Posted November 13, 2020

Compact wheel loaders with high-speed drivelines

Volvo CE adds a new high-speed driveline option for two of its L45H and L50H compact wheel loader models with speeds of up to 31 mph.

A high-speed driveline option is now available on Volvo Construction Equipment L45H and L50H compact wheel loaders, which more than doubles top speeds from 12 mph to 31 mph so the machines can travel more quickly between job sites and reduce cycle times.

Volvo wheel loaders with high-speed driveline
Volvo CE adds a new high-speed driveline option for two of its L45H and L50H compact wheel loader models with speeds of up to 31 mph.

“These loaders are often used in applications that require travel between job sites, where the standard-speed transmission may be time consuming and the alternative of transporting them by truck can be expensive,” says John Comrie, product manager, wheel loaders, Volvo CE. “The higher travel speed is not only efficient; it also improves productivity in applications like load and carry and clearing snow.”

Three driveline speeds are now available on L45H and L50H wheel loaders: the standard 12 mph; an option of 19 mph; or the top-speed option of 31.2 mph. This allows customers to choose a max speed that best suits their needs and applications.

A drive mode selector dials into the correct transmission setting; the operator can also adjust driveline behavior to attachment and application with a choice of five modes: Work, Transport, Comfort and two types of Eco modes. No matter the application — material handling with forks, truck loading, road sweeping or general load and carry tasks — there is a work mode suited to the activity, boosting productivity and operability while reducing costs.

In addition, a tractive power selector gives operators a choice of five settings to suit ground conditions. This means less wheel spin and reduced tire wear and fuel consumption. An optional electronic speed limiter for attachments such as sweepers and snow blowers controls maximum speed without losing tractive force.

As with all Volvo wheel loaders, the L45H and L50H come with a lifetime warranty on the frame, articulation joint and loader arm.

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Volvo D4J

Volvo D4J

Engine gross power


100 (75)

117 (87)

Max. torque ISO 9249, SAE J1349 net

Ft lb (N m)

306.8 (416)

343.7 (466)

Bucket capacity

y3 (m3)

1.83 (1.4)

2.1 (1.6)

Tipping load, straight (ISO/DIS 14397-1)

lb (kg)

13,094 (5,940)

14,462 (6,560)

Tipping load, full turn (ISO/DIS 14397-1)

lb (kg)

11,574 (5,250)

12,809 (5,810)

Full turn




Breakout force

lbf (kN)

15,961 (71)

15,511 (72)

Hydraulic lifting capacity, max.

lbf (kN)

15,737 (74)

19,333 (86.5)

Fork payload 80% (EN 474-3)

lb (kg)

8,818 (4,000)

8,818 (4,000)

Operating weight

lb (kg)

19,334 (8,770)

20,994 (9,500)

Customized travel speed

Mph (km/h)

12/19 (20/30)

12/19 (20/30)

Maximum travel speed - High speed

mph (km/h)

31.2 (50)

31.2 (50)