An extreme vehicle for extreme conditions

An extreme vehicle for extreme conditions

Forestry haulage is a specialised field, requiring rather specialised vehicles. Volvo has just the one.


The extreme conditions of timber transport present operators with diverse needs that call for trucks that are durable, reliable and versatile. On dirt roads, through dense forests, and loaded with timber to be carried a long distance, profitable transport operations demand the highest level of reliability, power and safety. Enter the Volvo FH – made for reliability in the harshest environments and with the heaviest loads, employing powerful drivelines and robust chassis, all matched to first-class comfort.

The FH range is defined by its wide range of chassis heights and multiple axle configurations and drive options, including all-wheel drive and twin front axles. And boy, what drive there is from the D16C (550 or 610 hp) or D16G (540, 600 or 700 hp) range of engines.

The FH16 750 is, says Volvo, “the culmination of everything we know about trucks – and then some!” Yes, the mammoth 750 hp (559 kW) and 3 550 Nm of torque – 90 percent of which is available almost immediately – makes the Volvo FH16 750 the ultimate solution for heavy haulage, construction and long haul. It’s also a drivetrain designed to offer the ultimate driving experience as, despite this enormous output, it’s also been designed to offer outstanding fuel efficiency. When out on the open road, average speed is increased by the adoption of VEB+ (Volvo Engine Breaking +). The D16 engine is also available as an enhanced environmentally-friendly vehicle (EEV) certified version.

The engine is coupled to the automated I-Shift manual gearbox, offering one of the most sophisticated gear-changing systems available. Rear axles are either single reduction (GCW approval: 44 – 70 tonnes) or hub reduction (GCW approval: 70 – 100/180 tonnes).

Volvo is synonymous with safety, no matter the vehicle. The FH range offers an array of safety items, such as inertia-reel seatbelts with sensors to monitor sudden movements and an SRS airbag that can be specified on the driver side. There is also an array of driver support systems to choose from, all designed to minimise the risk of road accidents, especially with a load. There is also a steel bumper and guard plate protecting the engine.

Cabs offered are the Volvo sleeper cab, Globetrotter cab and Globetrotter XL cab, all designed to offer the ultimate driver experience by way of the highest quality and standards.

Volvo has created the FH with one thing in mind: hauling high maximum loads in hilly terrain; a truck made for extreme conditions.


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