Volvo Construction Equipment’s New L60G, L70G And L90G Wheel Loaders In The 13 To 17 Ton Class

The latest additions to Volvo Construction Equipment’s G-Series wheel loaders are the L60G, L70G, and L90G midsized machines. Not only does the loader arms’ patented TP linkage offer superior breakout and lifting forces, they also remain perfectly parallel throughout the lifting range — ensuring load stability. This combination of power throughout the lift cycle, parallel movement and long reach makes the L60G, L70G and L90G ideal in material handling jobs. Suitable for a wide range of other applications, these machines can change tools quickly, because of the Volvo hydraulic attachment bracket.

The L60G, L70G and L90G all enjoy the modern stylistic overhaul of the rest of the G-Series range. This includes a new electrically operated sloping engine hood design that improves rear visibility and, when opened, provides wide access to the engine compartment for easier servicing and repair.

Higher torque with lower emissions

These new machines meet Tier 4i emissions regulations. The L60G, L70G, and L90G are powered by a Volvo 6-liter, 6-cylinder turbocharged V-ACT (Volvo Advanced Combustion Technology) off-highway diesel engine, which features cooled gas recirculation and a particulate filter with active regeneration. The diesel particulate filter (DPF) temporarily holds the particulate matter and then incinerates it, further reducing emissions. This process is conducted without any loss of performance or operation. Producing between 161 and 173 hp depending on the model, these three units provide high torque at low engine speeds.

The D6 engine also delivers fuel efficiency, reliability, and low noise levels. The production of torque and power at low engine speeds, combined with load-sensing hydraulics, promotes work at a lower rpm, which in turn extends engine life, lowers fuel usage, and dramatically reduces noise. A hydraulically driven, electronically controlled fan, which increases fan speeds only when needed also adds to fuel economy and lower noise levels.

Built to perform together

These new engines are matched to drivetrain, hydraulics, and lifting systems that are all designed and produced by Volvo for improved productivity, lower emissions, greater smoothness, easy serviceability, and operator comfort. The L90G wheel loader also features a 23 percent increase in lifting force and 19 percent improvement in breakout force. The improvement ensures smooth operation and full buckets for faster cycle times and increased productivity.

Load-sensing hydraulics delivers power to hydraulic functions only when needed, eliminating unnecessary oil pumping. Fitted with high capacity axial piston pumps with variable flow, the working hydraulic pressure has been increased from 3,771 to 4,496 psi. These improvements provide superior control of the attachments and loading, as well as higher breakout forces and faster lift and tilt functions.

Transmissions feature the Volvo Automatic Power Shift (APS) concept, which ensures the loader always operates in the ideal gear by sensing engine and travel speed, kick-down, engine braking, and other factors. Offering operators a choice of four gear-shifting programs, APS results in more efficient work cycles with lower fuel consumption and wear. Power is delivered to the ground through heavy-duty wet brake axles that offer high rim pull. In difficult terrain, operators can select the differential lock to transfer 100 percent of the available power to the drive wheels, reducing tire slippage and offering maximum traction in soft or slippery conditions. Purpose-built, durable axle housings absorb all loading from the machine, reducing working stresses on the axle shafts for longer life.

The Volvo patented Torque Parallel (TP) linkage combines the benefits of Z-bar and Parallel linkages in one system, delivering good parallel movement and high breakout force, even in the highest lift position. The TP linkage has a strong and durable design to withstand tough conditions.

Comfortably in control

ROPS/FOPS approved, visibility in the spacious new cab is excellent to the rear, to the bucket edge, and to the centrally located instrumentation. Operators can breathe easily thanks to efficient air management and filtering systems — and get the job done in a comfortable, clean, low-noise, low-vibration work environment.

The servo controls are mounted in an adjustable console, and pilot-operated hydraulics enable attachments to be easily controlled with minimal effort and high precision. Also, to encourage operators to work smoothly, the eco accelerator pedal applies an appropriate amount of mechanical backpressure, encouraging operating techniques with low fuel consumption. Fuel use is also reduced, thanks to a load-sensing steering system, which only activates when the steering wheel is turned.

The G-Series comes with advanced electronic monitoring diagnostics that are designed to prolong machine 
life, enhance uptime, and maximize productivity. Contronics monitors functions in real time and alerts the operator if problems occur. MATRIS charts and analyzes data on machine handling and operation. VCADS Pro is a service tool that allows easy trouble shooting. CareTrack, the Volvo Construction Equipment telematics system, allows machine location and operating data to be securely viewed via the Internet from anywhere in the world, aiding decisions on maintenance and repairs.


Servicing is made easy on the G-Series, with daily pre-start items quickly checked and scheduled service items conveniently grouped together. The new-look engine cover also provides better ventilation of the engine compartment and gives good access for fast and easy cleaning or servicing duties. Centralized, ground level lubrication banks lower the time spent on scheduled maintenance. Service items, like filters, are easy to reach and easy to replace. The rear axles are supported on maintenance-free cradles and include greased-for-life bearings and bushings that reduce service requirements.

The G-Series comes with a wide range of Volvo attachments to suit the application. Attachment brackets make changing tools fast and easy. All are designed and approved by Volvo to work in perfect harmony with the machines’ link-arm geometry, breakout, rim pull, and lifting forces.

Model Specifications

Model L60G L70G L90G
Engine D6H Tier 4i D6H Tier 4i D6H Tier 4i
Maximum Power 
1400 – 1800 rpm 
1400 – 1700 rpm 
1400 – 1700 rpm
ISO 9249, 
SAEJ1349 net 161 hp (120 kW) 169 hp (126 kW) 173 hp (129 kW)
Breakout force 18,637 lbf

(82,9 kN)*

21,447 lbf

(95,3 kN)**

31,765 lbf

(141,3 kN)***

Static tipping load at full turn 16,402 lb

(7440 kg)*

18,651 lb

(8460 kg)**

21,010 lb

(9530 kg)***

Buckets 2.2 – 6.5 yd3

(1.6 – 5.0 m3)

2.35 – 8.4 yd3

(1.8 – 6.4 m3)

2.87 – 9.2 yd3

(2.2-7.0 m3)

Log grapples 0.9 – 1.7 yd3

(0.7 – 1.3 m3)

1.2 –  2 yd3

(0.9 – 1.5 m3)

1.7 –  3.1 yd3

(1.3 – 2.4 m3)

Operating Weight 24,250 – 29,320 lb

(11.0 – 13.6 t)

28,000 – 33,070 lb

(12.7– 15.5 t)

29,000 – 34,600 lb (14.5 – 17.3 t)
Tires 17.5R25, 20.5R25






*Bucket 2.7 yd3 (2.1 m3) (pin-on) BOE, Tires 20.5R25 L3

** Bucket 3.0 yd3 (2.3 m3) (pin-on) BOE, Tires 20.5R25 L3

*** Bucket 3.7 yd3 (2.5 m3) (pin-on) BOE, Tires 20.5R25 L3


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.