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 19 My particular EW60E was fitted with a tiltrotator that allowed the bucket to spin for any angled excavation. It was awesome. The tiltrotator also had a grapple on the back of the bucket which allowed me to flip the bucket and easily pick up stones. "Add in an optional tiltrotator, coupler and the hundreds of attachments available for these machines and you have the ultimate in flex- ibility for any job," said Ray Gallant, vice president of sales sup- port and also McLean's manager, giving additional insight into the wheeled ex market. "Although the current wheel excavator segment in North America is still small in comparison to Europe or Asia, we see a significant growth opportunity in North America for this type of machine." The EW60E looks to capitalize on those opportunities, fueled by is a 60-net-hp Volvo Tier 4 Final engine and adjustable hydraulic flow. McLean was quick to note that the EW60E has 12 percent more horsepower than prior series models while delivering a 10 percent improvement in fuel efficiency due to a smaller displace- ment engine with a turbocharger. The standard auto idle feature helps to reduce fuel consumption even further, and a unique op- tional feature from Volvo, called auto engine shutdown, shuts off the engine automatically after a preselected idle time, lowering fuel costs and noise. The EW60E is also equipped with features designed to ease ser- vice. "You have ground level access to almost everything," said McLean. I especially dig that service intervals can easily be moni- OPERATIONAL ADVICE By Matt McLean, Product Manager for Wheeled Excavators at Volvo CE I typically recommend when you're put- ting spoils back from an excavator that you never sweep across because that's going to put excessive load on the pins. Usually, if you can't reach material over here, I would actually move the excavator to be perpen- dicular and approach the pile from straight on. So, if you're doing your cleanup work, it's never a good idea for the excavator to just sweep across. As far as the actual dig- ging, generally just make sure you're well- anchored when you start. It just depends, especially on a slick day like today, even if I had triple-grousers, if I had a dozer blade I would definitely sink the dozer blade to make sure I don't get pulled.

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