Volvo Introduces C-Series Skid Steer Loaders to European Marketplace

Volvo used INTERMAT 2012 to introduce its C-Series skid steer loaders to the European marketplace.

The Volvo CE MC115C skid steer loader, part of the C-Series of machines being introduced to the European market.
The Volvo CE MC115C skid steer loader, part of the C-Series of machines being introduced to the European market.
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Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) used INTERMAT 2012 to unveil the latest introductions to its skid steer loader range, and present the products to customers in Europe for the first time. The wheeled models on show in Paris were the MC60C, MC70C, MC95C and MC115C. Rated operating capacities for these models range from 610 kg (1,350 lbs.) to 1,180 kg (2,600 lbs.) and gross engine power from 36 kW (48 hp) to 55 kW (74 hp). The three tracked models being launched to customers in Europe are the MCT85C, MCT125C and MCT145C. Rated operating capacities for the tracked models range from 860 kg (1,900 lbs.) to 1,450 kg (3,200 lbs.) and gross engine power from 49 kW (55 hp) to 69 kW (92 hp).

Featuring a unique single loader arm design, Volvo wheeled and tracked skid steer loaders provide customers with superior loading performance and durability compared to that found in traditional skid steer designs, along with the improved visibility, safety and enhanced cab access. The loader arm provides strength and reliability, and effectively distributes the load over the single loader arm. Without the horizontal cross member found on two-arm vertical lift machines, operators experience excellent all-around, class-leading visibility. The cab also features a large top window for improved visibility during truck loading.

Excellent lifting characteristics make the Volvo C-Series ideal for truck loading and a wide range of material handling applications. Each model features good tip height and reach, along with powerful lift capacity – making Volvo skid steer loaders highly efficient in repeated load and carry operations. Powerful engines deliver proven power and dependability.

Safer side access

Due to the single loader tower arm design, cab access is easier and safer. Operators enter and exit the cab through a large, wide-opening side cab door. This eliminates the need for operators to climb onto and over the bucket or attachment, which can be muddy or slippery. On both wheeled and tracked machines, a non-slip step increases safe entry and exit of the cab. Side entry also eliminates the uncomfortable body turn required of operators in order to sit down in traditional skid steer loader cab designs.

Inside the Volvo cab, the operator’s environment has been redesigned with increased space, comfort and ease-of-use in mind. The Volvo cab meets ROPS/FOPS standards, for safety and operator peace of mind. All controls and gauges are ergonomically placed to provide ease-of-use and comfort for prolonged productivity. Unlike old format machines, the new Volvo cab is sealed and pressurized, keeping dust out and noise (and operator fatigue) levels down. More importantly, in an emergency exit situation these machines are much easier to get out of than traditional format skid steers, as exit is gained through the large front window. (With traditional format machines you have to crawl out of a much smaller rear window.)

The left-hand machine control pod easily hinges rearward with the assistance of a single gas strut, allowing for easy machine entry and exit. The right control pod features a wrap-around seat bar designed to comfortably fit operators of all sizes, and acts as a rest for the operator’s right arm. Both armrests on top of the control pods are well cushioned, and the left hand control pod tilts open to reveal ample storage space. A 12V power outlet is also located inside.

Easier service. Longer life

Another feature of the new Volvo C-Series is improved service access through a forward-tilting cab and large rear compartment service door. All service and maintenance points are accessible through simple, safe means. In addition, the side entry and exit of the cab makes it possible for the operator to engage the loader arm support without the aid of a second person. Because of the side door, the operator can stop the machine, safely exit the machine without walking under the load, and then walk around the rear of the machine to safely engage the support. A best-in-class fuel tank capacity allows operators to spend less downtime refuelling the machine, delivering longer operating shifts for more productivity.