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Volvo EC480E sets the standard for efficient excavation

The Tier 4 Final/Stage IV-compliant EC480E crawler excavator from Volvo Construction Equipment combines superior efficiency, productivity and durability for maximum profitability in quarry and mass excavation applications.

Volvo Construction Equipment’s heavy-duty EC480E crawler excavator is an exceptionally productive machine that lowers operating costs through reduced fuel consumption and simple maintenance requirements.
Powered by a proven Tier 4 Final/Stage IV-compliant Volvo D13 engine, the EC480E delivers high digging and breakout forces alongside reduced emissions and improved fuel efficiency.

The EC480E’s full electro hydraulics are perfectly matched to the engine and are controlled by an advanced system which provides on-demand flow and reduces power losses within the circuit. Volvo’s unique ECO mode contributes to the machine’s total improved efficiency – without any loss of performance in most operating conditions. As well as improving fuel efficiency, this increases controllability for more precise performance. Otherwise, Volvo’s integrated work mode system offers the operator a choice of work modes according to the task in hand – including I (Idle), F (Fine), G (General) H (Heavy) and P (Power max)* – for optimum efficiency and machine performance. When the controls have been inactive for a pre-set amount of time, the excavator can be programmed to automatically reduce engine speed or even shut down to further reduce fuel consumption and noise. Operators can keep track of both current and average fuel consumption via a simple gauge in the cab. 

User-friendly HMI

It’s a fact that operators work more efficiently when they’re given the best tools for the job. That’s why on top of being a superior production machine, the EC480E has been designed for ease and simplicity of operation. All human machine interfaces – including the joysticks, keypad and LCD monitor – are ergonomically designed and positioned for optimum comfort and control. The number of switches has been significantly reduced in comparison to previous models, while the eight-inch color LCD screen, displaying machine status information vital for maximizing productivity and uptime, is easy to read in any light. To ensure operator safety, a seatbelt warning alarm sounds if the operator seatbelt is not fastened when the ignition key is turned. 

Maximum uptime

The Volvo EC480E crawler excavator has been designed not only for ease of operation but also for simple maintenance. This ensures maximum uptime and minimum expenditure on parts and servicing. The EC480E’s strong three-piece undercarriage and high tensile steel X-shaped frame have been reinforced to ensure a long service life, while additional superstructure cover plates prevent damage to the underside of the machine from rock and debris. The machine vitals are protected from damage by overheating thanks to a hydraulically-driven, electrically-controlled cooling fan that activates only when needed, further minimizing fuel consumption and noise. The fan’s optional reverse functionality, which blows air in the opposite direction, enables self-cleaning for ease of maintenance.

Daily service checks are quickly and easily carried out thanks to grouped service points and large wide opening doors, helping to get the most out of every operating shift. The radiator, charged air cooler and hydraulic oil cooler are situated side-by-side on a single layer to maximize efficiency, reduce blockages and aid cleaning. The system is easily accessed from ground level by simply opening the side door. Moreover, the handrails and full-size guard rails facilitate safe entry and exit of the cab and maintenance access to the superstructure, while easy-clean anti-slip plates help the operator gain a sure footing.

Uptime is also increased by the sheer versatility of the EC480E, which can be adapted through a wide range of attachments. These durable attachments have been purpose-built to work in harmony with Volvo excavators for unrivalled performance whatever the application. Volvo’s general purpose buckets are the perfect tool for digging and re-handling in soft to medium conditions, while the heavy-duty buckets are intended for productive digging in compact materials. A selection of economic, replaceable wear parts including high-quality teeth, segments, side cutters, adapters and shrouds are also available to protect the bucket and ensure long life.

The EC480E is available in North America and EMEA West & North.
* Please note the P (Power max) work mode is not applicable in North America.



Tiffany Cheng

Head of Brand, Marketing and Corporate Communication
Regions Asia and China
Volvo Construction Equipment

Åsa Alström

Head of Strategic Communications
Volvo Construction Equipment

Keys specs:

EC480E T4F
Engine Volvo D13J
Rated output at 30 r/s (1,800 r/min)
ISO 9249/SAE J1349 net 277 kW 376 hp
Breakout force* (Normal/Boost) SAE J1179 230/251 kN 51,615/56,470 lbf
Bucket capacity 1.55 – 3.3 m3 1.5 – 3.5 yd3
Max digging reach* 12.5 m 39’10” ft in
Max digging depth* 7.83 m 25’8” ft in
Lifting capacity along undercarriage* 17,590 kg 38,040 lb
at reach/height 6.0/1.5 m 20/5 ft
Operating weight 45.6 – 53.9 t 100,310 – 117,510 lb

* 7.0, (23’) boom, 3.35 m (11’) arm
Long crawler, 9,050 kg (19,960 lb) CWT

The EC480E is available in North America and EMEA West & North.
* Please note the P (Power max) work mode is not applicable in North America.