ECM excavators have also been sold under the Eurocomach brand. The latter is the main brand of the Italian manufacturer, but due to the import situation, only ECM machines can be found in Finland at the moment. The only difference is in the colour, because the basic colour of the ECM is white and the Eurocomach is red.
The ECM won in technical points thanks to its particularly strong hydraulics, but it came lower in the overall standings due to the test operator assessment points. Apart from the swing power, the machine came top in all power measurements. The undercarriage proved particularly stable, as the tractive force was by far the largest and the drive the fastest. There were further points for the zero tail, as the tail remains within the track width during the turn.
In the prospectus, the operating weight of the machine is given as 8,300 kilos. However, for the machine equipped with the steel tracks with rubber pads and the tilt rotator, the scale showed an operating weight of over 10,000 kilograms, including 70 kilograms for the operator. In contrast to the boom model requested in the test invitation, the ECM had a fixed boom. Because of the missing swivel joint, the centre of gravity was closer to the middle, which together with the large weight made the ECM very stable. Because of the boom variant, however, the range was then the lowest by far.
The compact dimensions come at the cost of poorer serviceability and repairability. For example, refilling oil or replacing filters is difficult because you have to go behind different hoses. You also have to unscrew some plates to get to the battery.
The view from the ECM operator's cab is also not the best. For example, the view to the right and to the rear is poor. Point deductions were also made for the weak accelerator pedals, the complicated display and the complicated air-conditioning system control.
PRAISE & CRITICISM
- Especially powerful hydraulics
- Fast driving skills
- No tail swing
- Significantly larger operating weight than indicated
- Complicated display and complicated air-conditioning system control
- Tight engine compartment
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