CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT North America

Volvo ECR145E and ECR235E excavators prove powerful performers in tight places

The new E-series short swing crawler excavators from Volvo Construction Equipment deliver better visibility when operating in confined spaces and greater fuel efficiency without compromising on power and performance.

Volvo ECR145E short swing crawler excavator

To capitalize on efficiency and productivity, both crawler excavators offer integrated working modes, which allow the operator to choose the best work mode for the application — I (Idle), F (Fine), G (General) or H (Heavy). To further improve fuel efficiency, these excavators are equipped with auto idle and engine shutdown features. The auto idle function reduces engine speed to idle when the controls are inactive for a pre-set amount of time. If the machines are left idle for longer, the optional auto engine shutdown feature will automatically turn off the machine.

These excavators have been built to tackle a range of applications with a durable undercarriage to ensure impressive tractive force when climbing, as well as when traveling over both rough and soft terrain.

“The center-positioned boom and compact swing radius of these machines make them ideal for tackling jobs in confined urban areas that still require a great deal of stability, power and digging depth,” said Matt McLean, Product Manager – Excavators, at Volvo Construction Equipment.

Backed by lifetime warranty
Volvo excavators are designed and built with unsurpassed frame and structure durability, and Volvo stands behind this quality by offering a lifetime warranty on the boom, arm and frame.

Comfortably in control
Built with the operator in mind, the newly designed Volvo cab is equipped with a rollover protection structure (ROPS) for increased operator safety. The spacious cab features large front and side windows for high visibility and ease of operation, and a wider entrance ensures improved access. A well-positioned pantograph windshield wiper provides the best possible coverage for the front window for comfortable and accurate operation in poor weather.

An improved climate control system allows the operator to select the desired temperature and get to work. An industry-leading air circulation and defrosting system speeds up the heating and cooling process for a more comfortable working environment.

To further enhance controllability, these machines feature a keypad that allows operators to navigate through different settings on the 8-inch LCD monitor and activate machine functions in a safe and comfortable way. The functionality of the camera, air conditioning and lights can be customized through the keypad, and configurations can be saved for added convenience. Bluetooth has also been added so the operator can connect to a phone with a single button. In addition, the windshield wipers, camera and an audio mute function can be assigned to a shortcut button located on the left joystick, so the operator can control the selected function by pressing a button.

A winning combination
The ECR145E and ECR235E have been designed to provide the lowest total cost of ownership. A winning combination of enhanced hydraulics, improved ECO mode and convenient service access contributes to lower overall costs and higher productivity.

An optimized hydraulics system is combined with the fully electronic control system to improve controllability and response time. This system works in harmony with the exclusive Volvo ECO mode, which optimizes the hydraulic system to reduce flow and pressure losses resulting in lower fuel consumption.

Punched anti-slip plates and handrails ensure superior grip and added safety when performing maintenance checks and services. The ECR235E is further equipped with foldable guardrails to ensure safer access and ease of transportation. To improve machine serviceability, Volvo has designed both of these machines with grouped filters and centralized greasing points, accessible from ground level.

CareTrack® is the Volvo Construction Equipment telematics system which gives operators access to a wide range of machine monitoring information designed to save time and money. With CareTrack, operators can reduce fuel costs, optimize machine performance and proactively manage service and maintenance to maximize uptime. Operators can also stay connected via remote monitoring and experience new levels of control and efficiency. Real-time service alerts via CareTrack also help promote a good service and maintenance routine.

Work with the best
These machines are compatible with a range of durable excavator attachments to increase versatility. A password-protected attachment management system allows storage of up to 20 different attachment settings, allowing the operator to pre-set hydraulic flow and pressure inside the cab through the monitor.

The excavators can be equipped with general purpose or heavy-duty buckets, each perfectly matched for digging and re-handling in all conditions. They provide maximum productivity, long life and feature original Volvo wear components.

Volvo also offers a full range of quick couplers, including its proprietary S-type and universal couplers that maximize breakout force and perfectly match Volvo attachments. The HB-Series of hydraulic breakers are optimized to the specific weights of Volvo excavators and are tailored to Volvo quick couplers for swift, safe and simple attachment changes. They are available with a full assortment of tools.