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Volvo CE expands demolition excavator range

Volvo CE has expanded its range of straight boom demolition excavators with the addition of the 45-tonne EC500 to the US market

The new demolition excavator gives operators an additional 30 per cent increase in pin height over the standard boom, Volvo CE announced.

A 25.5ft (7.8m) straight boom is fitted to the EC500 and is also equipped with numerous heavy-duty features to withstand vigorous work.

“The EC500 straight boom gives customers a new 50-ton (45-tonne) option for larger jobs and perfectly complements our three high reach models as well as our 14-ton (12.7-tonne) to 95-ton (86.2-tonne) standard excavators that offer demolition-specific guarding and hydraulic options,” Volvo CE demolition strategic accounts director Tony den Hoed says.

Volvo CE says the EC500 is based upon the proven standard model introduced at ConExpo 2023 but is custom-built for demolition.

In addition to the straight boom and purpose-built arm, the EC500 straight boom has a 2,998kg heavier counterweight for added stability. When moving from site to site the counterweights can be removed using a hydraulic removal feature.

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To protect the machine during demolition work, Volvo CE says it is reinforced with boom/bucket cylinder protection, full track guards, heavy-duty belly covers and heavy-duty side doors.

Volvo CE says in an industry first, the case drain line is plumbed directly to its tank, returning oil directly back to the tank and not to a case drain circuit, reducing back pressure on the rotation circuit.

A larger auxiliary return line for fast attachment movement is also included as part of the standard features, as well as quick-fit hydraulic connections and a dust suppression system. The company says the dust suppression system can pump 30 litres per minute through four nozzles.

An updated cab provides a range of safety features for the operator, including a new rollover protection system and frame-mounted falling object guards.

Volvo CE says the cab also provides high impact-resistant single-piece glass windows that are half an inch (1.27cm) thick.

Front and top window wipers and fluid now provide an operator with greater visibility while working.

To reduce maintenance and downtime, Volvo CE has extended hydraulic filter changes to 1,000 hours.

The machine is now available for order in North America.

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