With fuel efficiency improvement of up to 13 per cent, combined with immense digging power, ease of use and servicing, the EC250D and EC300D from Volvo Construction Equipment is the equipment you need when there’s a tough job at hand.The new EC250D and EC300D excavators from Volvo Construction Equipment are heavy-duty machines that weigh 24.6-28 t (54,230-61,730 lb) and 30-33 t (66,140-73,630 lb) for the EC250D and EC300D respectively. Meeting the requirements of the strictest international emissions legislation, these powerful and reliable machines excel in heavy digging and lifting duties, offering superior cycle times and greater fuel efficiency. In fact, these machines offer improvements in fuel efficiency over the models they replace by between 9-13 per cent.Both machines are fitted with Tier 4i/Stage IIIB-compliant Volvo D8H Volvo engines, delivering lower emissions and good fuel efficiency. These engine features a waste-gate turbo, externally cooled exhaust gas re-circulation (E-EGR) and a Diesel Particulate Filter with active regeneration. Maximum power is 151 kW (202 hp) for the EC250D and 169 kW (227 hp) for the EC300D.From mass excavation and loading to piping and construction, these machines have the versatility and ability to cope with a remarkably wide range of tasks. Fitted with Contronics, Volvo’s advanced mode selection system, operators can choose from five working modes that best suit the job in hand. This not only tailors the performance to the application, but also optimises the use of fuel, not wasting a drop of the increasingly precious liquid. Modes include idle, fine, general, heavy and Power-Max, the latter giving an additional 100 rpm over heavy mode. Performance can be further matched to the task by an attachment management system, which stores up to 18 different attachment presets. This allows hydraulic flow and pressure adjustments to be accurately set, according to the needs of the tool being used, at just the touch of a button.HydraulicsThe hydraulics system features two variable displacement axial piston pumps. Independent and simultaneous movements of the digging equipment are controlled by an automatic sensing work mode. When only a single function is being used, the hydraulics system combines the flow of both pumps for quick cycle times and greater productivity. It can also prioritise flow according to the work being done, eg, to the boom for faster raising when loading or in deep excavations; to the arm during leveling or swing during large slewing angles.The Boom Float frees up hydraulic flow by lowering using gravity only, and a Boom-Down/Arm-In/Bucket-In regeneration system diverts oil from the cylinder piston side to the cylinder rod side, resulting in faster, more efficient digging. Thanks to the optimised hydraulic piping and by introducing a new ECO mode, any losses in the hydraulic system is minimised, thanks to a smart Electro-Hydraulic control, allowing customers to get better fuel efficiency without any loss of performance in most operating conditions.Operator environmentFitted with the latest generation Care Cab, these machines offer users excellent visibility, ideally placed controls and monitors, and a quieter, safer and more comfortably spacious place to spend their days. Operators are also in for less of a shock with these new machines, thanks to the cab being ROPS-protected and mounted on viscous silicon rubber mounts that iron out vibrations.UndercarriageFeaturing long undercarriages, everything about the EC250D and EC300D shouts ‘Stability’ and ‘Heavy duty.’ The undercarriage is made from thick gauge, high strength tensile steel, the sprocket and top rollers are made from forged steel and deep hardened for long term durability. Bottom rollers feature extreme pressure (EP) oil, reducing the oil temperature and ensuring consistent viscosity, even under heavy loads. Durable three-stage plantary gearboxes and automatic two-speed track motors are used, while improved performance over difficult or steep terrain is evident due to increased tractive force.Boom & armDurable and heavily reinforced to withstand working with high impact materials, such as blasted rock, the boom arm is made from high tensile steel and robotically welded for severe use durability. Wear strips welded to the arm also give added protection, while the linkage yoke features a support bar for additional strength.MaintenanceBoth the EC250D and EC300D feature easy maintenance. Accessed via wide opening compartment doors, grouped, ground level filters and service points are simpler and safer to get to. Checks are done quicker, further improving uptime, while a reversible cooling fan is operated from the cab, helping to prevent radiators clogging and overheating problems developing. A service mode on the color I-ECU monitor in the cab allows technicians to easily perform diagnostic checks (The monitor can also display the view from the rear facing camera).SupportThese machines come fitted as standard with CareTrack, Volvo CE’s telematic system. Accessed remotely, CareTrack provides machine information such as fuel consumption and service reminders that allow improved planning and operation. A comprehensive range of service plans are also available from Volvo’s dedicated dealer network, ranging from routine wear inspections to full service agreements and Eco Operator training.