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Volvo A30D Articulated Hauler

Base Vehicle:
Volvo A30D Articulated Hauler
Model Year:
2003 specifications
Engine Model:
Volvo D10B AAE2
Rated output at, r/s (r/min):
33,3 (2 000)
Max Speed:
53 km/h
Load capacity SAE struck, m3:
Load capacity SAE 2:1 heap, m3
28 t
Net Weight:
Gross Weight:
Production Year:
Armour Level:
STANAG 4569 level 2

General Features:

  • Volvo cab, designed for high operator visibility, ergonomics and comfort
  • Reduced maintenance time, no daily or weekly grease points
  • Electronic Operator’s Communication System
  • Volvo high performance — low emission, electronically controlled, direct injected, turbocharged, intercooled diesel engine
  • Fully automatic planetary transmission, electronically controlled
  • Hydraulic retarder integral in transmission
  • Dropbox with longitudinal differential lock
  • 100% lock-up differentials. One longitudinal and three transverse differential locks
  • Front axle with three-point suspension
  • Volvo terrain bogie, individually oscillating axles and high ground clearance
  • Volvo Load & Dump Brake

Exterior Features:

  • ROPS/ FOPS protected cab
  • Service platform for ease of service
  • Anti-slip material on hood and fenders
  • Hazard lights
  • Protective grille for rear window
  • Rear- view mirrors
  • Retractable 3-inch safety belt
  • Secondary steering
  • Steering joint locking assembly
  • Dump body lock
  • Tilt/telescopic steering wheel
  • Cab heater with filtered fresh air and defroster


  • Automatic transmission
  • Torque converter with automatic lock-up
  • Dropbox, single-stage
  • Hydraulic variable retarder
  • 6×4 or 6×6 operator selectable drive modes
  • 100% longitudinal differential lock
  • 100% differential locks in all axle
  • Air-hydraulic disc brakes
  • Two circuit brake system
  • Parking brake on prop shaft

The history of Volvo Construction Equipment cannot be described without a specific section devoted to one of the company’s star products, the articulated hauler. In response to demands for an all-terrain hauler that could be used in very tough and difficult operating conditions, the world’s first articulated hauler saw the light of day in 1966. Based on a tractor without front axle and with a trailer coupled to it through a hitch with an articulation joint it was a unique and entirely new machine concept that within a few years would revolutionise earth-moving and other demanding mass transport operations in the construction sector. This type of machine soon became very popular the world over and had a market share of over 50% in 1988.

The first version of the articulated hauler, the DR 631 model was a rugged, un-sprung vehicle with articulated steering, four-wheel drive, a load capacity of 10 tonnes and a safety cab in which the operator was placed in the centre-line right over and in the middle of the front axle, a concept still today retained by Volvo. The A30D with D10 engine has an increased payload and body capacity and can haul faster and even bigger loads – at a lower cost. Regardless of terrain and ground conditions.

In November 2003 the new D9 engine was introduced with higher torque.