Controlled power and utmost precision: New Holland E385C with Trimble 3D steering – a top performer

Roth & Söhne contractors, who are based in Ellwangen, Germany, has recently expanded its existing excavator fleet with a New Holland E385C crawler excavator.

Designed primarily for heavy digging duties and handling bulk materials, the E385C also provides powerful performance combined with low fuel consumption, which were key factors in Roth & Söhne’s purchasing decision.

Prior to delivery by New Holland dealer Böhrer Baumaschinen, the E385C excavator was equipped with a Trimble positioning system by SITECH West. Based in Bensheim, they are the distribution partners of Trimble Systems in Germany. 

Gerwin Geisel (SITECH West), Thomas Roth (Roth & Söhne GmbH) and Matthias Meiser (Böhrer Baumaschinen)


Matthias Meiser, CEO of New Holland dealer Böhrer Baumaschinen, explains why Roth & Söhne chose the New Holland E385.”It’s highly reliable, it has a sturdy 6-cylinder engine and an extremely sensitive and fast hydraulic system. With an operating weight of around 38 tonnes, engine power of 286 hp and reinforced heavy-duty design, the E385C is a high-powered machine and is ideally suited to the needs of Roth & Söhne’s operations.

This heavy crawler excavator is equipped with a powerful common-rail engine, which is extremely fuel-efficient while maintaining good performance, thanks to a new ECO working mode. This is very important when it comes to reducing customer costs in the long-term. Of course the New Holland excavator also meets the specifications of the EU exhaust emissions standard stage 3B, with its integrated CEGR system." 

Thomas Roth, CEO of Roth & Söhne, is convinced this new machine will offer competitive advantages over other machines. This is due to the combination of state-of-the-art excavator technology and precise 3D steering using GPS, together with previous positive experience Roth has had, using 3D steering systems for its excavators.  

When first used in a re-naturalisation project in Ellwangen, the new E385C excavator with its 3D steering system was able to prove its worth. Here, the aim was to restore a section of the natural course of a tributary of the river Jagst. As a part of the landscaping project, an area of 10,000 sqm had to be remodelled. Thanks to the GPS system, the pegging out of the area by a surveyor could be minimised. For Roth & Söhne this has meant substantial savings have been achieved since excavations began in September, not only on fuel, but generally across the whole project. There was less shifted material, more precise positioning, as well as reduced costs for the building surveyor. This was made possible because most of the details of the planned works were available on the display in the cab.


Because the machine operator has all the relevant data at his disposal on the colour display in the cab from the start of operations, he can check the position of the excavator and equipment to the exact millimetre. This means the driver achieves the desired working height, digging depth and specified landform much more quickly.  With approximately 7,000 m³ of material having to be moved in the current project, the new E385C with its 3D steering system means smaller shortfall quantities and travelling motions, this in turn saves the company time, wages and machine costs. 

With the New Holland E385C crawler excavator, Roth is able to work extremely economically and is on target to complete the re-naturalisation project within a very short time. With his new, high-performing machine, CEO Thomas Roth is confident the company is well equipped to tender successfully for future projects.

Key data for the E385C excavator crawler:






monoboom & 2-piece boom

monoboom for bulk excavation

Exhaust system: 

CEGR + particle filter

CEGR + particle filter


EL 3.0m / LC 3.2m

EL 3.0m 

Rated power: 

213 kW (286 hp) 

213 kW (286 hp) 

Operating weight (max.):

38,292 kg

36,453 kg

Bucket capacity: 

0.74 m3 – 1.85 m3

0.74 m3 – 2.10 m3

Source: CNH