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Volvo Small-Wonder ECR25D Short Swing Radius Excavator Gets up Close and Personal

Volvo shows how the small excavator can handle the large loads.

Mon September 16, 2013 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

It might be small, but the ECR25D compact excavator from Volvo Construction Equipment delivers maximum mobility, performance and power. With a weight of 2.5 tons (2.2 t), the ECR25D achieves greater breakout and tearout forces (8,453 lbs. combined) than the 2.8-ton (2.5 t) ECR28 excavator it replaces.

Heavy loads are easily managed with the lifting capacity of the ECR25D, and superior control and balance keep the machine surefooted in any situation. Productivity is maximized by a high-performing, fuel efficient engine and advanced hydraulic components. This versatile machine is highly mobile and efficient, and has low running costs, making it ideal for any application requiring small excavators, according to the manufacturer.

Small But Mighty

The narrow design of the ECR25D makes it ideal for working in confined areas and urban environments — electrical wire installation or water piping repair can be performed quickly with limited impact to the traffic or neighborhood.

For more demanding operations or greater versatility, the machine can be equipped with an additional counterweight; in such cases, the tail radius minimally exceeds track width, preventing collision or damage — a benefit in residential areas.

The compact dimensions of the ECR25D also make transportation from site to site easy. Total transport weight — including three buckets, a hydraulic breaker and small trailer — is just 3.5 tons (3.2 t).

The ECR25D is powered by a fuel-efficient, Tier IVi-certified, 20.9 hp (15.6 kW) engine. Further enhancing fuel efficiency and lowering operating costs is an optional auto-idling system, which reduces engine speed when controls are inactive for more than five seconds.

An advanced hydraulic system boosts productivity and enhances digging performance. A flow sharing main control valve offers fast cycle times, while a load sensing variable displacement piston pump delivers flow on demand, lowering operating costs.

Attention to Detail

The ECR25D might be small, but it leads its class in cab size and ergonomics — providing outstanding operator comfort. The access area is large, so operators can get in and out easily without bumping controls, and a flat, uncluttered floor offers ample foot space. An adjustable seat, ergonomic armrests and ideally positioned controls facilitate intuitive operation. The machine can be positioned quickly and easily, as slew and offset movements are controlled simultaneously via a proportional roller and joystick that are precise and easy to use.

Large, hydraulic travel pedals provide the operator accurate, hands-free track control, while an automatic, two-speed travel function allows the machine to downshift when more effort is required. Low speed mode can be enabled at the flip of a switch for more sensitive operations. Excellent visibility is provided to the blade, digging equipment and tracks — improving precision and job-site safety. Whether equipped with a Volvo cab or canopy, three-point entry and roll over protection (ROPS) are standard, helping ensure operator safety.

The ECR25D compact excavator also is easy to service and maintain. All check points are readily accessible at ground level and grouped under a wide-opening, lockable hood. Greasing need only be carried out every 50 hours. A multi-function hydraulic oil filter/filler improves protection of the hydraulic system and provides early detection of oil pollutants.

The ECR25D is available with several packages to better support customers’ businesses, along with options such as long arm for enhanced working range or additional rear counterweight to better handle heavy attachments. Work tools can be installed due to the optional attachment carrier (hydraulic or mechanical) available installed from the factory, along with an extensive catalog of genuine Volvo attachments available through the Volvo Customer Solutions team.

The optional Volvo CareTrack remote telematics system provides owners the information they need to optimize performance and maximize uptime, including geo-fence, geo-tracking, an engine on/off status monitor and hourly-based work reports.

For more information, call 717/532-9181 or visit

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