With mass excavation and quarry applications in mind, Volvo Construction Equipment launched the EC480E crawler excavator.
The Tier 4 Final/Stage IV-compliant EC480E, powered by the Volvo D13 engine, delivers high digging and breakout forces alongside reduced emissions and improved fuel efficiency.
The full electro-hydraulics are matched to the engine and are controlled by an advanced system which provides on-demand flow and reduces power losses within the circuit.
Volvo ECO mode contributes to 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. The integrated work mode system offers the operator a choice of work modes according to the task at hand — including I (Idle), F (Fine), G (General) and H (Heavy) — 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.
The EC480E has been designed for ease and simplicity of operation, and 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 8-inch color LCD screen, displaying machine status information, is easy to read in any light.
Designed for simple maintenance, the 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 damage by overheating thanks to a hydraulically-driven, electrically-controlled cooling fan, further minimizing 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 carried out thanks to grouped service points and large, wide opening doors, helping to get the most out of every operating shift. The radiator, charged air cooler and hydraulic oil cooler are situated side-by-side to maximize efficiency, reduce blockages and aid in cleaning.
The system is accessed from ground level by opening the side door. Moreover, the handrails and full-size guard rails facilitate safe entry and exit of the cab and maintenance access to the superstructure, while easy-clean anti-slip plates help the operator gain a sure footing.
The EC480E’s versatility increases uptime as the excavator can be adapted with a wide range of purpose-built attachments.
Volvo general purpose buckets are the perfect tool for digging and re-handling in soft to medium conditions, while heavy-duty buckets are intended for productive digging in compacted 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.