Pioneer of America’s Original Compact Track Loader Offers Nine Models
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The ASV brand dates back to 1983 when the company unveiled the Track Truck — one of the first rubber-tracked work vehicles. The company’s first commercial rubber-tracked loader, the MD-70 Posi-Track, debuted in 1990. Today, the ASV product line consists of nine compact track loader models and two skid steer loaders, ranging from the smallest sit-in compact track loaders in the industry to the most powerful. In 2020, ASV introduced the Max-Series line, which now includes compact track loaders and skid steers featuring a premium operator experience.
The lineup includes the RT-65 (radial), VT-70 High Output (vertical), RT-75 (radial) and RT-75 Heavy Duty (radial) compact track loaders and the RS-75 (radial) and VS-75 (vertical) skid steers. The machines provide premium 360-degree visibility, featuring a floor-to-ceiling visibility area made possible by all clear sides and a frameless door. This gives the operator 52 percent more clear area in the optional enclosed cab compared to previous ASV models.
Operators can work in comfort with the optional fully suspended, fully adjustable seat. A roomier cab includes up to 2 in. more width at the shoulders, 8 in. more width at the knees and up to 4.5 in. more foot room. The cab also features available Bluetooth radio, improved speakers and an optional 7-in. touchscreen display. Additionally, the Max-Series includes standard LED lighting and the industry’s first compact loader roof escape hatch.
ASV’s RT-25 (radial), RT-40 (radial) and RT-50 (radial) are the industry’s smallest sit-in compact track loaders, ideal for a wide range of users, including private landowners, landscapers, rental houses and utility contractors. Featuring operating weights between 3,755 and 5,350 lbs, rated operating capacities between 665 and 1,400 lbs and ground pressures as low as 3.1 psi, the loaders are productive alternatives to stand-on and walk-behind loaders and feature the comfort and protection of a cab.
ASV’s mid-range size class of compact track loaders includes the RT-65, VT-70 High Output, RT-75 and RT-75 Heavy Duty. The machines feature rated operating capacities from 1,925 to 2,800 lbs and offer optimal serviceability features, with the RT-65 and VT-70 High Output featuring swing-out radiator, top hood and side doors to allow access to all sides of the engine compartment. ASV’s largest model, the new RT-135 (radial), boasts a 132-gross-hp Cummins engine and an industry-leading 50-gpm high flow, also available in the fully guarded and equipped RT-135 Forestry. That unit runs on 20-in.-wide rubber tracks.
Advice to Buyers
“Anyone who has operated compact equipment knows that the more visibility you have, the better,” says Buck Storlie, product manager for the ASV brand. “Look for equipment designed to minimize obstructions to the view in the front, sides and rear to improve safety and overall productivity on the jobsite.”Tags: July August 2022 Print Issue, Spec Guide, Spec Guide 2022