Volvo introduces new EC20C compact excavator for performance and reliability in the 2-ton class

The introduction of the new Volvo EC20C excavator provides reliability, operator comfort, ergonomic design, performance and safety in a 2-ton-class excavator.

Construction Equipment sets new standards of quality, technological innovation and value in the 2-ton class and joins the compact excavator team as the smallest model in the line. Now available in North America, the EC20C is powered by a Tier 4 compliant 16.2 horsepower diesel engine and sports a new cab and digging equipment design.

The operator can now use an electro-proportional fingertip control on the joystick for swing and offset movement at the same time. This enables the EC20C excavator to deliver faster and more precise performance, while reducing operator fatigue. The attachment circuit and offset function foot controls have been replaced by the joystick button — providing operators with more leg and foot room.

Maximum hydraulic oil flow for the first auxiliary circuit can now be set to adjust the maximum speed of a tilting ditching bucket. The adjustment is easily made from the right-hand joystick using the proportional roller and maximum flow switch.

Productivity is enhanced and fuel consumption lowered during traveling movements since travel speed automatically shifts from high to low according to the working load. This ensures optimum productivity and traction when operating over steep terrain or in difficult conditions. It also helps improve productivity in leveling work or backfilling.

The Volvo Care Cab on the EC20C provides a roomy operating environment that meets or exceeds TOPS, ROPS and OPG1 (Object Protective Guard) standards of protection. An adjustable seat has ergonomic armrests for operator comfort.

A new instrument panel provides comprehensive information for all key operating functions with well-designed and ideally located controls, instruments and switches. A digital hour meter displays total engine running hours and can be viewed from outside the cab without starting the engine.

The design of the EC20C has reduced the tail swing by 7 percent compared to its predecessor, the B-series excavator. The shorter tail swing footprint, along with the rounded design and cast-iron rear counterweight, offers maximum rear protection to the excavator.

Serviceability is efficient and maintenance / operating costs are lowered as all service points are easily accessible under the engine hood of the EC20C, including fuel level when filling; checks for engine oil, air filter coolant level and hydraulic oil level and filling.

A battery disconnect switch is standard on the EC20C. Located outside of the cab / canopy of the excavator, electricity supply is turned off when the switch is removed, ensuring safety and lowering risk of machine theft.

Max dig depth

8 ft 4 in (2 557 mm)

Operating weight with cab

4,277 lb (1 940 kg)


16.2 hp (11.9 kW) @ 2,000 rpm

Track width

10 in (250 mm)

Breakout force

4,159 lbf (1 850 daN)

Tearout force

2,810 lbf (1 250 daN)


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December 8, 2010

For more information, please contact:

Beatrice Cardon
Vice President Corporate Communication
Volvo CE North America, Inc.
Phone: 828-650-2183

Jean Hiller 
Phone: 515-557-2008