Volvo Construction Equipment recently introduced the Volvo ECR305CL, short swing radius excavator to the North America market, the third of its class within the last 12 months. The new product range was developed by Volvo to fill a rapidly growing need for short swing excavators on congested worksites and in confined areas.
According to Volvo, the new 34.8 ton Volvo ECR305CL overcomes the dynamic challenges of producing excavators that work with high performance capabilities and exceptional stability in confined areas. Precisely-engineered weight distribution and increased swing torque also gives the new machine superior swing performance when working on slopes.
Whether operating in cities, laying utilities, mining duties, highway work, in addition to a multitude of other diverse applications, the increased safety and maneuverability offered by short swing excavators on congested worksites has seen the rapid growth of this important segment in the market.
Like the smaller machines in the range, the compact body on the Volvo ECR305CL swings only fractionally outside its own track width – less than 80 mm (with 800mm shoe) – enabling it to work extremely close to objects (walls, road barriers etc.) without risk of collision with the rear of the machine as it swings. Safety on a job site can never be underestimated and this is particularly important to Volvo where safety is one of the company’s core values.
Even when not working close to obstructions, the short front/rear radius has other uses – highway work being a prime example, where the machine can safely swing within a typical single road lane width, minimizing disruption with traffic flow.
The all-new, rounded cab on Volvo’s short swing models is also designed to stay within the rear swing radius. Despite this design consideration, it remains the roomiest and most comfortable cab in the market – as befits Volvo’s reputation for providing superior operator environments.
The sliding door provides the operator with the ability to access and exit the cab even when it is positioned close to an obstruction, such as close to a wall. Whilst at work, the industry-leading heating and ventilation system ensures the perfect working environment, irrespective of weather conditions.
Source and Photo Credit: Volvo Construction Equipment