Volvo Chinese subsidiary SDLG announces plan to enter North American market with LG938L, LG959 wheel loaders

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Updated Jul 31, 2013

Confirming prior reports, SDLG, a China-based Volvo Construction Equipment brand, announced this morning it will enter the North American market this year.

Initially “select dealers” will offer two models, the 2.4 cubic-yard LG938L and the 4 cubic yard LG959.

SDLG says its lower cost products “attract customers who are looking for machines that are reliable, simple and with a more competitive price point than premium, features-led equipment.”

SDLG has been a Volvo subsidiary since 2007, and has manufacturing facilities in China, with another plant being built in Brazil. SDLG’s complete line includes excavators, backhoes, soil and asphalt compactors and motor graders.

The 2.4-cubic-yard LG938L and 4.0-cubic-yard LG959 models are cost-effective mid-size wheel loaders. The 23,150-pound LG938L, designed for multiple load-and-carry applications, handles up to 6,000 pounds of material and delivers a max breakout force of 16,410 foot-pounds with a static tipping load of 14,860 pounds.

An optional long boom increases breakout force to 15,290 foot-pounds with a 13,500-pound full-turn tipping load. A Tier 4 interim Deutz turbocharged water-cooled engine delivers 160 gross and 142 net horsepower. The LG938L has dry disc brakes and 17.5-inch bias ply tires, with radial tires offered as an option.

The 38,250-pound LG959 handles 10,000 pounds of material and has a 34,170-pound max breakout force with a static tipping load of 22,490 foot-pounds. The optional long boom increases the loader’s breakout force to 32,820 foot pounds with a 20,240-pound rated full-turn tipping load. The LG959 has a Tier 3 Deutz water-cooled engine that delivers 224 gross and 194 net horsepower, and is equipped with 23.5-inch bias-ply tires and wet disc brakes. Radial tires are offered as an option.

Both loaders feature ROPS/FOPS cabs with floor-to-ceiling glass, joystick controls, air conditioning, radio with USB interface and more.

Al Quinn, SDLG’s director in North America, says the company’s loaders “will be appealing to many customers, especially those who would otherwise look at purchasing a new machine.”

Amy Materson contributed to this report.

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