Volvo CE’s new EC20D compact excavator drops fuel consumption with new engine, auto idle system

Updated Jun 19, 2015

Volvo CE EC20DVolvo Construction Equipment has introduced its latest compact excavator, featuring an engine update and a new automatic idling system.

The new EC20D is powered by a Volvo D0.9A Tier 4 Final engine, pushing 16.3 horsepower and boosting fuel efficiency by 10 percent when the machine is also equipped the optional auto engine shutdown feature.

Further reductions in fuel consumption come by way of a new auto idling system which switches engine speed to idle if the machine’s controls are inactive for more than five seconds.

The 4,300-pound machine features a break-out force of 4,107 lbs.-ft. with a tear-out force of 2,763 lbs.-ft. Max reach is 14 feet with a max digging depth of 8.4 feet and a max dumping height of 9.2 feet.

Maximum lifting capacity is rated at 1,195 pounds at ground level with the blade down. Volvo says the machine’s hydraulic system offers best-in-class max flow for attachments at 11.4 gallons per minute. The machine offers in-cab flow adjustment so operators can match attachment speed to what the job necessitates.

Speaking of the cab, Volvo says it’s the roomiest in its class, featuring a wide door and ample noise and and vibration insulation. Visibility is enhanced thanks to the machine’s boom design, offset slightly to the left.

A fingertip roller gives operators precise boom offset and attachment use. A high-speed travel switch is located on the dozer blade lever for fast backfilling, while a single-acting auxiliary button on the front of the right joystick ensures easy hydraulic breaker operation.

A wide range of attachments are available. For easy and safe transport, the machine features dedicated lifting points and an automatic swing brake.

Volvo backs the machine with a lifetime frame and structure warranty, fully covering the boom, arm and frame. Volvo or an authorized dealer will repair or replace these components as necessary during the period of initial ownership or for the full life of the equipment — whichever is less.