H Series 2.0 wheel loaders build on the design of their G-Series predecessors by adding the company's latest technology, including the next-generation OptiShift and new load-sensing hydraulics and transmission. The result, says the company, are wheel loaders capable of faster cycle times and improved fuel efficiency. The H Series “2.0 Update” is available on the L150H, L180H, and L220H, and L260H. The most significant changes, says Volvo, are a new transmission with shorter steps between gears and new torque converter with “customizable” lockup settings.
The H Series 2.0 loaders feature Volvo’s second-generation OptiShift technology that allows operators to adjust the lock-up engagement. OptiShift also integrates the Volvo-patented Reverse-By-Braking function and the new torque converter, creating a direct-drive between the engine and transmission. The new converter delivers increased torque output, resulting in better performance at low speeds, says Volvo. For faster acceleration and smooth operation, the steps between the gears have been reduced. Combined with second-generation load-sensing hydraulics (designed to enhance the responsiveness of attachments and improve the lifting and lowering speed of the boom), the updated H-Series 2.0 models, says the company, deliver up to 10 percent better productivity than the G-Series.
In addition to the Optishift and transmission improvements, says Volvo, “the H Series’ engine, attachment optimization, and all-new dry P-brake (designed to eliminate drag losses), combine for significant fuel-efficiency improvements. Other fuel-conserving features are the eco pedal, which applies a mechanical push-back force in response to excess use of the accelerator, and the regenerative aspect of the hydraulic system, which regenerates the oil in the lift/tilt cylinder circuits and deactivates the hydraulic pumps.”
Volvo wheel loaders provide a four-year CareTrack subscription (Volvo’s telematics system) free of charge, as well as the Volvo Fuel Efficiency Guarantee, which guarantees that if a machine's fuel efficiency and productivity do not meet model-rated levels, Volvo reimburses a portion of the additional fuel. With CareTrack activation, the H-Series wheel loaders are also eligible for a free year of ActiveCare Direct, the Volvo telematics service that provides 24/7/365 machine monitoring and fleet-utilization reporting directly from Volvo.
The H Series models are available with a selection of dedicated Volvo attachments, including forks, grapples, and buckets. The new Volvo re-handling buckets are designed with convex sides and an improved spill guard to facilitate filling and minimize spillage. As an option, a boom- suspension system is designed to reduce bucket spillage, improving productivity by as much as 20 percent on rough ground, says Volvo. The new models also use the Volvo Torque Parallel linkage.
According to Volvo, the new wheel loaders have a number of features designed to improve operator performance, including bucket leveling, choice of single-lever or multi-lever controls, choice of three hydraulic modes, and the optional Comfort Drive Control that enables the machine to be steered from a small lever. The optional Load Assist system tracks material moved, and the operator can see real-time load information on the 10-inch Co-Pilot touchscreen display.
The new models also feature a tilting cab operated hydraulically, grouped service points, brake- wear indicators, maintenance-free rear axle cradles, reversible cooling fan, replaceable breather filters, and outboard-mounted brakes. To reduce component wear, says Volvo, delayed engine shut-down can be scheduled to activate automatically to stop the engine when the turbocharger has cooled to an appropriate temperature.
The H Series wheel loaders have the Volvo Lifetime Frame and Structure Warranty, which covers the frame, articulation joint, and loader arm for the life of the machine under the initial owner.