cycle times, delivering up to 10 percent greater productivity and 20 percent more fuel efficiency.

“The most significant changes are a new transmission with shorter steps between gears and new torque converter with customizable lockup settings,” said Eric Yeomans, product manager, wheel loaders, Volvo Construction Equipment.
The 2.0 machines feature updated OptiShift technology that allows operators to customize the lock-up engagement of their machines. It also integrates the Volvo-patented Reverse-By-Braking (RBB) function and the new torque converter with lock-up, creating a direct drive between the engine and transmission.

Working in harmony with the engine and axles, a new transmission improves stability and efficiency. The new converter delivers increased torque output, resulting in better performance at low speeds. For faster acceleration and smooth operation, the steps between the gears have been reduced. Combined with second-generation load-sensing hydraulics – designed to enhance the responsiveness of attachments and improve the lifting and lowering speed of the boom – the updated H-Series wheel loaders deliver better productivity than the G-Series.

The machine’s powerful engine, attachment optimization, and all-new dry P-brake, designed to eliminate drag losses, combine for significant fuel efficiency improvements. Other fuel-conserving features are the eco pedal, which applies a mechanical push-back force in response to excess use of the accelerator; and latest hydraulic system, which regenerates the oil in the lift/tilt cylinder circuits and deactivates the hydraulic pumps.

The machines are backed by the free, four-year CareTrack subscription with a Fuel Efficiency Guarantee that reimburses a portion of additional fuel if a machine’s fuel efficiency and productivity don’t meet the model-rated levels.
With CareTrack activation, the H-Series wheel loaders are also eligible for a free year of ActiveCare Direct, the Volvo telematics service that provides 24/7/365 machine monitoring and fleet utilization reporting directly from Volvo. An optional Load Assist system keeps track of the amount of material moved, showing the operator real-time load information on a 10-inch Co-Pilot touchscreen display, which helps to reduce under- and over-loading, and the need for reweighing and reloading the truck.

Broad applications

The upgraded H-Series wheel loaders perform in a range of applications – from material handling, and waste and recycling, to re-handling, slag handling and block handling. The machines come with a choice of dedicated Volvo attachments, including forks, grapples and buckets.

This H-Series 2.0 Update is now available on the L150H, L180H and L220H, as well as the recently launched L260H. Additional models will soon follow.

In other news, Volvo extended its Lifetime Frame and Structure Warranty to cover high-reach demolition excavators and wheeled excavators. New models covered by the warranty include the EC380EHR and EC480EHR, and EW180E, EW160E, EW60E and four wheeled excavator models to debut soon.

The warranty covers the frame, boom and arm of excavators for the entirety of the initial ownership period. With the extension, the warranty now covers all Volvo excavators, as well as articulated haulers, asphalt and soil compactors, wheel loaders, skid steer loaders and compact track loaders.

“Thanks to our high standards, Volvo equipment is designed for unsurpassed longevity and durability,” said Ray Gallant, vice president, sales support at Volvo Construction Equipment. “We’re confident in the quality of our machines and want to pass along that assurance to our customers. That’s why we offer the industry’s most extensive coverage as standard.”

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