When looking across the ever-growing excavator market, it can feel a lot like the same ole same ole — but don’t be fooled. Small differences in design can add up to a world of difference in profitability and uptime.
The upper plate, side plates and lower plate on Volvo excavators are up to 1⁄4-inch thicker and covered by our Lifetime Frame and Structure Warranty. Competitors typically use thinner steel plates supported by only a 3-to 12-month warranty.
Our X-style chassis has robotically welded, single-piece upper and lower plates that are also covered by our Lifetime Frame and Structure Warranty. Heavy-duty guard plates offer protection under the superstructure and X-frame. Some competitors feature an undercarriage with the upper plate split at a key stress point, or a straight plate welded on one side only with no plate belly guard under the hydraulic swivel. And with warranties ranging from 3 to 12 months, maintenance costs could add up quickly.
The lube points on Volvo excavators are grouped together on the front of the superstructure, accessible from ground level. Some competitors have separate lube points on the front and back of the superstructure, requiring someone to crawl under or rotate the upper structure to reach the zerk.
Filling DEF is easier thanks to its location near the fuel fill and a filler neck position that simplifies refilling and helps avoid contamination. The urea tank filling point also features a splash guard with a drain hose. Many competitor filling ports are located under a step, making it difficult to access and fill.