Volvo launches new 35-tonne excavator – EC350E – strengthening its mid-size range

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Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has announced its all new EC350E excavator, aimed at the general construction market. With a total height of under four meters when loaded on a trailer, it can be transported without dismantling – taking the hassle out of site moves.

The new crawler machine has been designed to perfectly bridge the performance profile of the company’s existing EC300E and EC380E excavators and is adaptable to suit a wide range of jobs. Operators can select several functions depending on the task at hand and their preferences. This includes boom/swing and boom/travel priority, enabling one function to take the lead over another. The boom-down speed can also be adjusted, giving added control for tasks that require extra precision. A range of matched Volvo Attachments enable the job to be completed with optimum productivity, efficiency and performance.

Long days in the cab are made less stressful thanks to boom-and-arm bounce reduction technology – lessening machine shocks. The Comfort Drive Control option helps reduce fatigue by enabling operators to steer the machine using the joystick rollers instead of the pedals. There are also customizable settings that include a ‘long push’ functionality on the joystick, allowing operators to set an additional shortcut function.

Safety first

Safety is enhanced by bolted anti-slip steps, high visibility handrails as well as the ergonomic, low-noise, and low vibration Volvo Care Cab. When it comes to accessing the upper structure, operators can be confident thanks to the three-point right-hand side access. Visibility is at the heart of safety: the low machine hood design contributes to best-in-class eyelines to the side and rear of the machine from the operator’s seat. Visibility is boosted further thanks to rear and side cameras, along with the optional all-round Volvo Smart View.

 

Low operating and maintenance costs

The Volvo EC350E delivers class-leading fuel efficiency, thanks to a combination of features that includes the classic ECO mode, selectable work mode and intelligent electro-hydraulics. The D8M Volvo engine features a power rating of 1,600 rpm while delivering impressively high torque at low rpm, and comes fitted with auto-idle and shutdown features to help reduce unnecessary fuel use.

With auto-regeneration technology, the machine doesn’t need to be stopped to clean the diesel particulate filter. Additionally, the hardworking (and hot) turbo-chargers are carefully cooled, thanks to an optional delayed engine shutdown feature, which helps avoid overheating and increases the machine’s reliability. Also contributing to increased machine reliability is the electro-hydraulic system, which requires fewer hoses than is normal – reducing the need for couplings and minimizing maintenance requirements.

Time and maintenance costs are further reduced, due to the engine oil and filter change intervals of 1,000 hours, as well as ground-level access to grouped filters. And when the urea needs topping up the new splash guard makes filling quicker and easier – while also reducing the risk of spillage and subsequent corrosion.

Working harder for longer

The Volvo portfolio of Uptime Services is key to ensuring long term machine performance. Oil Analysis, Care Inspection, and Undercarriage Inspections help keep machines in top condition, while easy-to-read reports – powered by the CareTrack telematics system – help owners track productivity, fuel efficiency, and machine condition. For even less hassle, Volvo Uptime Centers monitor the machine and notify customers, if required. This service is called Volvo Active Care.

Combining versatility and efficiency with ease of operation and simple maintenance, the Volvo EC350E is designed to help customers get maximum profitability from their general construction projects.

 

Key specifications

 

Volvo EC350E Unit Value
Operating weight kg 34 690 – 40 600
lb 76,478 – 89,508
Gross power kW 220
hp(imp) 295
. . . at engine speed r/min 1600
Bucket capacity m3 0.87 – 2.33
y3 1.14 – 3.05
Lifting capacity, along undercarriage kg 13 470
lb 29,7
. . . at reach / height m 6.0 / 1.5
ft 20′ / 5′
Max. digging reach mm 11 123
ft in 36’6”
Max. digging depth mm 7 490
ft in 24’7”
Breakout force, SAE J1179 (Normal) kN 177
lbf 39,791
Breakout force, SAE J1179 (Boost) kN 192
lbf 43,163
Tear out force, SAE J1179 (Normal) kN 201
  lbf 45,187
Tear out force, SAE J1179 (Boost) kN 219
lbf 49,233
Overall width mm 3 190
ft in 10’6”
Tail swing radius mm 3 600
  ft in 11’10”
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