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Volvo PL3005D Is a Modern Pipelayer for the Modern Industry

Wed October 12, 2011 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

The Volvo PL3005D joins the Volvo Construction Equipment line of pipelayers.

With its excavator-based configuration, the machine offers a 360-degree swing with full lifting performance and functionality at all radius positions — a solution unattainable with conventional sideboom pipelayers.

To increase productivity, the Volvo PL3005D allows for smooth, precise and efficient load positioning anywhere around the machine, just like an excavator. These pipelayers also feature a mechanical, upper-structure swing lock for use when working on severe grades.

The undercarriage system allows for counter-rotation of the tracks for easy positioning and directional change of the machine. High ground clearance ensures the ability to work in rugged conditions. To ensure a solid footing in most conditions, the 23.6-in. (60 cm) single grouser track pads can be upgraded to 29.5 in. (75 cm) optional single grouser and 31.5 in. (80 cm) optional triple grouser shoes.

More From One Machine

When not being used for pipe laying, the Volvo PL3005D can be converted into a high-production excavator for standard excavation by swapping the boom.

A high-pull planetary winch ensures precise control and smooth lifting. An anti-two-block device automatically prevents the hook and load block from making harsh contact.

Stronger Machine, Heavier Load

The Volvo PL3005D is fitted with a modern onboard load management system (LMS) that uses wireless communication to enable the operator to know what can be safely lifted depending on the angle of the boom, the position of the upper frame relative to the slope, and the incline on which the machine is operating. Load charts are updated constantly for 360-degree rotation and infinite machine positions up to a 35-degree grade slope. Based on these inputs, the LMS determines the unique load chart necessary and displays the safe working load via a graphic display on a monitor in the cab, according to the manufacturer.

Load-indicating light bars, located on both sides at the end of the boom, provide visible warning to the operators of other machines on the job site and ground personnel to optimize safety and increase operator efficiency.

Operators Come First

The latest generation Volvo Care Cab is fitted to the new Volvo PL3005D. Visibility around the job site, inside the trench, and to the load management instrumentation in the cabin is enhanced. Side- and rear-mounted video cameras also enhance job site visibility.

Air management and filtering systems provide a comfortable, clean, low-noise and vibration work environment. Ergonomically positioned controls are easy to access and can help reduce operator fatigue and improve productivity.

CareTrack Telematics as Standard

The CareTrack telematics system from Volvo Construction Equipment is now standard on all machines 12 tons (11 t) and over. CareTrack manages a machine’s productivity and maximizes its availability for work. Using a GPRS mobile network or satellite technology, the system reads information on a wide range of machine data, such as location, fuel consumption and service reminders. That data is then made available securely and instantaneously to any remote online connection. In addition, Volvo provides a 3-year CareTrack service subscription at no additional cost in the United States and Canada.

For more information, call 828/650-2000 or visit

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