Two Skid Steers from the Seasoned Track Loader Maker
ASV introduced its line of skid steer loaders in 2011. The company is quick to note that each model was designed from the ground up as a skid steer loader yet shares many of the same field-proven components and designs as ASV’s long-running line of compact track loaders (ASV being the first American track loader maker).
The ASV skid steer loader line includes the RS-75 (radial) and VS-75 (vertical). The machines share some of the proven powertrain, hydraulic and operator station components as their track loader counterparts but are purpose-designed as skid steer loaders for optimal balance and tipping load. They offer a single-speed auxiliary hydraulic system for use with a wide range of attachments. Each machine has a 10.5-in. ground clearance, more than 2 in. higher than similarly sized skid steers, notes the company. The RS-75 and VS-75’s purpose-built chassis also allows for a 24 degree departure angle that enables the units to push up on higher grades without bottoming out.
The models feature high 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. 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. ASV notes that the RS-75 and VS-75 have easy serviceability. The swing-out door and cooling system open quickly to expose the engine, filters and other daily checkpoints for easy maintenance. Drain plugs are included on all service items to speed the draining process. Zerk fittings on the end of all pins make greasing easy, and standard metal-face seals ensure the drive hubs don’t require maintenance for the life of the machine.
The VS-75 features a rated operating capacity of 3,500 lbs and a tipping load of 7,000 lbs while the RS-75 has an ROC of 2,600 lbs and a tipping load of 5,200 lbs. Both machines are 72 in. wide, and the RS-75 has a 10.4-ft lift height while the VS-75 has a 10.8-ft lift height. Standard reversible wheels narrow the machines to 66 in. for improved mobility in tight spaces. In addition, ASV manufactures the machines to be over-the-tire track ready.
Standard hydraulic joystick controls make operation easy and intuitive. The quick-attach on both the RS-75 and VS-75 suits a variety of available attachments. An optional all-weather cab not only includes heat and air conditioning but also is pressurized for a clean operator environment. The ASV RS-75 and VS-75 skid steer loaders include one-year warranty coverage for the full machines and a three-year/3,000-hour powertrain and hydraulic system warranty as well. For more information, be sure to visit your local ASV dealer and test drive a unit or two.
Advice to Buyers
“Buyers should be on the lookout for a skid steer that allows them to get to work faster, with less time spent on maintenance,” says Buck Storlie, ASV product line manager. “Check that the machine has a rear swing radiator and oil cooler for the easiest service and cleaning. For more time savings, look for an engine that doesn’t require DPF or DEF, as these feature maintenance-free exhaust systems. Also know that hydraulic pilot controls provide easy diagnosis and maintenance as opposed to complex electronic control systems.”