New 35 tonne excavator from Volvo CE
By Andy Brown15 January 2021
Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has launched the new 35 tonne excavator EC350E, with the OEM saying that it will bridge the performance profile of the company’s existing 30 tonne EC300E and 38 tonne EC380E excavators.
The excavator will be available in Europe’s regulated markets.
The 35 tonne EC350E is expected to be used for general construction duties. With a total height of under four meters when loaded on a trailer, it can be transported without dismantling.
Operators can select several functions depending on the task at hand and their preferences, including 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.
The new excavator comes with boom-and-arm bounce reduction technology to lessen 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.
Operators are further assisted in their tasks by the optional Dig Assist apps – powered by the 10-inch Volvo Co-Pilot tablet. These include 2D, In-Field Design, 3D software packages, On-Board Weighing, and Volvo Active Control, which automates boom and bucket movements, making digging twice as fast.
With Volvo Active Control, operators can also set swing fence, height limit, and depth limit. This helps to avoid contact with side obstacles, overhead obstacles such as power lines, and underground hazards such as pipes and cables.
The D8M Volvo engine features a power rating of 1,600 rpm while delivering high torque at low rpm, and comes fitted with auto-idle and shutdown features to help reduce unnecessary fuel use.