Compact Equipment

JUN 2018

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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www.compactequip.com 17 xcavators on wheels are a fairly new category of con- struction equipment in the American marketplace — especially small varieties. That's what intrigued me about Volvo's EW60E. It's a compact size class excavator engineered on four wheels (not tracks), which allows for convenient road travel (similar to a backhoe) and excellent maneuvering (four-wheel drive) in confined spaces, digging and wielding other attachments from breakers to pipe handlers. The EW60E, which travels 18.6 mph, is an ideal machine for operators on the move — a municipality or road contractor — that would often prefer to road to a project rather than use a trailer and truck. "So, you can obviously trailer this machine and go from job to job, but for an area like say Shippensburg, you can pretty much zip all around town in an EW60E," explained Matt McLean, product manager for wheeled excavators at Volvo. "There's probably no place in Shippensburg where you couldn't get to within half an hour." Can we take it somewhere around town? "Ha. You'd have to put on the flashers," laughed McLean. He quickly waved the sentiment away and politely pointed to the expansive operation area behind Volvo Construction Equipment's Customer Center in its home- town of Shippensburg, Pa. There's 40 acres, he explained, surrounding this state-of-the-art meeting facility (just built in 2014) designed to house sales and operator training and dealer and VIP visits with swank. Behind the actual center is a giant operator's playground full of simulated jobsite applications. Excavators of all sizes are set up in a giant circle, ready to dig in thick Pennsylvania mud. Volvo haul trucks are navigating around an obstacle course with speed and precision, and a group of random trainees is huddled in a circle in front of it all, devising a plan, eyeing every- thing from skid steers to wheel loaders. Volvo CE has also invited me to this destination to be the first journalist in North America to operate its new EW60E compact wheeled excavator, but before I'm en- couraged to go play in the muck (it's an extremely muddy day in late April), McLean gave me a walk-around. Be the First North American Journalist to Operate the EW60E Wheeled Excavator This is my go-to, arms-folded pose. OPERATION VOLVO MISSION E

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