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Volvo EC160E and EC180E enhance efficiency and endurance

Volvo Construction Equipment’s new E-series crawler excavators incorporate a powerful Tier 4 Final/Stage IV engine into a durable design, providing excellent fuel efficiency and a robust performance in tough applications.

The new EC160E and EC180E crawler excavators from Volvo Construction Equipment are designed with a range of new features to ensure fuel efficiency is a priority in all applications. Incorporating Volvo’s Tier 4 Final/Stage IV compliant D4 engine, these machines combine low fuel consumption and heavy-duty performance to maximize uptime and reduce emissions. Increased engine power guarantees highly responsive operation and travel for maximum productivity.
For outstanding efficiency, the hydraulic system is optimized to operate in harmony with this powerful engine, working alongside a fully electronic control system and Volvo’s advanced ECO mode to reduce power loss and improve controllability and response time. The ECO mode works together with the main control valve and machine software to ensure efficient electronic pump control. 
To reduce cycle time, a boom float function allows pump power from boom lowering to be saved or used for other functions. The EC160E and EC180E further improve efficient operations by reducing the amount of time the machine is idling – the engine will automatically switch off when the machine is inactive for a pre-set amount of time. 

Tough and ready

These E-series crawler excavators incorporate the latest innovative designs to guarantee durability in all operations. Volvo CE pays attention to even the smallest detail, and every component is carefully crafted to ensure an excellent performance every time. Silicone caulking is used to prevent rust, waterproof harnesses and connections are installed, as well as heavy-duty door hinges and bolted-on protection for framework lights.
A reinforced steel roll-over protection structure (ROPS) offers maximum protection for the operator, and the durable undercarriage is built to withstand all elements and terrain. An intelligently designed X-shape lower frame enables even weight distribution at all times. The robust boom and arm design includes internal plates positioned to support pressure points during a range of applications, dispersing stress from high-pressure areas to ensure maximum productivity during the most demanding of applications.

An easy ride

The EC160E and EC180E offer a superior operator experience including a productive working environment and easy serviceability. All machine interfaces, including joysticks, keypad and large LCD monitor, are ergonomically designed for ease of use and optimum efficiency. The number of switches has been reduced and climate control has been integrated into the keypad for easy adjustments. A short-cut key has been added to the joystick to allow the operator to select functions such as windshield wipers, cameras, auto-mute or power max during the operation for minimum disruption.
For enhanced safety, optional side-view cameras can be installed on these machines to cover the operator blind spot. Both views are displayed on the color monitor, creating a safer working environment.
The EC160E and EC180E are also designed for hassle-free servicing. Convenient access to the hydraulic tank and fuel tank, as well as filters grouped together and accessible from ground level, facilitate the speed and ease of servicing. Well-positioned punched anti-slip plates provide superior grip and durability for easier, safer access when cleaning. The radiator, charged air cooler and hydraulic oil cooler are easily reached from ground level by simply opening the side door. Real-time service alerts are displayed on the color monitor to enable speedy diagnostic 

Switch it up

The EC160E and EC180E have been built to maximize productivity and profitability by adapting to a wide range of operations. The machines can be adjusted to take a variety of hydraulic lines, which are factory fitted with breaker and sheer piping, as well as rotator piping. 
The password protected management system allows storage for up to 20 different attachments. It pre-sets and permits hydraulic flow and pressure to be adjusted within the cab, which enables the use of various attachments for increased versatility. An electric pedal offers precise control and the attachment response sensitivity can be adjusted using the keypad for maximum impact in different environments. 
Durable Volvo attachments have been purpose-built to work in perfect harmony with these machines. These attachments include Volvo GP, HD and XD buckets – the perfect tools for digging and re-handling in all conditions – and the HB-18 hydraulic breaker, optimized to the specific weight of the machines and tailored to Volvo’s quick couplers for quick and easy attachment changes. Volvo offers a full range of quick couplers featuring Front Pin Lock technology, compliant with the latest safety regulations of ISO 13031 and EN474-1 and designed to fit perfectly with Volvo.



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

Key specifications:

Model EC160E EC180E (EU only model)
Engine Volvo D4J Volvo D4J
Rated output at
.... ISO 9249/SAE J1349 net
EU; 109 kW @ 2000 r/min 109 kW @ 2000 r/min
NA; 109 kW (146 hp) @ 2000 r/min
Max. lifting capacity
along undercarriage 1.5m/6.0m (5 ft /20 ft)
EU: 4880 kg 5660 kg
NA: 5150 kg (11090 lb)
Max. digging reach* 8980 mm (29'6") 8980 mm
Max. digging depth* 6070 mm (19'11") 6070 mm
Max. Breakout force* – bucket
(Normal / Power boost) ISO6015
115.3 / 121.9 kN 115.3 / 121.9 kN
(25920 / 27400 lbf )
Tear out force, SAE J1179
81.7 / 86.4 kN 81.7 / 86.4 kN
(18370 / 19420 lbf)
Operating weight
16430 – 20860 kg 17330 – 19830 kg
(36222 – 45988 lb)

*5.2 m /17'1" boom; 2.6m /8'6" arm