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Opinions on this Volvo truck

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by xtreem3d, Sep 4, 2015.

  1. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    Evening guys,
    Can anyone who knows anything about the quality of Volvo trucks comment on this one. I may buy it, I kind of don't care for the looks of it but am in love with the 275 HP and the 44,000 GVWR, & engine brake. I don't know anything about them or their engines.
    Thanks
    Steve

    http://www.truckpaper.com/listingsdetail/detail.aspx?OHID=6161597
     
  2. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,595

    I really like my Volvo, its a little bit older and a couple of the gauges in the dash don't work but everything else is great. Mine has a cummins L10 260hp and Allison auto. The one your looking at it doesn't say what brand engine but seeing its green I would guess its a Detroit Diesel. You said it has an engine brake but in the specs listed it says it does not so you might want to check. My truck came with a 12ft front blade (same style as yours, Root spring) also a 12ft belly blade and a Swenson stainless salt spreader. I give just under $8000. for mine with the extra equipment with 180,000 miles, I thought I got a pretty good deal.
     
  3. Maclawnco

    Maclawnco Senior Member
    from OH
    Messages: 628

    With as much new black paint is on it, I'd ask myself what they are hiding and what it looked like before. It's way too much to be paying for what looks like an unknown (maybe a pig, maybe not) that is definately wearing a nice dress. They probably paid less than 10k for it, put some re-tread on it, painted it, and are hoping for a really friendly sucker to come thru soon.
     
  4. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,971

    That looks like a Volvo engine, there green also. There good engines but when you have to repair something there big bucks.
     
  5. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,736

    You can see under the fresh paint on the frame and bed the uneven surfaces from the rust and corrosion. They probably knocked the big chunks and loose scale off, washed it and sprayed it. They didn't even remember to paint the hoist or center of the bed underneath.

    Also, why is the plow mounted 5 miles out ahead of the truck? I realize the mounts take up some room, but that just seems excessive and would increase wear on everything from suspension to steering components.
     
  6. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,595

    2 reasons as to why the mount is out so far. The hydraulic pump runs off the front of the engine right behind the bumper and on that truck they have it out even farther so the hood will open. On mine they have the grill cut so it stays in place when you open the hood and the hood goes over the top of the mount when open. Also my plow lights are on the hood not on the mount.

     
  7. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,736

    I was guessing it was for clearance for the hood (with grill intact)/hydraulics but I wasn't entirely sure.
     
  8. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    can you explain how your pumps works and any pro's or cons' about yours ?
    Is the pump always running? is it noisy? compare it to the clutch type pump under the hood.
    Thanks,
    Steve
    PS what year is your Volvo and do you have any pics?
     
  9. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,971

    Some will be air operated to turn hydraulic flow on or off. And some are always operating. Would need some closeups of the pump. The dump body on that is not very big. Have you had trucks this size before?
     
  10. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,361

    When I worked for MaineDOT I drove a Volvo wheeler and I liked it. It seemed to be a good truck with a nice cab. It's like a Sterling it's not bad and it gets the job done but, it's no Western Star or Kenworth.
     
  11. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,595

    My pump runs all the time, not noisy. I think most county trucks are like this. Mine came from the city or township of Bloomfield. Very upper end community near Detroit. I dont think the truck ever saw a dirt road until I got it. My front blade hooks up faster then my western ultra mount. Will try and get some pics.

     
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2015
  12. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    I currently have an older '82 IH S Series 28K gvwr. It almost looks like you couldn't overload that truck doesn't it?