Volvo D Series compact excavators arrive Down Under
Volvo’s D Series range of compact excavators has officially landed in Australia, with CJD Equipment receiving the first of the machines in early October.
CJD says the range — which consists of the EC18D, ECR25D, ECR35D and ECR50D — features powerful, fuel-efficient Volvo engines, matched hydraulic systems and robust bodies that "offer remarkable productivity, stability and ease of use".
One of the most anticipated models in the new range is the 5-tonne ECR50D reduced swing model, which is designed with site preparation, construction landscaping and utility operators in mind.
"With superior digging performance in its class, high lifting capabilities, and leading breakout and tearout forces the ECR50D is set to be the favourite in CJD Equipment’s new compact excavator family," the company says.
Featuring a 31.2kW Volvo D2.6A engine and an advanced hydraulic system, the ECR50D is said to provide fast and powerful response with smooth operation.
The maximum breakout force is 36.12kN while the maximum tearout force is 25.93kN, which means it will perform well in tough applications.
The working range on the ECR50D has been increased through new digging equipment, including redesigned boom and attachment geometry. Dig reach is 6.29m on the long arm and 5.91m on the short arm.
A blade, with float, allows for ground levelling, grading and back filling on job sites.
CJD says tractive force has been improved by 3.3 percent. An automatic two-speed travel function allows the operator to continually drive the machine at high speed. When more force is needed, speed is automatically reduced.
State-of-the-art technology including ECO mode and load-sensing hydraulics allows the ECR50D to delivers low fuel consumption with high digging power and fast cycle times, the company says.
"The ECO mode reduces fuel consumption by up to 10 percent without any loss of performance in most operating conditions, while the load-sensing hydraulics supply power only when required," it says. "This also ensures smooth operation and precise control of the equipment."
To help reduce fuel consumption and noise the ECR50D excavator features an automatic idling system and automatic engine shut down function, which reduces engine speed and shuts the engine down when the controls or machine have been inactive for a pre-set amount of time.
In the cab
The ROPS, TOPS and FOPS air-conditioned cab has large expanses of glass for all-round visibility, ergonomically positioned controls and switches, a high level of noise insulation and lots of leg and head room.
The multi-adjustable seat and consoles are mounted on the same suspension so they move together.
CJD says the controls are easy to operate, "with simultaneous boom offset movement and fingertip control of the slew that delivers easy and fast machine positioning with outstanding control and comfort".
Slewing is controlled by the left-hand lever while offset movement is controlled by an electro-proportional roller on the right-hand lever.
Access and safety are enhanced through the use of a wide-opening door, anti-slip step, three-point safety grip system and a console that tilts backwards.
An optional anti-theft system requires a code to be entered through a keypad to start the machine. This code can be changed or disabled via the machine management system.
On the serviceability side, two gas-strut assisted and wide-opening hoods allow safe and easy access to all components and service check points from ground level.
Check points, including the engine oil and air filter (with a service interval of up to 500 hours), coolant level and fuel filtration check are all grouped for faster maintenance.
Volvo’s patented, multifunctional hydraulic oil filter comes into play when the tank is filled or topped up and before the oil returns via the drain lines. A transparent bowl enables easy oil level checks and permits early detection of contamination.
Two factory-fitted auxiliary hydraulic circuits allow the Volvo ERC50D excavator to be fitted with a range of attachments.
Using the keypad controls inside the cab, the operator can easily adjust the auxiliary hydraulic flows and match speed and power.
The keypad has four pre-programmed, adjustable settings. The direction and amount of hydraulic flow can be controlled using a simple fingertip roller control. There are no auxiliary foot pedals, increasing leg room in the cab. Maximum flow can be sent to the attachment by pressing a button on the joystick.
A hydraulic quick coupler switch allows the operator to easily change tasks and swap attachments without leaving the cab. Not only does this increase versatility and productivity, it also meets the latest safety regulations.
"Volvo’s dedicated quick couplers pick up Volvo hydraulic attachments including breakers, thumbs and buckets for use in both the face shovel and normal backhoe position," CJD says. "With functions and properties ideally matched, the excavator and attachment form a solid, reliable unit, delivering maximum productivity, profitability and safety."
CJD’s relationship with Volvo extends more than 23 years. This strategic partnership provides businesses throughout Australia with access to Volvo’s ever expanding line of construction equipment, with machines and features designed specifically to cater to the requirements of each particular industry segment. For more information call 1300 139 804.
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