Ten Models with Proven Power and Enhanced Safety Features
Volvo Construction Equipment offers 10 models of compact excavators — nine of them tracked machines and one wheeled. The latest additions to the lineup are the ultra-short swing ECR18E mini excavator and the EC20E compact excavator. The ECR18E features a rear overhang of only 0.5 in. when the tracks are fully extended — the shortest radius in the Volvo range — allowing it to work close to obstacles and fit in spaces as narrow as 39 in. Volvo offers four other short tail swing models — the ECR25D, ECR40D, ECR58D and ECR88D. Volvo also has four models in addition to the EC20E with conventional swing radiuses — the EC27D, EC35D, EC60E and EW60E.
Volvo’s X-frame undercarriage on compact excavators is similar to that of its larger excavators. With one of the thickest tracks and HD drive sprockets in the industry, says Volvo, these units ensure long life and provide protection from harsh conditions. Another feature is the automatic kick-down in the drive system that automatically shifts to low range when making a turn or climbing a grade. Dozer blades are standard on all Volvo compact excavator models as well, and a float blade is standard from EC35D up to ECR88D. Four-way angle blades are also optional on these models.
Volvo says its compact excavators have some of the largest cabs in the compact excavator industry, and the machines are packed with features that improve safety and ease of maintenance. Cab and canopy units are ROPS/FOPS/TOPS safety-certified structures. The canopy version is the most common on compact excavators, but an operator is normally more efficient in a cab machine, and the cab protects the machine and can increase resale value. Filters, fills and service points are all easily accessed from ground level. Retractable safety belts and travel alarms are standard on all models, which continually reinforces one Volvo core value — safety.
Volvo also can supply a wide range of attachments that are properly sized for the compact excavator and the application. For use of hydraulic attachments such as thumbs or breakers, all Volvo compact excavators come standard with single (hammer) and double (thumb) hydraulic circuits. Volvo also offers mechanical or hydraulic attachment carriers. For more information, be sure to visit your local Volvo Construction Equipment dealer and test drive some of these units.
Advice to Buyers
“Always consider the application and working conditions when making a purchase,” says John Comrie, product manager, Volvo Construction Equipment. “For example, if you’ll be working in an urban environment, you may want to consider an excavator with a short tail swing, or if your application involves a lot of lifting, you may consider a conventional radius model.”