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Volvo CE Adapts Popular L180H Wheel Loader for Three-Pass Rehandling

March 27, 2024
Volvo Construction Equipment is showing a new version of a wheel loader tailored specifically to rehandling at the World of Asphalt.

Volvo Construction Equipment is showing a new version of a wheel loader tailored specifically to rehandling at the World of Asphalt. For any wheel loader operator who has spent too much time trying to get just the right amount of material loaded into a truck, this unit is designed for them.


Volvo took its L180H, swapped in larger 875/65 R29 tires and a long boom, added a rehandling counterweight and created a new truck-loading variation called the L180 3-Pass Rehandler. The machine is smartly designed for rehandling applications, with a higher tipping load, better fuel efficiency and longer reach to fill a truck in three passes.


“We’ve had this concept in mind for several years, driven from conversations with our quarry and aggregate customers,” said Eric Yeomans, product manager – wheel loaders, Volvo CE. “The new L180 3-Pass Rehandler will take operators to the next level of loading efficiency. It’s exciting to introduce this game-changer to the market and see the response.”

The larger tires provide lateral traction and flotation, durability and resistance to cuts and impacts, a stable and comfortable ride and good fuel economy. The long boom brings an additional 675 lbf in breakout force and an additional two feet of dump clearance. The longer reach also allows the operator to stay farther from the truck while still dumping material into the center of it.

“The worst thing you can have is the load sitting toward one side of the truck, because when you drive around a corner, you run the risk of the matierl spilling out,” said Yeomans. The machine’s configuration also decreases the risk of wheel spin and better protects the tires because operators can stay farther from the pile where the ground is less stable and away from rocks that can damage the tires.


“These tires are what we typically spec for our larger L220 and L260 wheel loaders, so the added traction and rumpull are really noticeable in the L180 size.” 


Cycle times are also improved by the higher reach because the operator doesn’t have to roll the bucket back to move away from the truck, especially when dumping the last bucket.

Ultimately, every second shaved off a cycle saves fuel and time, which can add up quickly. Having a slightly smaller class of machine can save owners on purchase and transport costs, and the optimizations can help operators improve their skills.


The L180 3-Pass Rehandler supports a variety of Volvo services, including Load Assist with On-Board Weighing, Connected Map and ActiveCare Direct advanced telematics. It's also covered by the company's Lifetime Frame and Structure Warranty.

To see the new loader at World of Asphalt, stop by the Volvo Booth 1231.