Posted February 8, 2024

Two new mini excavators

Volvo CE adds two new compact excavators to North America, the 3.5-ton EC37 and the 4-ton ECR40.

Volvo mini excavators
This duo shares the same platform and components, though the EC37 excavator has a conventional upper carriage design and the ECR40 excavator has a short swing radius to allow for work in more confined spaces. 

The new models provide increased operator comfort, 10 percent more fuel efficiency, better stability and easier maintenance. These models replace the EC35D, ECR35D and ECR40D.

This duo shares the same platform and components, though the EC37 excavator has a conventional upper carriage design and the ECR40 excavator has a short swing radius to allow for work in more confined spaces. 

Effortless control and comfort
The new EC37 and ECR40 excavators give operators a spacious, ergonomic and quiet cab — considered one of the best on the market. It provides outstanding visibility thanks to slim corner pillars and wide, flat glass areas. For added comfort, the armrest and controls float with the seat, and the door opening and travel pedals are larger than in previous models.

The intuitive jog wheel and easy-to-navigate human machine interface (HMI) functionalities provide controllability and adaptability for any job requirements. Work modes include an ECO mode and an auto engine-shutdown in addition to the existing auto engine idle. With auto engine-shutdown, hours not worked are not recorded, keeping the machine operating efficiently for longer while reducing maintenance costs. This also contributes to a 10 percent boost in fuel efficiency.

Optimized hydraulics
Because of the customizable hydraulics flow setting and work modes for a wide range of attachments and applications, it is easier than ever to set up these excavators for any task.

If there are multiple operators working with the same machine, each person can set up the controls however they see fit with a few simple setting changes on the new 5-inch HMI.

Versatility and stability
The EC37 and ECR40 include a new elongated undercarriage for optimum stability in almost any environment, thanks to the better weight balance provided by longer contact between the tracks and the ground. The adjusted center of gravity reduces the “rocking chair effect” other compact excavators may create.

The counterweight has been standardized across these two models and the ECR50 and ECR58 excavators to simplify component needs for fleets with multiple models. Optional features include a float blade and LED work lights.

Maximum uptime and reduced maintenance
These new machines have 50-hour greasing intervals and a fuel tank capacity of 18.5 gallons. The patented multifunction hydraulic oil filter provides outstanding protection to the hydraulic system. The engine and rear hoods feature wide openings, and the engine doesn’t require a diesel particulate filter.