Volvo launches new 35-tonne excavator

By: Thea Christie

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Volvo Construction Equipment has introduced the EC350D, a heavy-duty crawler excavator in a new 35-tonne weight class designed for efficiency, maximum production and optimal fuel consumption.

Volvo launches new 35-tonne excavator
Volvo unveils its new 35 tonne crawler excavator, the EC350D.

The EC350D comes with a new Volvo D8 six-cylinder engine. The durable unit is equipped with in-line vertical, electronic-controlled, high-pressure fuel injectors, cooled external exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), turbo charger with waste gate and air-to-air intercooler.

An optional water separator protects the engine and increases resistance against impurities in fuel.

According to Volvo, fuel consumption with the new D8 engine is 10 per cent lower than previous engine generations.

The EC350D is equipped with Volvo’s Eco Mode with the aim of lowering fuel consumption and conserving power with an electronic pump control technology.

Volvo says its Eco Mode reduces the amount of flow lost through overload relief valves while maintaining digging power and maximising swing torque.

The system incorporates four work modes into the throttle control. When the operator selects a work mode – including idle, fine, general, heavy and power – the rpm is set for maximum efficiency. The new G4 mode is also included in the package.

The boom and arm, idler frames and travel motor brackets are reinforced with thick metal plates to distribute mechanical stress evenly, allowing the machine to take on the toughest jobs.

Additional side wear plates aim to protect the arm-end bearing.

The spacious, pressurised cab contains 14 air vents for climate control and operator comfort. The operator is protected by a ROPS-certified structure, and perforated anti-slip plates to promote operator safety.

A new colour LCD monitor and ergonomic switch layout gives operators better command while a rear view camera increases worksite safety.

The machine’s I-ECU monitor features a service interval display to keep the operator informed about oil levels, filters and water separator levels. Large compartment doors are designed to open wide for access to service points; with grouped filters, cooling units and greasing points situated near ground level for easy maintenance.

A new electro-hydraulic system and main control valve allows flow to be customised and losses to be reduced in the hydraulic circuit for better control and cycle times as well as better fuel economy.

The boom float uses gravity to allow the boom to float above the ground, freeing up hydraulic flow to be used elsewhere which Volvo says will improve cycle times and provide greater control for grading operations.

Volvo offers a range of attachments including durable buckets, quick couplers, Volvo teeth and wear parts to go with the new excavator. For breaking through tough materials, a new line of hydraulic breakers is also available.

Volvo offers a range of Customer Support Agreements to back up the new EC350D with preventative maintenance, repairs and uptime services.

For more information, visit Volvo Construction Equipment’s website.

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