The American Originator of Track Loaders Is Back With Five Models
The venerated ASV brand is back in 2015. As one of the originators of the compact track loader, the brand was bought up by Terex in March of 2008, but now through a divestiture of sorts, ASV is once again manufacturing compact track loaders with yellow, green and black branding. ASV currently has five new compact track loaders in production at its Grand Rapids, Minn., manufacturing facility. These new machines are the first to be offered in the relaunch of the ASV Posi-Track line of compact track loaders.
The first five models to be relaunched under the ASV brand include the RT-30, RT-60, RT-75, RT-110 and RT-100 Forestry — small, medium and large compact track loaders. The RT-30 is the smallest ride-on sub-compact track loader available today. With an operating weight of 3,600 lbs, the RT-30 is only 48 in. wide so it can easily maneuver where large machines cannot. Equipped with a smooth-running and reliable Perkins three-cylinder 32.7-hp diesel engine and producing a mere 3 psi ground pressure, the RT-30 is ready for productive work even on the most fragile surfaces such as landscaping, golf courses and more.
ASV’s new mid-size machine, the RT-60, offers a balance of size, performance and stability to handle tough jobs in a wide range of conditions. It’s based on a time-tested machine platform that has been leading its class of compact track loader for more than 10 years, says ASV. The 6,930-lb RT-60 is powered by a four-cylinder Perkins turbocharged diesel engine that puts out 60 hp and operates with only 3.9-psi ground pressure under its 15-in. wide rubber tracks. It’s ideal for medium to large landscaping jobs, earthmoving and construction projects and anywhere high traction and stability are required.
The RT-110 is the largest of the ASV compact track loaders and rounds out the new Posi-Track product line as the most powerful and productive of the ASV machines. The RT-110 is built for working effectively in tough, demanding conditions. A specially configured RT-110 Forestry is also available, which is based on the standard RT-110 but is equipped for high-production brush cutting and forestry work. The RT-110’s four-cylinder turbocharged Perkins diesel engine puts out a robust 111 hp that easily handles the higher demands of attachments like high-flow brush cutters. It’s an 11,100-lb machine that comes equipped with standard 18-in. wide rubber tracks that exert only 4.3-psi ground pressure for flotation and traction over soft underfoot conditions.
For extreme conditions, you can equip the RT-110 with optional 20-in. wide rubber tracks that increase its ground contact area by more than 11 percent, while also reducing its ground pressure down to only 3.9 psi. The wider tracks are standard equipment on the RT-110 Forestry. Traction and low ground pressure give the ASV RT-110 the ability to work hard in adverse conditions.
Advice to Buyers
“When shopping for a new track loader, look for time-proven engineering and design standards — technologies and options that can help move this industry forward for many years,” says John Wilkinson ASV national sales manager. “Consider undercarriages with features like proprietary rubber track construction, torsion axle suspension between undercarriages and robust machine frames. Also, consider track drive systems that operate with minimal friction and wear, as well as low ground pressure, high ground clearance and overall machine balance.”
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