Seasoned Track Loader Manufacturer Also Makes Skid Steers
ASV introduced its line of skid steer loaders in 2011. Although each model was designed from the ground up as a skid steer loader, the line shares many of the same field-proven components and designs as ASV’s long-running line of compact track loaders.
The ASV skid steer loader line includes three sizes: the RS-50 (radial); the RS-60 (radial) and VS-60 (vertical); and the RS-75 (radial) and VS-75 (vertical). The machines share some of the time-proven powertrain, hydraulic and operator station components as their track loader counterparts but are purpose-designed as skid steer loaders for optimum balance and tipping load. They offer a single-speed auxiliary hydraulic system for use with a wide range of attachments. For work in soft underfoot conditions or over obstacles, the RS-50, RS-60 and VS-60 offer more ground clearance than most other skid steers in their class. The ASV machines also have a greater departure angle that enables the units to push up on higher grades without bottoming out. Arm lifting force and breakout force are also higher than most other competitive models, so the machines can dig and carry more material, says ASV. Side-by-side cooling systems help ensure these machines work longer and harder in all applications.
The larger RS-75 and VS-75 offer even more tractive power and performance and share some components with the ASV RT-75 Posi-Track compact track loader. Both models have good breakout and lift arm force ratings plus class-leading operating capacities that make these among the most productive and capable skid steers available, says ASV. Each machine has a 10.5-in. ground clearance, more than 2 in. higher than similarly sized skid steers, notes the company. The machines’ purpose-built chassis also allows for a 24-degree departure angle. This allows contractors to use the ASV units in a wider range of applications. A high-performance cooling package includes side-by-side engine and hydraulic oil coolers that keep the machine operating at full load, even under high ambient temperatures. ASV also offers optional two-speed auxiliary hydraulics.
The RS-75 and VS-75 lead the industry in serviceability, says ASV. The swing-out door and cooling system open quickly to expose the engine, filters and other daily checkpoints for easy maintenance. ASV includes drain plugs on all service items to speed the draining process. Zerk fittings on the end of all pins make greasing easy. Standard metal-face seals ensure the drive hubs don’t require maintenance for the life of the machine.
Advice to Buyers
“When comparing skid steer loaders, watch for a machine that’s designed for straightforward service,” says Buck Storlie, ASV testing and reliability leader. “Look for a rear radiator and oil cooler that swing out for easy maintenance and cleaning. Consider engines that don’t require DPF or DEF as these will feature maintenance-free exhaust systems. Hydraulic pilot controls provide easy diagnosis and maintenance rather than complex electronic control systems.”