Volvo’s new short swing excavators
By Andrew Macklin
July 22, 2015 – The new E-series short swing crawler excavators from Volvo Construction Equipment deliver better visibility when operating in confined spaces and greater fuel efficiency without compromising on power and performance.
The ECR145E and ECR235E from Volvo Construction Equipment are equipped with a Volvo Tier 4 Final engine that delivers up to 10 per cent fuel economy improvements.
To capitalize on efficiency and productivity, both machines offer integrated working modes, which allow the operator to choose the best work mode for the application — I (Idle), F (Fine), G (General) or H (Heavy). To further improve fuel efficiency, these machines are equipped with auto idle and engine shutdown features. The auto idle function reduces engine speed to idle when the controls are inactive for a pre-set amount of time. If the machines are left idle for longer, the optional auto engine shutdown feature will automatically turn off the machine.
These excavators have been built to tackle a range of applications with a durable undercarriage to ensure impressive tractive force when climbing, as well as when traveling over both rough and soft terrain.
Comfortably in control
Built with the operator in mind, the newly designed Volvo cab is equipped with a rollover protection structure (ROPS) for increased operator safety. The spacious cab features large front and side windows for high visibility and ease of operation, and a wider entrance ensures improved access. A well-positioned pantograph windshield wiper provides the best possible coverage for the front window for comfortable and accurate operation in poor weather.
An improved climate control system allows the operator to select the desired temperature and get to work. An air circulation and defrosting system speeds up the heating and cooling process for a more comfortable working environment.
To further enhance controllability, these machines feature a keypad that allows operators to navigate through different settings on the 8-inch LCD monitor and activate machine functions in a safe and comfortable way. The functionality of the camera, air conditioning and lights can be customized through the keypad, and configurations can be saved for added convenience. Bluetooth has also been added so the operator can connect to a phone with a single button. In addition, the windshield wipers, camera and an audio mute function can be assigned to a shortcut button located on the left joystick, so the operator can control the selected function by pressing a button.
An optimized hydraulics system is combined with the fully electronic control system to improve controllability and response time. This system works in harmony with the exclusive Volvo ECO mode, which optimizes the hydraulic system to reduce flow and pressure losses resulting in lower fuel consumption.
Punched anti-slip plates and handrails ensure superior grip and added safety when performing maintenance checks and services. The ECR235E is further equipped with foldable guardrails to ensure safer access and ease of transportation. To improve machine serviceability, Volvo has designed both of these machines with grouped filters and centralized greasing points, accessible from ground level.
CareTrack is the Volvo Construction Equipment telematics system which gives operators access to a wide range of machine monitoring information designed to save time and money. With CareTrack, operators can reduce fuel costs, optimize machine performance and proactively manage service and maintenance to maximize uptime. Operators can also stay connected via remote monitoring and experience new levels of control and efficiency. Real-time service alerts via CareTrack also help promote a good service and maintenance routine.
These excavators are compatible with a range of durable attachments to increase versatility. A password-protected attachment management system allows storage of up to 20 different attachment settings, allowing the operator to pre-set hydraulic flow and pressure inside the cab through the monitor.
The machines can be equipped with general purpose or heavy-duty buckets, each matched for digging and re-handling in all conditions. They provide maximum productivity, long life and feature original Volvo wear components.
Volvo also offers a full range of quick couplers, including its proprietary S-type and universal couplers that maximize breakout force and match Volvo attachments. The HB-Series of hydraulic breakers are optimized to the specific weights of Volvo machines and are tailored to Volvo quick couplers for swift, safe and simple attachment changes. They are available with a full assortment of tools.