Volvo upgrades ECR88D excavator and G-series hauler

The upgraded Volvo ECR88D short swing radius excavator offers high productivity, stability, ease-of-use and safety when working in confined or restricted conditions. The machine’s excellent fuel consumption is further improved, thanks to two new features. The first is an engine auto shutdown mode, which can be set to trigger after a period of inactivity between two and 60 minutes. There is also a fuel saving ‘eco mode’ that optimises the needs of the hydraulic and engine systems.

Featuring a narrow body design and centrally positioned boom, the superstructure on the upgraded ECR88D is so compact that its rear swings within its track shoe. This means that the excavator can get extremely close to objects without risk of collision with the rear of the machine as it swings. But the short front/rear radius is also well suited to working within a single highway lane, minimising disruption to the flow of traffic.

The upgraded ECR88D is available with a monoboom (or an optional two-piece boom) several arm configurations and blade for greater flexibility. There is also a wider dozer blade, which features a 600-mm steel shoe. Thanks to its reinforced, three-piece, high-tensile steel X-shaped frame undercarriage, the ECR88D is durable and reliable, able to withstand the rigors of demanding work environments.

Increased DPF cleaning interval up to 6,000 hours will help customers reduce the cost of ownership. An auto-idling system reduces engine speed when the controls are inactive for a specified time (operator pre-set via the display between three and 20 seconds), reducing running costs and fuel consumption. Volvo’s optional CareTrack remote telematics system conducts a self-diagnostic routine, alerting the operator – or the fleet manager back at the office.

G-series articulated hauler

Volvo has also updated its G-series articulated hauler range with new features, including cruise control, downhill speed control and OptiShift. They are designed to help operators get the most from the machine, such as hill assist, load and dump brake and dynamic Volvo Engine Brake.

With the new cruise control, operators can set and adjust the cruise control to maintain a constant travel speed for smoother and more efficient hauling, and when operating downhill the new downhill speed control enables operators to maintain their control and speed.

The ergonomic cab and intuitive controls are designed to suit all operators. Automatic functions, such as the new OptiShift that further improves fuel efficiency and productivity via faster cycle times and increased operator comfort, help offer greater ease of operation for an unrivalled operator experience.

The upgraded Volvo articulated G-Series is designed to make operators feel more comfortable during long work shifts. The innovative Volvo steering, excellent suspension, low noise levels, space and visibility all contribute to reduce operator fatigue for increased productivity.

Other features such as dump support and the brake test, which is a stationary test of the parking brake and load and dump brake, help to keep the operator and those working around the machine safer, even in the most demanding working environments.

All of the products above will be displayed at bauma 2019.