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Volvo ultra-reach excavators:
High-flyers of demolition at bauma 2013

MUNICH/GERMANY, May 06, 2013 - Demolition is one of the most demanding lines of work in the industry. Volvo Construction Equipment developed two ultra-high reach demolition-model excavators: the EC380DHR and the EC480DHR.

EC380DHR and EC480DHR ultra-high reach demolition-model excavators from Volvo Construction Equipment

Volvo @ Bauma - the  EC480DHR meets the needs of ultra high reach demolition and yet can convert easily to general excavator duties.

To provide the most versatile machines possible on demolition job sites, Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is offering two new models of ultra-high reach excavator, both specially tailored to the rigors of demolition at heights: the 21m-reach EC380DHR and the 27m-reach EC480DHR. Volvo HR machines can be fitted with both high-reach equipment and a standard boom and arm configuration. The ability to switch from one type of boom-arm configuration to another with ease facilitates a higher return on customers’ investment. A hydraulic modular joint enables a 30-minute quick change from demolition to standard attachment, boosting machine utilization when not required for high reach projects.

With operator safety and machine protection as key considerations, the Volvo concept is to provide a completely specified demolition package. Helping customers avoid overlooking important options, Volvo’s concept packages everything together, with all demolition-specific features included, so the customer does not have to worry about which features to specify. The unique aspect of these demolition options is that they are all ‘bolt-on’, so no welding is necessary in the event of anything needing to be replaced due to wear or damage. This results in less machine downtime, and increased profitability of the customer’s operation.

Standard features included on both HR models include:

  • Bucket and boom cylinder guards, to protect rods and cylinders from falling object damage.
  • Swing ring protection guard to protect the swing ring bearing seal and grease piping from damage by rebar, timber, concrete or other rubble.
  • Frame-mounted, falling object guard (FOG). Bars on the front of the guard are set at angles to increase forward visibility.
  • Micro-mesh screens on doors and engine cowl to keep out fine particles that could result in overheating and impede engine performance.
  • Double thickness side doors on both sides of the superstructure to protect pumps and coolers in the event of collision.
  • Bolt-on side impact protection system to defend the superstructure from damage.
  • Enhanced 8mm under-guarding (10mm under the slew ring).
  • Full-length track guards to repel demolition debris and prevent rebar or other sharp objects from lodging in the tracks.
  • Total movement indicator (TMI) system, which detects if the machine is under overload (through pressure, angle and slew sensors) and warns the operator via audible alarm and lamp signal.
  • Hydraulically retractable undercarriage for better stability during work and for ease of transportation.
  • Large 7” front-view camera on the high reach demolition boom for better visibility and safety operation.


Volvo Construstion Equipment EC480DHR high reach demolition excavator in action

Volvo @ Bauma - EC480DHR high reach demolition excavator.

With new styling enhancements, the EC380DHR and EC480DHR are stronger and faster than the machines that preceded them. These ultra-high reach excavators are equipped with a Volvo D13 Tier 4i/Stage IIIB-certified engine, for lower emissions and increased horsepower and engine torque. Productivity is boosted with higher main hydraulic pressure and better hydraulic flow, as well as increased swing speed, travel speed, arm tear-out and bucket breakout forces. Hydraulic quick couplers are all new for more reliability. Operator comfort is improved with lower interior sound levels. The cabin hydraulically tilts up to 30 degrees, reducing operator neck strain and fatigue when working on high-reach jobs. And Volvo’s popular telematics system CareTrack comes as standard for three years.

As with all Volvo products, these high-reach excavators are backed up with a supportive and knowledgeable dealer network. Supplying genuine parts, highly trained experts can provide a range of solutions to keep Volvo customers’ machines productively working and earning.

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