Posted March 1, 2016

Two New Compact Excavator Models from Volvo

Volvo CE debuted two new compact excavators at The Rental Show last month. The EC35D and ECR40D feature roomier cabs and intelligent hydraulics. The models use a Tier 4 final Volvo D1.8A engine that is 5 percent more fuel efficient than previous models.

Vovlo compact excavator ecr40rrBreak-out and tear-out force also improved compared to previous models, with a 6 percent improvement for the EC35D and more than 14 percent for the ECR40D. The ECR40D is a short swing radius model. 

“Our intelligent hydraulics are perfectly matched to the Volvo engine, allowing these excavators to automatically find the sweet spot between engine speed and hydraulic efficiency. Couple that with our proportional pilot control joysticks and fuel-saving features, and it’s clear these machines provide industry-leading performance at a very low operating cost,” said John Comrie, utility product manager at Volvo Construction Equipment.

The intuitive controls put productivity and efficiency at the fingertips of the operator. In-cab features include:

  • Four attachment-specific buttons that allow for precise adjustment of hydraulic flow
  • Servo-hydraulic travel levers/pedals eliminate need for cables and ensure smooth actuation
  • ECO mode reduces fuel consumption by up to 10 percent
  • Two user-adjustable engine speeds for tasks such as grading or lifting
  • Auto idle function and auto engine shut-down
  • Electric control of the ISO pattern change value from the operator seat
  • Optional start prevention system with 4-digit user codes to prevent theft

The short swing tail radius and positioning of the offset boom allow the ECR40D excavator to work in particularly tight spaces. The swing post and offset cylinder stay within the tracks when in an offset position, and the slew and offset movements are controlled simultaneously.

The side-mounted engine allows for easy access to the main compartment, where the engine and hydraulic oil are kept cool by easy-to-clean, side-by-side coolers. Wide-opening hoods allow easy access to the filling points. Greasing intervals have been extended to 50 hours, and engine oil changes to 500 hours, maximizing uptime. 

Along with these new excavators, Volvo has also introduced the latest hydraulic quick coupler. The universal pin-type grabber allows the operator to quickly connect a variety of attachments from the comfort of the cab, as well as switch between regular and front-shoveling positions.

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