CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT North America
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Ours vS. tHEIRS

Operation & Safety

Small differences in design can prove to be huge differences in the safety and productivity of your operators. When you compare Volvo to others in the industry — there is no comparison.

We put our EC350E and EC380E up against two of the industry-leading competitors. Here’s what we found.

Safety and productivity are vital to us at Volvo Construction Equipment. Our excavators are built with both in mind and we provide you eight reasons why our equipment is safer and more productive than the competitors.

1. Work Modes

Ours: Engine RPM and work mode are integrated into one dial, which simplifies operation and ensures maximum power with minimum fuel burn.

Theirs:
Both competitors have two sets of dials for engine RPM and work modes, allowing the operator to potentially burn more fuel than is necessary for the task.

2. Doors and Windows

Ours: Cab door and front window are easily closed from seated position. Wider wiping area provides greater visibility than competitors. Cab windows offer multiple locking positions to prevent slipping.

Theirs:
Both competitor machines require standing and bending outside to close the cab door and have larger blind spots in the wiper area. Only one window opens on Competitor B, and there are no locks to prevent slipping on either competitor machine.

3. Rearview Camera

Ours: Rearview camera and 8-inch high-resolution display come standard. Optional sideview camera can display in split screen with rear.

Theirs:
Neither competitor offers a sideview camera. Competitor B does not offer a rearview.

4. Bluetooth and Audio

Ours: Bluetooth functionality allows for hands-free communication. Remote keypad is conveniently located on the right console.

Theirs:
Neither competitor offers Bluetooth on comparable machines. Competitor A has no remote control and the radio is located behind the seat. Competitor B has their remote in the middle of all other machine control dials, making it easy to accidentally disrupt operation.

5. Shortcut Buttons

Ours: Functions such as wipers, cameras and auto-mute can be assigned a shortcut button on the joystick, allowing the operator to have control over multiple functions without removing hands from joystick or eyes from the job.

Theirs:
Neither competitor offers shortcut functionality on comparable machines.

6. Anti-Slip Plates

Ours: Steel, punched plates channel mud and snow under the plates to maintain safe access.

Theirs:
Competitor A has small studs easily covered by mud and snow. Competitor B still uses sandpaper in access areas.

7. Door Access Handrails

Ours: Four total handrails provide safer entrance and easily enable the operator to maintain 3 points of contact.

Theirs:
Both competitors have only two handrails, and they are difficult to reach at the same time.

8. Emergency Stop Switch

Ours: Emergency stop switch is easily accessible from ground level, and the toggle switch is protected against accidental activation.

Theirs:
Competitor B has a hole where the switch should go — but they don’t provide the switch.

9. Work Lights

Ours: Allows for two lights on the frame, two on the roof, four on the boom, one on the rear and one on the counterweight. These can all be separately set up through the in- cab monitor.

Theirs:
Both competitors allow for a maximum of only five exterior lights. Neither allows the lighting to be set up via the in-cab monitor.

10. Bucket Locking Bolts

Ours: Bolts of the bucket pins are easily visible from the cab, allowing the operator to easily spot loose bolts and make adjustments, if necessary.

Theirs:
Competitor B’s bucket pins are not visible from cab, allowing problems to go unnoticed.