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Wed April 28, 2010 - National Edition
Volvo Construction Equipment’s upgraded EC360C and EC460C excavators are now faster and stronger, with increases in engine power of more than 10 percent and fuel efficiency improvements of up to 6 percent and 7 percent respectively.
The EC360C and EC460C are now more productive than ever, following respective boosts of 11.6 percent and 4 percent in engine power, increases in torque of 12 percent and 6 percent, and higher oil flow and pressure. Travel speeds also are up — the EC360C can now move at 3 mph (4.8 kmh) compared with 2.8 mph (4.5 kmh) and the EC460C can travel at 3.1 mph (5.1 kmh) as opposed to 3 mph (4.8 kmh). Maximum slew (swing) speed for the two excavators has increased from 9.7 rpm to 10.3 rpm and from 8.5 rpm to 8.8 rpm respectively.
As a result of higher performance capabilities, main structures and components have been strengthened to cope with the increases in stress levels. The EC360C and EC460C excavators now incorporate superior slew (swing) and crawler transmissions, additional undercarriage reinforcement and more durable key components, a stronger main frame (EC460C) and a newly developed welding process, which serves to significantly reinforce both booms and arms.
“These performance enhancing features, as well as increased durability in the machines’ main structures, ensure excellent cycle times, resulting in greater productivity, reduced downtime and lower operating costs,” said Rob Sinclair, product specialist at Volvo Construction Equipment. “Fuel efficiency also is increased to ensure that more material is moved per liter of fuel used.”