Volvo Construction Equipment has unveiled the first nine models in its C-Series skid steer loader product line.
The wheeled models are the MC110C, MC115C, MC125C, MC135C and MC155C. Rated operating capacities for these models range from 2,250 to 3,296 lb. (1,009 to 1,495 kg) and gross engine power from 84 hp to 92 hp (63 to 68 kW). The first four tracked models in the range are the MCT110C, MCT125C, MCT135C and MCT145C. Rated operating capacities for the tracked models range up to 3,200 lbs (1,452 kg) and gross engine power to 92 hp (68 kW). Later this year Volvo CE will launch further new models in the range, culminating in a full offering of radial and vertical lift wheeled and tracked models in all key rated operating capacity classes.
The models MC155C, MCT110C and MCT145C are not available in North America.
Single loader arm with muscle
Featuring a single loader arm design, Volvo wheeled and tracked skid steer loaders deliver customers the loading performance and durability found in a traditional skid steer design, along with the improved visibility, safety and enhanced cab access of a side-entry machine, according to the manufacturer.
Cab Safer Side Access
Due to the single loader tower arm design, cab access is easier and safer. Operators enter and exit the cab through a large, wide-opening side cab door. This eliminates the need for operators to climb onto and over the bucket or attachment, which many times can be muddy, wet or slippery. On wheeled machines, a bolt-on non-slip step under the door increases safe entry and exit of the cab. Side entry also eliminates an uncomfortable body turn required of operators to sit down in traditional skid steer loader cab designs.
Inside the Volvo cab, the operator’s environment has been redesigned for increased space, comfort and ease of use. The Volvo cab meets ROPS/FOPS standards for safety and operator peace of mind. All controls and gauges are ergonomically placed to provide ease of use and comfort for prolonged productivity.
Visibility also has been enhanced due to the single tower loader arm design. Without the horizontal cross member found on most vertical lift machines, operators experience enhanced all-around visibility. The cab also features a large top window for improved visibility during truck loading. This aids safety when operating in tight or congested areas.
Easier Service. Longer Life
Another feature of the new Volvo C-Series is improved service access through a forward-tilting cab and large rear compartment service door. All service and maintenance points are accessible through simple, safe means. In addition, the side entry and exit of the cab makes it possible for the operator to engage the loader arm support without the aid of a second person. Because of the side door, the operator can stop the machine, safely exit the machine without walking under the load, and then walk around the rear of the machine to safely engage the support.
Features comfortable machine control pods. The left-hand control pod easily hinges rearward with the assistance of a single gas strut, which allows for easy machine entry and exit.
The right control pod features a wrap-around seat bar designed to comfortably fit operators of all sizes, which acts as a rest area for the operator’s right arm. Both armrests on top of the control pods are well cushioned and the left hand control pod tilts open to reveal ample storage bin space that is ideal for securing and storing personal items.
A 12V power outlet also is located inside. Each model — whether enclosed cab or canopy — has been designed for limiting the amount of noise in and around the operator environment. Lower noise helps reduce operator fatigue.
Performance and Productivity
Dependable track performance provides increased stability on steep grades and rough ground. The tracks deliver higher traction and floatation, along with lower ground pressure and provide the ability to work in inclement conditions, improving year-round availability. Vertical lift makes the Volvo C-Series ideal for truck loading and a wide range of material handling applications, according to the manufacturer.
Each model features good tip height and reach, along with powerful lift capacity – making Volvo skid steer loaders highly efficient in repeated load and carry operations. A choice of powerful Tier III engines deliver power and dependability.
Fuel tank capacity allows operators to spend less downtime refuelling the machine. For major service tasks, the entire cab can be tilted forward by the removal of just two bolts located inside the cab. Gas struts automatically lock the raised cab into place for safe, easy access to key internal machine components.
Quality and Reliability
The loader arm construction has been designed specifically for each model. This provides the strength and reliability often associated with traditional two-arm designs. The loader arm itself contains more steel than the equivalent B-Series model, and the pivot pin diameters are larger than other models. The provides greater strength and effectively distributes the load over the single loader arm, according to the manufacturer.
All hydraulic connections use o-ring face seal fittings to eliminate hydraulic leaks and resist line vibrations/twists; this helps reduce machine downtime and related-service costs.
Operator safety and peace of mind is provided by ROPS/FOPS protection, which helps protect the operator in the event of machine roll over and/or overhead falling objects. The clear, side door is the entire length of the cab, providing improved visibility and safety without many of the challenges found in other side mesh skid steer loader cages. The cab door opens wide to an angle of 75 degrees, making entry and exit of the cab easy. This provides safer access for operators of all sizes.
For more information, visit www.volvo.com.