The new Volvo SD75 soil compactor — high productivity meets low emissions
Micheal Newman | October 25, 2012
The new SD75 is not just a powerful, hard-working soil compactor with a Tier 4i certified engine and a host of innovative features, the SD75 is a high impact machine that boasts a low impact on the environment.
When it comes to demanding compacting jobs, the new SD75 soil compactor from Volvo Construction Equipment is loaded with features that enable it to take on a wide range of applications. The highly maneuverable, mid-sized compactor is suited for small to medium sized jobs and even performs well inside structures. New features improve the SD75 compacting capability — boosting efficiency and productivity while lowering cost of operation.
Powerful, versatile drum features
Built for optimum compacting performance, the SD75 provides greater material density in fewer passes. High centrifugal forces, high frequency and drum weight all combine to produce the energy necessary for excellent compaction and high machine productivity.
Dynamic drum forces can be easily adapted to suit a wide range of terrain or depth of material. High or low amplitudes are selectable from the operator control panel. Additionally, two drum frequencies can be chosen with a console switch to compensate for changing soil types and conditions and an optional 5-frequency feature further boosts the machine’s versatility and performance.
A center joint provides +/-38 degrees of articulation and +/-17 degrees of drum oscillation for stable, flexible machine performance and greater operator comfort over rough terrain. Because the 66-inch wide drum remains in constant contact with the ground surface, compaction is both smooth and uniform.
Able to negotiate slopes of up to 33 percent, the SD75 drum frame design offers better, more effective gradeability. The possibility of digging into the surface or damaging the machine is eliminated, as an angled frame allows better clearance in the approach to steep slopes and while loading.
The SD75 is a steady and stable work platform with a heavily constructed axle that is integrated in the drive train for an efficient rear-wheel drive system. Traction is increased with the No-Spin® differential axle, which prevents tire slippage and improves gradeability, performance and productivity. The optional Ultra-Grade® traction system also improves gradeability when operating on slippery surfaces and steep inclines.
More productive, with more care for the environment
One highlight of the new SD75 is its powerful 4-cylinder Volvo engine (99.2 hp) which combines Tier 4i and EPA certification with the performance, dependability and fuel efficiency for which Volvo is known. A diesel particulate filter (DPF) burns off and eliminates material build-up — further reducing emissions. A hydraulically operated engine cooling fan runs only when needed, reducing fuel consumption and noise levels. Volvo long life coolants protect the machine for up to 6,000 hours, resulting in lowered operating costs and more uptime. For added peace of mind, the engine is backed by Volvo dealer service and parts support, as well as a 1,000-hour warranty.
Safety first – and last
In line with the Volvo commitment to safety, the emergency stop system can be easily activated by the operator, shutting down the engine, applying the brakes and stopping the machine’s movement. Further promoting safe operating conditions, a switch located in the seat will shut the machine down and apply the brakes if the operator rises from the seat for more than five seconds during operation. Care for the environment is also ingrained in the design of the new SD75. Even simple things are important — for example a new hydraulic oil fill and Volvo standard sight glass are now included as standard, minimizing the possibility of oil spills and overfilling.