The L350H suits heavy-duty applications and features a proven Z-bar lifting arm with double sealing on each of the pins, and a strong chassis. The new model benefits from a reinforced upper centre hinge, while a range of special packages is also available to suit specific applications.
Other improvements include a more responsive hydraulic system, featuring new lift and tilt cylinders, and an increased hydraulic working pressure that allows for 10% faster work cycles and higher productivity.
Meanwhile, the machine has an upgraded driveline with new Volvo axles and a new Volvo transmission, which enables the third generation OptiShift to be equipped as standard. Already found on Volvo L150H-L260H wheeled loaders, this proven technology integrates the Reverse by Braking function and the lockup function in transmission to boost fuel efficiency by up to 15%. Efficiency is further boosted by an optimised gear shifting ratio and the new converter, which delivers higher outputs resulting in up to 22% more tractive force depending on selected gear and machine speed.
Service intervals have been doubled to 4,000 hours for an axle oil change, made possible by an axle oil cooler with filtration fitted as standard. In addition, customers can minimise machine downtime and increase component life with renowned features including heavy-duty axles with fully floating shafts, planetary hub reduction, and maintenance-free rear axle trunnion bearings.
Telematics connectivity and established features, such as the Load Assist suite of apps accessed from the in-cab Volvo Co-Pilot display, further improve efficiency and uptime. Starting with the optional Tire Pressure Monitoring System which enables the pressure and temperature of tyres to be checked from the cab and boosts tyre life and saves fuel.
Customers can address problems of overloading, underloading, and waiting times with the On-Board Weighing app, providing real-time insight into the load of the bucket and payload of the load receiver. The Operator Coaching Advanced app will support customers in optimising use of the L350H. It provides real-time information and guidance to operators, helping them to deliver optimum productivity and fuel efficiency, as well as reduced machine wear. In addition, a range of complementary Volvo Services – including Productivity Report, EcoOperator training and ActiveCare – also provide valuable insights into ways to lower cost/tonne.
Operators can configure the machine according to the job with a choice of three hydraulic modes, customisable lockup engagement and rimpull control, while the bucket levelling function automatically returns the bucket to level, from both dump and curl positions, helping reduce operator fatigue.