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Volvo Construction unveils EC550E excavator to the worldwide market

The EC550E is available with a range of optimum-sized heavy-duty rock buckets designed for use in abrasive conditions. (Image source: Volvo Construction Equipment)

Volvo Construction Equipment has expanded the distribution of its EC550E crawler excavator, offering Tier 3 engine with customers throughout the world can benefit from its industry leading performance, productivity and efficiency

Kwangsuk Jee, global product manager at Volvo Construction, explained, ?Delivering the type of durability and performance more commonly expected from a 60/65-tonne machine, the EC550E is a crawler excavator which truly punches above its weight. Customers in Tier 3 markets can get ready for up to 35% more productivity and 22% more fuel efficiency, combined with superb operator comfort and outstanding levels of uptime.?

35% more productivity

Boasting remarkable levels of power and productivity, the EC550E is a machine perfectly suited for mining, mass excavation and large infrastructure projects. With the ability to fill a 35-40 tonne hauler or highway truck in just four to six buckets, the result is optimum pass-matching and high-levels of production at a low cost per tonne.

Short cycle times further boost productivity, made possible by digging forces and lifting capacity more commonly found in a 60/65-tonne excavator. This is complemented by the engine power, reinforced boom and arm, as well as boom/swing and boom/travel priority settings. 

The EC550E is available with a range of optimum-sized heavy-duty rock buckets designed for use in abrasive conditions, with the Volvo Tooth System making easy work of teeth replacements thanks to its place, push and click functionality. 

Lower cost per tonne

Customers can take fuel efficiency to a new level thanks to the next generation electro-hydraulic system with Independent Metering Valve Technology (IMVT) and engine/pump optimisation, which lowers engine rpm while optimising power. The main control valve uses Independent Metering Valve Technology, the latest pioneering innovation from Volvo and the most high-performing hydraulic system in the industry. 

To support the fuel-efficient performance of the machine, Volvo offers a range of services to help customers reduce the fuel expenditure and carbon emissions of their operations even further, including Fuel Efficiency Reports and operator training initiatives. Using Volvo Site Simulation, Volvo dealers can also help customers to optimise site productivity and lower their total cost of ownership, by providing recommendations on the best fleet configuration and site set-up to maximise profitability.


For decades Volvo has been renowned for delivering the ultimate in operator comfort and convenience, and the EC550E is no exception. The ROPS cab exceeds industry standards for this class of machine, and with low noise and low vibration, operators will experience the highest levels of comfort.

The already best-in-class visibility is further enhanced by the optional high visibility cab, one-piece front window, and rear and side-view cameras. The optional Volvo smart view uses front, rear and side cameras to provide a real-time, overhead view of the machine, especially helpful when working in confined spaces.

Work harder for longer

With a host of uptime-boosting machine features combined with the support of the Volvo dealer, customers can count on the EC550E to deliver maximum machine availability. With the optional delayed engine shutdown customers can keep their turbocharger working in top condition for longer. 

CareTrack, the Volvo telematics system, also helps customers to maximise machine uptime and reduce repair costs. Customers can choose to keep track of their machines themselves, or let Volvo take care of it with activeCare. 

When maintenance actions are required, grouped filters accessible from the ground level make servicing quick and easy, while the three-point right-hand access ensures the upper structure can be accessed with confidence when needed.