Volvo enters 50-ton class with pair of excavators built for large-scale site prep
Volvo Construction Equipment has the larger end of the excavator market in its sights with the launch of two new heavy-duty models designed for large-scale site preparation and mass excavation.
The equipment maker introduced the new EC530E and EC550E last week, pushing into the 50-ton class.
“When Volvo CE enters a new size class, we want to meet the needs of our customers while also making an impression,” said Sejong Ko, product manager for excavators at Volvo CE, in a release. “We’ve done that with the EC530E and EC550E excavators. Contractors get the power of a larger machine at a lower weight, along with additional fuel-saving and uptime-enhancing features.”
The two machines have the highest engine power in the class, Volvo says, as well as include reinforced undercarriages to deliver the durability characteristic of the larger size class. Equipped with a electro hydraulics system, the excavators offer more precise operation and higher efficiency than traditional hydraulics.
On the technology end, the excavators come with creep mode for precise lift-and-carry work. Options include Comfort Drive Control, giving operators the ability to steer the machines with joystick rollers as opposed to pedals, and the Dig Assist machine control system. Both the EC530E and EC550E are also eligible for Volvo’s telematics service, ActiveCare Direct.