January 1st 2000 marks a name change for the range of compact excavators manufactured by Volvo Construction Equipment. Previously branded Pel-Job, they from that day carry the name Volvo and the Volvo product designations have been adopted. The change follows the earlier acquisition of the French company by Volvo Construction Equipment.
The latest generation compact excavators was introduced in Europe in 1999, with four new models in the 2,5 to 4,5 t range. As with all Volvo construction equipment, the compact excavator line develops impressive levels of performance and technological advances.
Examples found on different models are the unique load sensing hydraulic system for precise control under all load conditions and the opening counterweight for excellent accessibility of the engine compartment. Safety features such as Roll Over Protection Structure (ROPS), Tip Over Protection Structure (TOPS) and Falling Objects protection Structure (FOPS) contributes to outstanding operator safety.
In conjunction with the name change, Volvo Construction Equipment was introducing a range of four new models of compact excavators – EC25, EC30, EC35 and EC40.