The first Volvo L50F wheeled loader to land in Great Britain has gone to work handling and blending animal feeds at Hitchcock Farms, Ringshall near Stowmarket Suffolk.
Just launched onto the market and making its debut at Intermat, Paris in April, the first L50F to land in Great Britain has been purchased by Suffolk based Hitchcock Farms. Joining an existing L60E purchased in 2004 for handling ash and fertilizer, the new arrival has been put to work loading and blending raw materials to produce a whole range of animal feeds in a dedicated work zone at Hitchcock’s Chapel Farm.
According to proprietor Guy Hitchcock the new loading shovel from Volvo “ticked all the boxes” required for the animal feed blending operation citing the machine’s compactness, smoothness of operation, load over height and capacity.
The L50F along with its smaller brother, the L45F, are two new mid-sized wheeled loaders joining Volvo Construction Equipment’s F series line up and are the first of a new breed of loader to emerge from Volvo’s design team. Most notably, the design of the rear chassis with its sloping engine hood - thanks to the transverse mounted four point eight Tier III engine and hydrostatic motor, provides superb visibility all around the machine. The operator’s environment has been recognised as a key factor in achieving high productivity and the Volvo Care Cab is at the forefront of delivering a high level of operator comfort. All the machine’s controls and functions come easily to hand and air conditioning is of course standard.
With an operating weight of 9430kg, the L50F has an optimum bucket size of one point six cubic metres and has a full turn tip load of 5900kg. The engine output of 117hp is superbly matched to the hydrostatic transmission allowing full power shift under load when changing direction and between speed ranges. As with its bigger brothers in the range the L50F sports a Torque Parallel (TP) loader linkage which provides smooth, parallel lift, high roll back torque and good lifting power throughout the lift cycle. The Volvo hydraulic attachment bracket facilitates the easy change over of attachments.
Hitchcock Farms is a family run farming business that can trace its origins as far back as 1762 and today farms 800 acres of arable land. The business diversified its activities back in 1993 handling fertilizer and ash for the agricultural market and more latterly with blending a comprehensive range of animal feed.