The York Consortium of Drainage Boards has purchased two Volvo BL61 Plus powershift backhoe loaders for its mobile plant fleet from Chippindale Plant
The BL61 Plus is powered by a Volvo 4 cylinder low emission engine developing 91hp. The carefully matched drive train provides high fuel efficiency and in addition, a fuel tank of 120 litres capacity keeps the BL61 working longer between top ups. The powershift transmission aids productivity with four forward and reverse speeds with automatic mode engaged when 4th speed is selected.
The box-welded front loading arms are shaped to follow the line of the engine cover for good visibility, while its self levelling system (with ‘float’ and ‘return to dig’ modes) allows the operator to concentrate on machine positioning. The centre mounted bucket cylinder also affords the operator a high degree of visibility at the bucket end due to how it is mounted, provides optimum digging power.
The loader arm has a lift capacity of 2922kg while offering a generous bucket breakout force of 49.6kN. At the rear of the machine, the side shifting backacter with extendible dipper gives a maximum reach and dig depth of 5.87 metres and 4.28 metres respectively and a practical load over height of 2.9 metres,. The backhoe cylinders are cushioned to eliminate jolting and the rigid hydraulic lines are cleanly routed inside the boom. For additional safety, the Board specified the fitting of Prolec ‘heightwatch’ systems for use when operating under power lines.
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