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The Volvo PL4611 and its fellow-machines represent an advancement over traditional pipelaying dozers with a side-based boom. Based on the Volvo excavator design, configuration and engineering, the Pipelayer provides a 360-degree swing with full lifting performance and functionality at all radius positions a function unattainable with conventional side-boom pipelayers. The Volvo PL has a wide gauge, lower center of gravity, and a lifting platform where the boom is mounted inboard of the track frame and closer to the machine’s centerline for extraordinary stability and much higher lift capacities up to 29 percent higher than conventional equipment. Lift capacities range from 20 metric tons to 150 metric tons, originating from a patented adaptation of Volvo excavator-machines combined with modern lifting technology.