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Built by the best: introducing the all-new EW240E material handler from Volvo

Building on its extensive experience, Volvo Construction Equipment has created its strongest and most innovative material handler yet – the EW240E.

Specifically designed for the waste and recycling industries, the new EW240E material handler from Volvo Construction Equipment is a powerful and reliable partner in challenging work conditions. This versatile machine promises maximum productivity and flexibility with its range of tried and tested features.

The Volvo EW240E material handler weighs in at 26 tonnes and is powered by a Stage IV/Tier 4 Final-compliant Volvo engine, which provides 129 kW (173 hp) of power and achieves a maximum torque of 850 Nm at just 1350 rpm. With its 6.5-meter straight boom and five-meter gooseneck arm, the machine has an impressive forward reach of more than 11 meter.

Purpose-built for material handling

built-by-the-best-introducing-the-all-new-EW240E-material-handler-from-volvo-02-1920With decades of engineering excellence, the Volvo EW240E material handler is purpose-built for material handling applications. Thanks to proven components common to other Volvo wheeled excavators, Volvo could spend time perfecting the new machine to meet specific material handling job requirements. While the latest machine is based on the established design of its forerunners, it features a host of new features, which have undergone rigorous testing in real-life conditions.

Designed to keep productivity high and downtime low, the Volvo EW240E material handler is ideal for applications requiring optimum reach and superb visibility. The machine is manufactured with a dedicated upper structure and reinforced undercarriage to withstand the forces in scrap sorting applications. Other differences compared to a standard excavator include the hydraulically elevated cab, four stabilizers, full rubber tires, and a tailor-made straight boom that is flexible enough to be fitted with either a five-meter gooseneck arm or a four-meter grab/sorting arm.

Performance is enhanced by the boom float function, and boom cylinder dampening, which minimize shaking and hold the grapple in place for increased stability. To improve accuracy, the grapple control and soft swing braking system work in harmony during simultaneous operations, while the optimized hydraulics system delivers instant response.

Operators can work in comfort in the spacious Volvo cab, which can be raised up to five meters above the ground for an eye-level view. Keeping operation steady when working at height, the cab also benefits from double-damped cushioning to reduce noise and vibrations. To enhance safety, the Volvo EW240E material handler is equipped with a limited arm to avoid collision between the cab and the grapple. As an extra safety feature when working indoors, Volvo offers the optional height limitation function. Getting in and out of the cab is easier for the operator thanks to brightly-colored handrails and newly-added steps on the outriggers.

Versatile by nature

Versatile by nature, the Volvo EW240E material handler can be configured both inside and out. Customers can maximize productivity by designing a machine that specifically matches their application. For example, customers can select either a gooseneck arm or straight arm to ensure they always have the best grasp on the job. Optimized by factory-installed auxiliary circuits, the corresponding grapples work in perfect harmony with the Volvo machine and are available through the Volvo factory.

Not only can the machine be easily tailored to the job, it can be customized with several options to best suit customers’ operational needs. With large expanses of glass, the Volvo cab offers all-round visibility and ultimate safety. To boost visibility, customers can select the Volvo Smart View feature or a one-piece polycarbonate window with protection film. For added convenience, Comfort Drive Control (CDC) gives the operator the opportunity to steer the machine up to 20km/h (12 mph) using only the roller on the joystick – a new feature for the Volvo wheeled excavator range. Specific to the EW220E and EW240E material handlers, the machines can be ordered from the factory without the steering column. This allows the operator to control the entire machine, including the tilt rotator and outriggers using only the joysticks.

E for efficiency

The Volvo EW240E material handler is both clever and fuel efficient in the way it operates. Auto idle, which reduces engine speed to idle when the controls are inactive for a pre-set amount of time, and auto engine shutdown together help to reduce fuel consumption. Enhanced by ECO mode, which turns on automatically, the Volvo EW240E material handler is packed with features to increase fuel efficiency and reduce machine wear.

To keep the machine up and running, the Volvo EW240E material handler has been designed with ease of servicing in mind. On the entire E-Series wheeled excavator range, greasing points are grouped together and filters are placed behind wide-opening engine doors, all accessible from ground level. With improved access to areas such as the radiators and mesh, maintenance is made easy, helping operators stay on track, even when they are on wheels.

With an all-Volvo-factory-machine, customers have access to a range of Volvo Services – designed to secure maximum return on investment. From Genuine Volvo Parts and Volvo service technicians, to proactive machine monitoring and operator training –everything is available from one place.


Image 1: The EW240E is Volvo’s strongest material handler yet.
Image 2: The machine can be easily tailored to the job.



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