Rotating pipelayer from Volvo delivers performance and lifting capacity

The new PL4809E rotating pipelayer from Volvo Construction Equipment delivers superior performance capabilities, thanks to its excavator-based design, safety-enhancing features, advanced Load Management System and CareTrack telematics.

Equipped with the latest Volvo D13J Tier 4 Final engine, the PL4809E delivers lifting capacity that outperforms the largest traditional side booms in its size class.

With a maximum 242,000-pound (110 metric ton) tipping capacity, heavy-duty tasks such as loading and offloading, tie-ins, and feeding pipe-bending machines are performed efficiently and swiftly. The pipelayer’s design provides unshakable stability and smooth hydraulics to work safely across rugged terrain and on slopes of up to 35 degrees — beneficial for lowering-in applications.

“The PL4809E is not only the most efficient and productive pipelayer introduced by Volvo to date, but it offers a number of unique advantages over traditional sideboom pipelayers, including additional versatility,” says John Duff, product manager, oil and gas pipeline construction at Volvo Construction Equipment.

Through an impressive 360-degree swing capacity, the operator can safely rotate the superstructure to lift and place large, heavy pipes anywhere around the machine with ease. The unique platform reduces positioning time when laying pipe, thereby boosting productivity.

Two machines in one

In as little as 4.5 hours, the PL4809E can be converted into a standard excavator by switching the pipelayer boom for an excavator alternative included in the optional digging kit. By offering the benefits of two machines in one, customers get the most out of their investment. Hydraulics matched for both pipelaying and digging applications result in no loss of power in either configuration. Unlike traditional sideboom-dozer-type pipelayers, Volvo’s PL4809E can easily be transported between or around job sites on a trailer or lowboy without having to disassemble the boom or counterweight.

Pre-prepared booms allow for quick and easy installation of an optional boom extension. This extension provides the same lifting capacity but with more versatility for improved reach and hook height. It is ideal for pipe unloading, stacking and tie-ins. A durable boom pad protection along the boom structure helps avoid machine damage when pipes are touching the boom. Pads added on right-hand side of the boom and an anchor point on the adaptor offer further protection.

Company Info

  • Volvo Construction Equipment

    312 Volvo Way
    Shippensburg , PA
    US , 17257

    Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is a major international company developing, manufacturing and marketing equipment for construction and related industries. Its products, leaders in many world markets, include a comprehensive range of wheel loaders, hydraulic excavators, articulated haulers, motor graders, soil and asphalt compactors, pavers, milling machines and compact equipment. Volvo CE is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction equipment, as well as drive systems for marine and industrial applications. The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service. The Volvo Group, which employs about 115,000 people, has production facilities in 20 countries and sells its products in more than 190 markets. The Volvo Group is a publicly-held company headquartered in Göteborg, Sweden.

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