First Volvo EC380DL excavator in New Zealand


Volvo’s first EC380DL excavator in New Zealand is said to be delivering superior fuel economy and machine performance

With a wider and higher undercarriage, Volvo’s first EC380DL excavator in New Zealand is said to be delivering EC380DL’s superior fuel economy and machine performance that makes it ideal for harvesting large timber, taking on the formidable forestry terrains with ease, says New Zealand Volvo distributors Transdiesel.

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The machine, which is owned by Mike Harris Logging Ltd, is powered by a Volvo 208kW/283hp D13F, Tier 2 engine and is currently working on land in the Kaingaroa Forest—considered to be so challenging that a previous crew could not harvest it.

On a landscape that’s criss-crossed with deep gullies and hard to access or negotiate, Mike is using the EC380DL to fall, trim, and process seven-tonne-plus trees into logs, with the company producing around 3000 tonnes of logs daily.

Operator Mike Harris says: "The EC380DL is very economical using only 27.9 litres of fuel per hour whereas the old one was running at about 33 litres per hour. Other machines around this size can be doing anything up to 40 litres, so this compares really well."

The crawler excavator features a bucket capacity of 1.35 cubic metres to three cubic metres, has a 14,540kg lifting capacity along the undercarriage, a breakout force range between 198kN and 215kN, and maximum digging reach of 11,720mm.

Mike has recently added a second EC380DL to his fleet, saying that with a good run, he decided to stick to the Volvo brand.

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