08 - 01 - 2019 MyTractor

Volvo CE launches its new generation of compact excavators

Volvo Construction Equipment's E Series compact excavators provide the agility and flexibility needed to operate in the smallest spaces. The EC15E, EC18E and EC20E models are small but rugged models that replace the previous D-series excavators, while the ECR18E short-turn is a new addition to Volvo CE's compact range. The E Series models have a common platform that is built with durability in mind. All steel panels are perfectly protected and the counterweight offers maximum stability when digging. With a height of just over 2 m and a variable-width undercarriage that can be retracted less than 1 m, these new models can access the most confined work areas. Once in working position, the undercarriage can expand up to 1.35m to achieve additional stability. The special design of these machines ensures that their structure stays within the tracks, which results in maximum visibility and a lower risk of damage to the machine when working with obstacles. Safe and simple operation Despite their great capacity to work in tight spaces, operators of these compact excavators enjoy a spacious and clear cabin. Thanks to a simple design of the controls and pedals, each new model is easy to operate and offers smooth combined movements. As with all Volvo machines, safety is at the heart of the E Series range of compact excavators. A large entrance area and well-positioned handrails help the entry and exit of the cab, and once in position, the operator works safely thanks to good visibility and the ROPS / TOPS / OPG1 cab as standard. Other safety features include locking the controls to prevent movement if the operator is not sitting in the seat, bright orange seat belt and flashing green light that helps site managers easily confirm that operators use the belt of security at all times. As a general rule, compact machines move more frequently than large machines, but Volvo has designed the E Series to be fast, simple and safe to transport machines. These minis have automatic rotation lock and four easily accessible tie-down points on the top frame. Thanks to its light weight and the Volvo bucket transport system, the machines can also be transported safely with up to three buckets and a hydraulic hammer on a compact truck or trailer. Light machines The EC15E compact excavator is based on the success of its predecessor, which was a very popular machine, especially in the rental sector. Not only is it light but it is also the smallest in the Volvo range, allowing you to work in the smallest spaces. While on site, the EC15E is unique and, like its older sisters, provides the ease of use and durability necessary to work hard all day. Easy maintenance and repair minimize downtime, which helps offer a low total cost of ownership. Small machines, high performance The EC18E and EC20E compact excavators bring performance to a new level, with a 13% increase in tensile strength and, respectively, 2,130 kg and 3,120 kg of digging forces. Its front lifting capacity has increased by an average of 22 percent compared to the D series, plus an additional 7 percent lateral lift on the EC20E. The 11% more undercarriage of the EC18E contributes to improve the lifting capacity and stability in general, compared to the previous generation, with an increase of 140 mm in the depth of excavation. For greater flexibility, auxiliary hydraulic flows can be adjusted independently in each direction, ensuring optimal speed and control, and a second auxiliary line is also available as an option. Short spin, great potential The ECR18E is a completely new model and has a short turn design. Able to adapt to the smallest spaces, the ultra-short rear design gives it the smallest radio in the Volvo range. The unit is highly stable at 360 ° of rotation, and its variable undercarriage can be retracted to only 995 mm or expanded to 1,352 mm. Ideal for working in congested workplaces, the new ECR18E complements Volvo's range of compact excavators, which until now comprised seven models with short turning radius, from 1.7 to 9.5 tons.

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