An American Pioneer of Compact Track Loaders Offers Nine Models
The ASV brand dates to 1983, when the company unveiled the Track Truck — one of the first rubber-tracked work vehicles. The company’s first rubber-tracked loader, the MD-70 Posi-Track, debuted in 1990. Over the years, the Posi-Track line continued to grow to meet the needs of landscaping, construction, agriculture and forestry contractors. Today, the ASV product line consists of nine compact track loader models. Of these nine, its top four models include the RT-40 (radial), VT-70 (vertical), RT-75 (radial) and RT-120 (radial). One of the smallest and newest ASV track loaders is the RT-40, which is a compact sit-in track loader. ASV says the 48.3-in.-wide unit has the industry’s lowest ground pressure of 3.5 psi.
The VT-70 is ASV’s mid-frame, vertical-lift compact track loader. The unit’s vertical-lift loader linkage suits applications requiring extended reach and level loads, such as loading pallets and handling hay bales, as well as heavy digging. Powered by a 65-hp Kubota engine, the VT-70 offers optimal serviceability features. These include a swing-out radiator, top hood and side doors that allow access to all sides of the engine compartment, including filters and other daily checkpoints. The unit’s cooler swings out with the door, giving operators total access for easy cleaning and improved machine performance due to the cleaner cooler. To speed the draining process, ASV includes convenient drain plugs on all service items, including drive motors, the hydraulic tank, the radiator and the engine oil pan. Zerk fittings on the end of all pins make greasing easy. In addition, the machine features a direct-drive pump, eliminating the labor-intensive belt servicing that comes with belt-driven pumps. The 23-gpm standard flow and 28.4-gpm high flow allow the VT-70 to run heavier attachments longer. The machine has a 10.5-ft lift height and a 2,328-lb rated operating capacity.
The RT-75, which is powered by a Cummins 75-hp, 2.8-liter diesel engine, is a fast-moving, mid-sized track loader. It comes standard with 18-in.-wide tracks but can also be outfitted with 20-in.-wide tracks. The RT-75 has a 3.6-psi ground pressure and 14.4-in. ground clearance. It is 70 in. wide and has a 126-in. lift height. The machine features a rated operating capacity of 2,650 lbs and a tipping load of 7,571 lbs. ASV designed the track loader with a state-of-the-art, 3,300-psi hydraulic system that operates at 100 percent capacity even in high ambient temperatures, with 35.7 gpm of high flow. The RT-75 also is available in a heavy-duty customization package that includes guarding around areas such as lights, the AC condenser and the rear screen.
ASV’s largest model, the RT-120, boasts a 120-hp Cummins engine and an industry-leading 45-gpm high flow, says the company. The unit runs on 18-in.-wide rubber tracks or optional 20-in.-wide tracks. A special RT-120 Forestry configuration comes outfitted with the wider tracks, heavy-duty guarding and an upgraded engine and hydraulic cooling package.
Advice to Buyers
“Remember that suspension systems are good for more than just operator comfort. Advanced suspension systems minimize bucket material loss, lower component wear from the shock of going over bumps and improve speed over rough terrain,” says Buck Storlie, ASV testing and reliability leader. “Look for a dual-level suspension, featuring independent torsion axles and bogie wheels that flex with the track. This provides better performance, higher productivity and a happier operator.”