Medium & Large Excavators: Equipment Spotlight

November 2012, Vol. 67, No. 11
The Kobelco SK485.

Volvo Construction Equipment
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Part of the new generation D-Series of excavators, Volvo CE is offering customers three heavyweight production machines, ranging in weight classes between 75,000-111,800 pounds – the EC340D, EC380D and EC480D excel in heavy digging and lifting duties, offering superior cycle times and greater fuel efficiency. At the heart of these machines is a turbocharged high pressure direct injection Volvo diesel engine that offers maximum power of 279 hp (EC340D/EC380D), and 343 hp (EC480D) respectively. All three machines feature an automatic idling system that reduces engine speed when the levers and pedals are not activated – aiding fuel efficiency and lowering external noise. The larger EC480D features mechanical variable width tracks, which extend the width by 6 inches and raise clearance by 8 inches, aiding stability and protection. 825.650.2000,

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Whether your work is urban renewal, street repair, or underground utilities, the new reduced-tail swing Hitachi ZX245USLC-5 opens up a wide range of possibilities since it can work in and around obstacles, and on congested jobsites.The ZX245USLC-5, with its increased weight and arm and dig forces, provides noticeably more muscle than its predecessor. It also utilizes three pumps and a new hydraulic valve to improve both productivity and smoothness. 866.973.0394,

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