Plant & Equipment

Excavator perfect heavy hitter in tough conditions

The EC380E crawler excavator features a powerful Tier 4 Final/Stage IV engine, combining superior efficiency, productivity and durability for maximum profitability in quarry and mass excavation applications.

Powered by a proven Tier 4 Final/Stage IV-compliant Volvo D13 engine, the EC380E delivers high digging and breakout forces alongside reduced emissions and a nine per cent improvement in fuel efficiency.

The EC380E’s hydraulics are perfectly matched to the engine and are controlled by an advanced system that provides
on-demand flow and reduces power losses within the circuit.

Volvo’s unique ECO mode contributes up to nine per cent of the machine’s total improved efficiency – without any loss of performance in most operating conditions. As well as improving fuel efficiency, this increases controllability for more precise performance.

Otherwise, Volvo’s integrated work mode system offers the operator a choice of five work modes according to the task in hand – I (idle), F (fine), G (general), H (heavy) or P (power max) – for optimum efficiency and machine performance.

When the controls have been inactive for a pre-set amount of time, the excavator can be programmed to automatically reduce engine speed or even shut down to further reduce fuel consumption and noise. Operators can keep track of both current and average fuel consumption via a simple gauge in the cab.

It’s a fact that operators work more efficiently when they’re given the best tools for the job. That’s why on top of being a production machine, the EC380E has been designed for ease and simplicity of operation. All human/machine interfaces – including the joysticks, keypad and LCD monitor – are ergonomically designed and positioned for optimum comfort and control.

The number of switches has been significantly reduced in comparison to previous models, while the eight-inch
colour LCD screen, displaying machine status information vital for maximising productivity and uptime, is easy to read in any light.

To ensure operator safety, a seatbelt warning alarm sounds if the operator seatbelt is not fastened when the ignition key is turned. Handrails and full-size guide rails facilitate safe entry and exit of the cab, while easy-clean anti-slip plates help the operator gain a sure footing. 

The EC380E crawler excavator has been designed not only for ease of operation but also for simple maintenance. This ensures maximum uptime and minimum expenditure on parts and servicing.

The excavator’s strong three-piece undercarriage and high tensile steel X-shaped frame have been reinforced to ensure a long service life, while additional superstructure cover plates prevent damage to the underside of the machine from rock
and debris.

The machine vitals are protected from overheating by a hydraulically-driven, electrically-controlled cooling fan
that activates only when needed, further minimising fuel consumption and noise. 

The fan’s optional reverse functionality, which blows air in the opposite direction, enables self-cleaning for ease of maintenance. Daily service checks are quickly and easily carried out thanks to grouped service points and large wide opening doors, helping to get the most out of every operating shift.

Uptime is also increased by the sheer versatility of the EC380E, which can be adapted through a wide range of attachments. These durable attachments have been purpose-built to work in harmony with Volvo excavators for unrivalled performance.

Volvo’s general purpose buckets are the perfect tool for digging and rehandling in soft to medium conditions, while the
heavy-duty buckets are intended for productive digging in compact materials. A selection of economic, replaceable wear parts, including high quality teeth, segments, side cutters, adapters and shrouds are also available to protect the bucket and ensure long life.

In Australia, the distributor of Volvo Construction Equipment is CJD Equipment. 


Source: Volvo Construction Equipment

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