Volvo's EC27D Compact Excavator Makes Its Debut

Volvo offers a range of attachments including buckets, breakers, and thumb. Changing attachments is easy with the Volvo pin-grabber mechanical quick coupler.

Volvo EC27D Compact Excavator
The new Volvo EC27D 2.7-ton compact excavator is equipped with a Volvo D1.1A Tier 4 Final engine with passive regeneration and features impressive lifting capacity and more than 9,600 pounds of digging force. Due to the precise matching of the engine to the Volvo hydraulics, the EC27D uses 5 percent less fuel and has 30 percent less horsepower (21 gross horsepower) than its predecessor while maintaining the same breakout and tearout forces. The EC27D's size, stability and lifting capacity will make it an ideal candidate for a range of applications, especially utility work and rental companies.

The EC27D is a conventional radius machine and a complement to the ECR25D short swing excavator with its similar size, but it has greater lifting capacity and stability compared to the short swing model.

Smooth and easy operation

The EC27D features a ROPS/FOPS canopy or the optional Volvo Care Cab, designed to enhance operator control, comfort and productivity. With 360-degree visibility, a comfortable seat, leading ergonomics, convenient storage and excellent noise and vibration insulation, the cab is a comfortable environment that reduces operator fatigue.

Thanks to responsive controls and an optimized hydraulic system, the operator can maneuver this machine with ease and precision. Proportional fingertip controls offer a smooth and effortless command of the boom offset and auxiliary hydraulic flows, while the joystick enables the operator to fine-tune the maximum hydraulic flow of any attachment to ensure ideal speed and power for the task at hand. Using the automatic two-speed travel system, the operator can continually drive the machine at a high speed, which is automatically reduced when more traction is required.

The extended working range requires less repositioning and enables the operator to work close to the blade for fast finishing when grading.

Versatility with attachments

Volvo offers a range of attachments including buckets, breakers, and thumb. Changing attachments is quick and easy with the Volvo pin-grabber mechanical quick coupler. Compatible with all Volvo attachments, Volvo couplers ensure the optimum versatility for any task.

Low maintenance features

The EC27D compact excavator maximizes uptime and delivers a low cost of ownership thanks to many built-in features. The single variable displacement pump uses power from the Volvo engine, only when it is needed for optimum fuel efficiency. The auto idle and auto engine shutdown features reduce fuel consumption and maintenance costs while ensuring a higher resale value.

The wide-opening lockable engine hood provides easy access to grouped daily checkpoints. Using the Volvo patented hydraulic filter, operators can visually check hydraulic oil condition at a glance. Daily maintenance is minimized with 50-hour greasing intervals, saving customers time and money.

Support features

The Volvo EC27D is supported by a range of services and support programs such as the Volvo Lifetime Frame and Structure Warranty which covers the loader arm for the entirety of the initial period of ownership; the 24-Hour Parts Guarantee (applies to Class 1 parts orders. 24-Hour Parts Delivery Guarantee in the United States, including Alaska, and a 48-Hour Parts Delivery Guarantee in Canada and Hawaii); customizable maintenance plans; or the Volvo CareTrack telematics system — an option for Volvo compact excavators — which monitors information on a variety of machine data points in real time and provides remote alerts to the fleet manager for improved service scheduling, preventive maintenance and fleet utilization. When outfitted with CareTrack, the EC27D is eligible for ActiveCare Direct, the Volvo telematics service that provides 24/7/365 machine monitoring and fleet utilization reporting directly from Volvo. ActiveCare Direct is free for one year with select new machine purchases, including the EC27D.


Engine Volvo D1.1A
Gross power 20.9 hp (15.6 kW)
Net power 19.8 hp (14.8 kW)
. . . at engine speed 2,400 r/min
Operating weight 6,019 lb (2,730 kg)
Operating weight - canopy version 5,820 lb (2,640 kg)
Bucket capacity 0.044 - 0.156 y3 (0.034 - 0.119 m3)
Travel speed 1.62 / 2.98 mph (2.6 / 4.8 km/h)
Slewing speed 9.4 r/min
Breakout force 5,528 lbf (24.6 kN)
Tear out force (arm breakout force) 4,060 lbf (18.1 kN)
Boom swing angle, left / right angle 72.5 / 53
Overall width 5'1" ft in (1550 mm)
Overall length 12'11" / 12'6" ft in (3,933 / 3,811 mm)
Main hydraulic pump max. flow 17.2 gal/min (65 l/min)
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