The Volvo ECR50 zero-tail-swing excavator can work in confined spaces while reducing the risk of damage. - Photo: Volvo CE

The Volvo ECR50 zero-tail-swing excavator can work in confined spaces while reducing the risk of damage.

Photo: Volvo CE

Volvo Construction Equipment is boosting its compact excavator range in North America with two new short-swing models: the ECR50 and ECR58. The 5-ton ECR50 is a new entry for Volvo in North America, while the 6-ton ECR58 gains performance updates from the contractor-favorite D-series model. The machines are ideal for applications such as utilities, landscaping, and road construction.

The 5-ton ECR50 gives customers a new option in the compact excavator range, which continues to grow at a rapid pace as an alternative to skid steers, compact track loaders, and backhoes.

The zero-tail-swing radius of the ECR50 and short-swing radius of the ECR58 enable the excavators to work in confined spaces while reducing the risk of damage. Additionally, the in-track boom swing ensures the swing post and cylinder remain within the track width when digging alongside obstacles.

The ECR50 features reinforced digging equipment, undercarriage, and hoods for increased durability. A 50-hour greasing interval, wide-opening engine hood and easily accessible service points make maintenance and repair simple.

The machine has a 10% increased lifting capacity compared to the D-series. It also has 5% greater bucket breakout force and 7% greater arm tear-out force, allowing customers to handle bigger attachments.     

Both excavators have a fuel-saving Eco mode, engine auto-idle, and auto-engine shutdown as standard features. Eco mode can reduce fuel consumption by up to 10%. Auto-engine shut down reduces idling, lowering maintenance costs.

The ECR50 and ECR58 compact excavators are eligible for a free year of ActiveCare Direct, Volvo’s telematics service that provides machine monitoring and fleet utilization reporting directly from the manufacturer. All Volvo excavators are backed by the Volvo Lifetime Frame and Structure Warranty, which covers the frame, boom, and arm for the entirety of the initial ownership period.

They are also available through Sourcewell and HGACBuy purchasing cooperatives for governmental and non-profit organizations.