Volvo excavators save power

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An energy-efficient range of Volvo excavators has hit the Australian market, with two models in stock locally and a third to come by the end of this year.


The EC250E and EC300E excavators are currently available in Australia


Currently in stock around Australia, the EC250E and EC300E are part of Volvo Construction Equipment’s new E series of excavators.

The biggest draw card for the EC250E and EC300E is their greater fuel efficiency, delivering ten per cent more range than previous models thanks to the installation of the latest D8M Volvo engine.

The engine, which has 225 gross horsepower (168 kW) for the EC250E and 257 gross horsepower (189 kW) for the EC300E, benefits from a five per cent increase in power thanks to a slight tweak which reduces the rpm from 1800 to 1600.


The new D8M engines help make these Volvo excavators more fuel efficient


The excavators are among the smaller machines available in Volvo CE’s larger crawler range which also includes an improved and new intelligent electro-hydraulics system

A new E Series model, the 35-tonne EC350E, has been developed and is expected to arrive Down Under by the end of 2021, according to local distributors CJD Equipment.

Users of both the EC250E and EC300E will be able to prioritise one function – either boom/swing or boom/travel over boom/down speed control – enhancing controllability and operational functionality and making the excavators ideal for precision tasks.


A new three-point right-hand side acess platform is one new safety measure


Volvo CE has also taken the necessary steps to improve safety and accessibility with the addition of a new three-point right-hand side access for the upper structure including the ergonomic and low-noise cab.

An electric control joystick and full electric travel pedals will help improve response times, Volvo says, while optional new Dig-Assist apps offering on-board weighing, a 2D in-field design and 3D software packages can be controlled using the Volvo’s 10 inch (25cm) Co-Pilot tablet.

Incorporated as standard is the Volvo Active Control system, which improves digging accuracy through automated boom and bucket movements, and the ability to set height and depth limits, and avoid obstacles such as power lines, fences and any pipes or cables underground.


New controls help make the excavators ideal for precision tasks


The company says its hydraulic attachment cooling capacity has increased by 10 per cent, while fewer hoses reduces the need for couplings and increases reliability.

The EC250E model has an operating weight of up to 29.4 tonnes, while the EC300E model has an operating weight of up to 33 tonnes, including a counterweight 700kg heavier than the previous version.

Both models can carry up to 10 tonnes along the under carriage.

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