Armed with an 83-horsepower engine and a fixed-displacement, flow-sharing hydraulic system the new Volvo BL60 backhoe loader offers contractors a 14-foot, 9-inch digging depth, 11,864 foot-pounds of excavator bucket digging force and 8,936 foot-pounds of loader bucket breakout force. Options on the BL60 include two- or four-wheel drive, enclosed cab or open canopy, a boom suspension ride-control function and a standard or extendible dipper. The BL60 also shares several attributes found on the BL70, which was introduced about a year ago, including 500-hour engine oil changes and a tilting hydraulic oil cooler. A curved, S-style boom and a cast-iron pivot and base on the boom improve durability.
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