A hard act to follow


“I don’t think you’ll find a better balanced machine in its class.”

That’s the verdict of Mark Preece, proprietor of MK Preece Excavations when asked to sum up his experience of his latest Volvo compact excavator, the Volvo EC27C.
Purchasing his latest Volvo machine is nothing new to Mark who has been running Volvo compact excavators for over 15 years. “My first introduction was back in 1997 just as Volvo had taken over the old Pel Job brand and with all the Volvo compact excavators I’ve owned and operated since, I’ve only ever had to replace a ram seal, an O ring and a couple of pipes,” he said.
Replacing his two-and-a-half tonne EC25 was going to be a hard act to follow yet Mark has been more than suitably impressed with his new acquisition – the EC27C. “I’m very pleased with the build quality and the fact that Volvo has retained the cast sections in the digging equipment. The relationship between the boom and arm geometry in terms of reach and the ability to get close into the blade is excellent. The overall balance of the machine easily matches my old EC25 and was one of the main reasons for sticking with Volvo.”
The EC27C replaces the previous EC25 and EC30 models. Powered by a Volvo 1.6 litre low emission Stage III the machine delivers the performance in the range of the previous Volvo EC30 – yet with a compact design reminiscent of the smaller EC25. The conventional excavator design provides exceptional stability along with minimal superstructure swing.
Simultaneous control of slew and offset movements provides faster, more precise performance due to the right joystick control lever that features an electronically proportional roller. This allows the operator to accurately adjust hydraulic flow as needed.
All hydraulic functions are performed in total independence for more control and less delay when handling multiple tasks. An automatic two-speed travel system engages when operating in high speed mode.