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Classic restoration of an iconic Volvo Loader at MaskinExpo

Mon 17 Jun 2013

Classic restoration of an iconic Volvo Loader at MaskinExpo

These machines gained their heritage from the Bolinder–Munktell H10 models, which were actually first introduced in 1954. Although a rather strange looking concept when compared to today’s modern loaders, these machines were incredibly successful right through the 1960’s and early 1970’s. The loaders were the first in the world with the all-rounder concept, and introduced fast, efficient and operator-friendly machines with powerful engines, power shift, and on some models, four wheel drive. It’s hardly surprising to learn that back in 1969 Volvo introduced the world's first hydraulic attachment bracket. Even back in those days the Swedes were at the forefront of hydraulic attachment technology, something that still continues to this day! This particular model, the LM 621 was produced from 1970-1978, and was a two wheel drive machine. The power came from a Volvo BM D42 engine, which developed 59kw (80hp) and the machine weighed in at around 7200kgs. Built in Eskilstuna in Sweden, this machine had no date of manufacture on its plate, but it did have a manufacturing number which read 3542. Maybe one of our Swedish readers can put an exact date to this model? I would love to hear more about the machine from you. Our friend and contact at Volvo CEGB, Mark Gunns, who is the company’s Marketing Services Manager, has recently recommended the award winning Master Builder video, which documents the company’s history from its early days in Eskilstuna, to a massive global player that it is today. This great video was the winner of a silver dolphin trophy at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards, back in 2011 and is well worth another watch.
We thank Mark Gunns for his assistance with this post.  

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