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Volvo Upgrades Engines, Improves Productivity in Two Popular Mid-Size Wheel Loaders

Original Source: VOLVO

The L110H and L120H mid-size wheel loaders have become mainstays in the Volvo Construction Equipment lineup over the past decade thanks to their compatibility with a range of attachments and their productivity levels, ease of maintenance and superior operator comfort. Now, these two workhorses have been given a comprehensive makeover that focuses on increased uptime and convenience for both operators and technicians.

The 20-ton L110H and L120H sport new Volvo engines and upgraded electronics, plus a host of other features that support performance and uptime.

The highlight of this upgrade is a new Volvo D8M 8-liter engine that offers 256 hp on the L110H and 272 hp on the L120H. Unlike its predecessor, the D8M engine automatically regenerates while working — a technology that’s been proven on the company’s larger wheel loaders.

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

“I think every owner and operator will notice and appreciate the upgraded performance and efficiency,” said Chris Connolly, product manager — mid-size wheel loaders, Volvo CE. “They are popular models for a reason, and now they’re even better.”


The L110H and L120H wheel loaders feature an all-new ignition strategy designed to make operators’ lives easier. Just as in Volvo articulated haulers, the ignition key activates and powers the machine with no need to turn on the ground-level main switch at the start of every shift. This functionality also removes the risk of the battery dying overnight when the main switch is accidentally left on.

The ignition change benefits technicians as well with the inclusion of a lockout-tagout (LOTO), making it easier to lock the battery disconnect switch in the off position and prevent an unwelcome energy release when performing maintenance.

These models will be the first Volvo medium wheel loaders to include the new-generation Co-Pilot tablet and on-board weighing as a standard feature. The larger, higher-resolution screen will display Load Assist applications like on-board weighing, operator coaching, tire pressure monitoring and more. The Co-Pilot can also connect with phones for hands-free calling and audio playback, and it includes high-definition camera feeds, warning sounds for safety, and radar detect and collision mitigation systems. Operators can customize the home screen with their favorite apps and settings.The new-generation Volvo Co-Pilot tablet and on-board weighing as a standard feature.


The L110H and L120H wheel loaders still include the features and benefits that made them popular like superior fuel efficiency, torque parallel linkage and an adjustable engagement strategy for the lockup torque converter. That engagement strategy combined with Volvo’s exclusive Reverse By Braking makes up their OptiShift feature that is standard on both models. They support bucket sizes from 3.2 to 12.4 yd3 (2.4 to 9.5 m3).

Volvo’s advanced telematics system, ActiveCare® Direct, also supports operator efficiency and productivity, while the Lifetime Frame and Structure Warranty provides extra peace of mind.

As a trusted rehandling choice, these loaders fit quarry and aggregate operations well and are advantageous in forestry and waste/recycling applications where on-board weighing comes in handy.

The updated models will continue to be built at Volvo’s North American headquarters in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. They will be available this summer as part of the company’s comprehensive wheel loader lineup that ranges from the 4.5-ton L20 Electric all the way up to the 50-ton L350H.