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Volvo launches new look digger

Swedish manufacturer claims it combines excavator and wheel loader benefits

Volvo has launched two new backhoes that, it claims, combine the benefits of an excavator and a wheel loader.
The launch of the new BL61B and BL71B sees Volvo Construction Equipment thoroughly redesign its backhoe loader range to offer improved performance, usability and a modern appearance.

The two machines have an operating weight range of 7.1t to 9.8t, and gross power of between 64 kW (86hp) and 74.9 kW (100hp). Both machines also have a redesigned cab with 15% more interior space.

One piece chassis

The one piece chassis, loader arm and excavator boom are all made from high quality steel and are robotically welded with precise, constant weld runs for structural integrity.

The loader arm has a box-welded design and is reinforced with a cross tube, while the larger excavator boom has a narrow, tall arch design that uses a closed box-welded approach with fewer components and welds.

Both models also feature new controls in the form of two floor-mounted ergonomic levers. The right lever is fitted with a horn, and the left lever can have an optional fingertip button that controls the two-way auxiliary hydraulic line required when using double acting excavator attachments.

The BL61B and BL71B both feature Volvo’s latest D5D four cylinder 4.8l engines, with direct injection and turbo charging. These high torque, fuel efficient engines meet European Stage IIIA emissions legislation.

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