On-Site Magazine

Volvo straight boom excavator

By Adam Freill   

Construction Equipment

(Photo courtesy of Volvo Construction Equipment)

Designed principally for demolition duties, the EC500 straight boom excavator from Volvo Construction Equipment provides a 30 per cent increase in pin height over a standard boom.

The manufacturer says the 25.5-foot straight boom fitted to the model is also equipped with heavy-duty features engineered to withstand the beating it may take on jobsites, adding that the machine includes a powerful but fuel-efficient engine, a demolition-specific cab, and enhanced safety features like an optional remote control that allows the operator to control it from a safe distance.

“The EC500 Straight Boom gives customers a new 50-ton option for larger jobs and complements our three high-reach models as well as our 14-ton to 95-ton standard excavators with demolition-specific guarding and hydraulic options,” said Tony den Hoed, director of demolition strategic accounts for Volvo CE.

Based on the company’s standard model, which was introduced at CONEXPO 2023, this model is custom-built for demolition. In addition to the straight boom and purpose-built arm, the machine has a 6,610-pound heavier counterweight for added stability designed to be easily removed using a hydraulic removal feature for convenience when moving from site to site.

To stand up to the rigors of demolition, the machine is reinforced with boom/bucket cylinder protection, full track guards, heavy-duty belly covers and heavy-duty side doors.

Standard features include quick-fit hydraulic connections and a dust suppression system that can pump eight gallons per minute through four nozzles. The updated cab includes a rollover protection system, frame-mounted falling object guards, front and top windows with half-inch thick, high impact-resistant single-piece glass, and front and top window wipers and fluid for better visibility while working.




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