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Volvo L110H and L120H get productivity-focused makeover

Volvo CE have upgraded their medium-sized L110H (pictured) and L120H wheel loaders
Volvo CE have upgraded their medium-sized L110H (pictured) and L120H wheel loaders

Upgrades include new engine and electronics, plus a host of maintenance-friendly features

INTRODUCED a decade ago and still going strong, Volvo Construction Equipment’s L110H and L120H machines have undergone a host of upgrades, including new engine and electronics, plus a host of maintenance-friendly features, ensuring increased performance and uptime in the next decade.

The L110H and L120H wheel loaders have been the mainstay of Volvo CE’s medium-sized wheel loader line-up since being launched in 2014. With their range of attachments for different applications (including 3.0–3.6m3 rehandling buckets), their productivity, ease of maintenance, and operator comfort, it is no surprise that more than 13,000 units have been sold over the last decade.


However, even machines this popular need to move with the times, and so Volvo’s engineers have given the L110H and L120H a comprehensive makeover that focuses on increased uptime and convenience – for operators and technicians.

The biggest headline-grabbing aspect of the upgrade is the addition of a new Volvo engine. Unlike its predecessor, the new engine automatically regenerates while working – meaning there is no need to stop and park up. This technology has been available on the company’s larger wheel loaders and is tried and trusted.

The engine also features a new electric pump for priming the fuel system, making the procedure quicker and more convenient than with the former manual pump. And when the fuel gets to the engine, the operator can be confident that it is clean – thanks to new captive fuel filters . These not only ensure good water separation, but they also help extend engine service intervals to 1,000h.

Both wheel loaders now 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 every shift, before climbing into the cab.

This approach was first introduced in Volvo CE’s L60H, L70H, L90H wheel loaders, and on the L350H unit, all receiving positive operator feedback. 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.

The new ignition strategy has also been designed with technicians in mind. A feature also found on the L60H-L90H and L350H is now being introduced as standard on the L110H and L120H – 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.

The long-serving L110H and L120H still enjoy all the other features and benefits that have made them so popular over the last decade. Always productive and built with the convenience of operators and technicians alike, this latest package of upgrades makes them even more so.

The L110H and L120H are part of a comprehensive line-up of wheel loaders from Volvo CE – ranging from the compact 4.5-tonne L20 Electric, all the way up to the company’s 50-tonne L350H.


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