Last year Volvo overhauled its L350F wheeled loader to improve operator comfort and safety. It's time to take a closer look.
When introduced in 2007, the L350F represented a complete redesign of the Volvo wheeled loader range. Production of the updated machines began in February 2014, and the new additions complement this original design, which introduced lock-up torque converters and boom suspension for load and carry operations, as well as industry-leading maintenance access.
The new ‘heavy-duty operator’s seat’ (and I think that’s the seat that’s heavy-duty, rather than the operator, but it might easily be either) offers air suspension, a high back and head rest, and can be heated. There are more seat adjustment possibilities than previously – including colour-coded height adjustment and separate adjustment for the seat cushion.
Here’s another one of those fun Caterpillar promo videos.
We’ve seen Giant Jenga and Cat in a China shop. Now here we are on the golf course – or at least, a strange makeshift mobile golf course in the Arizona desert.
As you will see, two Japanese golf pros take the sport to a whole new level as they tackle a course made entirely of moving Cat equipment.
Here are some photos from Plantworx 2015, which took place in Leicestershire last week.
Despite high winds and hard rain on the first day, the organisers are proclaiming the event a storming success. With 14,000 visitors over the three days, traffic was up 18% on the inaugural 2013 event.
According to Practical Caravan magazine, Grantown-on-Spey Caravan Park in the Scottish Highlands is “the number one campsite in the UK”.
I am not in a position to argue with that assertion, but what I do know – because the people at Volvo have told me – is that they’ve bought themselves a new digger to make the place even better. A Volvo ECR58D reduced swing radius compact excavator is helping with some remodelling works.
Over the past 28 years the park has been landscaped into one of the UK’s most popular caravan and camper van sites. The family run business, headed by John Fleming, has continued to develop facilities with the addition of static holiday homes and lodges.
This was a new one for me: tarpaulin engine curtains.
We are all now very familiar with various kinds of plastics replacing metal bodywork – not just on our motor cars but on heavy duty construction machinery as well. But I believe that here is an example of this trend being taken to the next level.
This is a Liebherr LR 1250, a 250-tonne capacity crawler crane, on show at a recent customer day at the Nenzing factory in Austria. The engine cover is a curtain made of truck tarpaulin that simply folds back – or Seitenverkleidung mit LKW-Plane, as the locals say.