Volvo CE Expands Range of Straight Boom Demolition Excavators

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The 25.5-ft. straight boom fitted to the EC500 also is equipped with heavy-duty features to withstand the beating it may take on job sites.

Mon March 11, 2024
Volvo Construction Equipment

Designed principally for demolition duties, the new EC500 Straight Boom excavator from Volvo Construction Equipment gives operators a 30 percent increase in pin height over the standard boom.

The 25.5-ft. straight boom fitted to the EC500 also is equipped with heavy-duty features to withstand the beating it may take on job sites. The machine includes a powerful but fuel-efficient engine, a demolition-specific cab, and enhanced safety features like an optional remote control that allows the operator to control it from a safe distance.

"The EC500 Straight Boom gives customers a new 50-ton option for larger jobs and complements our three high-reach models as well as our 14-ton to 95-ton standard excavators with demolition-specific guarding and hydraulic options," said Tony den Hoed, director of demolition strategic accounts of Volvo CE.

The machine is now available for order in North America.

Durable Demolition Specialist

The EC500 Straight Boom is based upon the proven standard model introduced at ConExpo 2023 but is custom-built for demolition. In addition to the straight boom and purpose-built arm, the EC500 Straight Boom has a 6,610-lb. heavier counterweight for added stability. For convenience when moving from site to site, the counterweight can be easily removed using a hydraulic removal feature.

To stand up to the rigors of demolition, the machine is reinforced with boom/bucket cylinder protection, full track guards, heavy-duty belly covers and heavy-duty side doors.

Standard features include a larger auxiliary return line for faster attachment movements. In an industry first, the case drain line is plumbed directly to its tank, returning oil directly back to the tank (not to a case drain circuit) and reducing back pressure on the rotation circuit.

Other standards include quick-fit hydraulic connections and a dust suppression system that can pump 8 gal. per minute through four nozzles.

The updated cab includes:

  • A robust rollover protection system.
  • Frame-mounted falling object guards that can be swung out to clean the front window.
  • Front and top windows with half-inch thick, high impact-resistant single-piece glass.
  • Front and top window wipers and fluid for better visibility while working.

Hydraulic filter changes are extended to 1,000 hours for reduced maintenance and downtime. In addition, as with all other Volvo demolition excavators, the EC500 Straight Boom includes a Lifetime Frame and Structure Warranty. The warranty covers the frame, boom and arm for the entire initial ownership period.

This story also appears on Construction Equipment Guide.