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Volvo ECR50D packs a powerful punch

The 5.0-ton ECR50D compact short swing radius excavator from Volvo Construction Equipment delivers superior digging performance, high lifting capabilities, and leading break out and tear out forces in a compact and versatile format.

The Volvo ECR50D compact short swing radius excavator is a powerful machine that is ideal for site preparation, construction landscaping and utilities. Featuring a premium 41.8 hp Volvo D2.6A engine and an advanced hydraulic system, the ECR50D provides fast and powerful response with smooth operation. The maximum break out force is 36.12 kN while the maximum tear out force is 25.93 kN, ensuring excellent performance even in tough applications.
The ECR50D’s new digging equipment, including an enhanced boom and attachment geometry, also permits an increased working range, for greater productivity. The maximum digging reach is 6.29 m on the long arm and 5.91 m on the short arm. Meanwhile, the float blade, thanks to its ideally rounded design, provides precision finishing – perfect for ground levelling, grading and contouring. With its 5.0 -ton weight, this machine effectively handles heavy loads with greater stability, balance and control. Tractive force has also improved by 3.3%. For optimized travel speed and traction, the automatic two-speed travel function allows the operator to continually drive the machine at high speed. When more force is needed, speed is automatically reduced.

Impressive efficiency

Not only is the ECR50D excavator a powerful performance machine, it is also highly efficient. With state-of-the-art technology including Volvo’s unique ECO mode and load-sensing hydraulics, the ECR50D delivers low fuel consumption with high digging power and fast cycle times. The ECO mode reduces fuel consumption by up to 10% without any loss of performance in most operating conditions, while the load-sensing hydraulics supply power only when required. This also ensures smooth operation and precise control of the equipment.
The efficiency of the ECR50D is further enhanced by the automatic idling system and automatic engine shut down function, which respectively reduce engine speed and shut the engine down, when the controls or machine have been inactive for a pre-set amount of time. These features help to reduce unnecessary fuel consumption and noise.

Built in comfort 

A comfortable operator environment naturally delivers higher productivity. The industry-leading Volvo FOPS 1 on top, TOPS and ROPS cab boasts all-round visibility from large expanses of glass, ergonomically-positioned controls and switches, excellent noise insulation, as well as superior leg and head room. The seat and consoles are mounted on the same suspension and, therefore, move together, providing excellent shock and vibration absorption and a smooth ride. The multi-adjustable seat with ergonomic armrests also includes a height alteration function for greater comfort and visibility. The controls are easy to operate, with simultaneous boom offset movement and fingertip control of the slew that delivers easy and fast machine positioning with outstanding control and comfort. Slewing is controlled by the left-hand lever while offset movement is controlled by an electro-proportional roller on the right-hand lever.
The cab is safe and easy to access, thanks to the wide-opening door, anti-slip step and three-point safety grip system. To further increase operator comfort when entering or exiting the cab, the console tilts backwards. The ECR50D also includes an optional anti-theft system. To reduce the risk of theft, a code must be entered through the keypad to start the machine. This code can be changed or disabled via the machine management system.

Service made simple

The inherent productivity of the Volvo ECR50D is not only due to the comfortable operator environment, but also to the market-leading serviceability, ensuring maximum uptime. The side position of the engine, together with the two gas-strut assisted and wide-opening hoods, ensures safe and easy access to all components and service check points from ground level. Check points, including the engine oil and air filter (with a service interval of up to 500 hours), coolant level and fuel filtration check are all grouped, allowing regular maintenance checks to be carried out faster. Greasing points (with a 50-hour minimum greasing interval for all greasing points) and filters are also grouped on the same side of the machine. With Volvo’s patented, multifunctional hydraulic oil filter, filtration occurs when the tank is filled or topped up and before the oil returns via the drain lines. The transparent bowl enables easy oil level checks and permits early detection of contamination – allowing preventative maintenance to be carried out before damage occurs. 
Should the ECR50D require any more attention than a routine service check, Volvo experts are on hand to provide specialist advice via an extensive infrastructure of dealers and technicians. Combining local knowledge with global experience, Volvo is able to supply a whole range of customer solutions – from genuine Volvo parts to advanced machine monitoring technology – for reduced total cost of ownership and increased profitability throughout the entire life of the machine.

Plug and play

Volvo is also able to supply a selection of perfectly-matched attachments for the ECR50D, increasing its productivity further still, by enabling it to effectively perform a wider range of jobs. All the hydraulic connections are already installed so that the operator can simply plug and play. Using the keypad controls inside the cab, the operator can easily adjust the auxiliary hydraulic flows and benefit from the correct speed and power for optimal attachment operation. The keypad has four pre-programmed, adjustable settings which can be customized to match attachment and individual needs. Flows can be independently changed in each direction. The operator can also adjust the direction and amount of hydraulic flow using a fingertip roller control, simplifying operation. There are no auxiliary foot pedals, increasing leg room in the cab. Maximum flow can be sent to the attachment by pressing a button on the joystick.
By simply pressing the hydraulic quick coupler switch, the operator can easily change tasks and swap attachments without leaving the cab. This quick and efficient system increases versatility and productivity while also meeting the latest safety regulations. Meanwhile, Volvo’s dedicated quick couplers pick up Volvo hydraulic attachments including breakers, thumbs and buckets for use in both the face shovel and normal backhoe position. With functions and properties ideally matched, the excavator and attachment form a solid, reliable unit, delivering maximum productivity, profitability and safety.


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:

Engine D2.6A
Max. power, gross 31.2 kW (41.8 hp)
Breakout force, ISO 36.12 kN
Tearout force, ISO
25.93 kN (short arm)
21.77 kN (long arm)
Max. digging reach
5.91 m (short arm)
6.29 m (long arm)
Max. digging depth
3.66 m (short arm)
4.05 m (long arm)
Operating weight 5,010 t