Volvo Construction Equipment’s 3.5-ton EC37 and the 4-ton ECR40 compact excavators are built for comfort and versatility. The models, which replace the company’s EC35D, ECR35D and ECR40D, share the same platform and components, though the EC37 excavator has a conventional upper carriage design and the ECR40 excavator has a short swing radius to allow for work in more confined spaces.
“The 3- to 4-ton size makes up more than a quarter of the compact excavator market in North America, and we’re excited to refresh our offering in that range,” said Darren Ashton, product manager — compact equipment, Volvo CE. “I think our customers will be very happy with the improvements we’ve made based on their feedback.”
The duo both provide operators with a spacious, ergonomic and quiet cab with outstanding visibility thanks to slim corner pillars and wide, flat glass areas. For added comfort, the armrest and controls float with the seat, and the door opening and travel pedals are larger than in previous models.
The intuitive jog wheel and easy-to-navigate HMI (human machine interface) functionalities provide controllability and adaptability for any job requirements. Work modes now include an ECO mode and an auto engine shutdown in addition to the existing auto engine idle. With auto engine shutdown, hours not worked are not recorded, keeping the machine operating efficiently for longer while reducing maintenance costs.
Because of the customizable hydraulics flow setting and work modes for a wide range of attachments and applications, it is easier than ever to set up these excavators for any task.
“The load-sensing hydraulics are definitely a highlight,” said Ashton. “The way the controls are set up and the smooth movements are just outstanding, and it all works together for better fuel efficiency.”
If there are multiple operators working with the same machine, each person can set up the controls however they see fit with a few simple setting changes on the new five-inch HMI.
The machines include a new elongated undercarriage for optimum stability in almost any environment, thanks to the better weight balance provided by longer contact between the tracks and the ground.
The counterweight has been standardized across the two models, to simplify component needs for fleets with multiple models. Optional features include a float blade and LED work lights.
These new machines boast 50-hour greasing intervals and a fuel tank capacity of 18.5 gallons. The patented multifunction hydraulic oil filter provides protection to the hydraulic system. The engine and rear hoods feature wide openings, and the engine doesn’t require a diesel particulate filter.