New Volvo compact excavators introduced

SMT GB is bringing to market two new Volvo compact excavators in the form of the 3.5t EC37 and 4t ECR40.

The models replace the phased-out Volvo EC35D, ECR35D and ECR40D excavators and feature many of the benefits introduced with the recently launched Volvo ECR50 and ECR58 diggers.

SMT GB explained the machines offer the same ‘easy-to-operate’ functionality with ‘superior stability and long-lasting performance’. Sharing the same platform and components, the only difference between the two is that the EC37 has a conventional upper carriage design while the ECR40 has a short radius concept to allow working in more confined spaces.

The models boast a new elongated undercarriage to maintain ‘optimum’ stability in almost any environment, thanks to a better weight balance provided by the longer contact between the tracks and the ground. High system pressure is designed to ensure an ‘impressive’ traction force when climbing gradients or travelling over rough terrain.

Customisable hydraulics flow setting and work modes for a range of attachments and applications means it is easier to set up the machine for any task required, SMT GB added. And if there is more than operator, customers can set up the control however each person sees fit with just a few setting changes on the new style HMI (human machine interface).

The optional Volvo hydraulic thumb aims to deliver the flexibility and control needed across applications such as lifting, piling, carrying, placing and loading. It can be fully retracted against the arm for unobstructed use of the bucket or breaker.

The new Volvo EC37 and ECR40 excavators are equipped with the same ‘spacious, ergonomic and silent’ cab seen on the ECR50 and ECR58 models.

The machines feature 50 hours greasing intervals, ‘easily accessed’ service points, wide opening engine and rear hoods and a fuel tank capacity of 70 litres. With auto engine shutdown, hours not worked are not recorded.