Let’s Take a Long Look at ASV’s New VT-100 and VT-100 Forestry Compact Track Loaders

ASV, an industry-leading manufacturer of all-purpose and all-season compact track loaders and skid steers, introduces the VT-100 and VT-100 Forestry Posi-Track compact track loaders. The new VT-100 compact track loader is a vertical lift machine that excels in loading and grading applications in landscaping and construction. The VT-100 Forestry is suited for mulching, right-of-way clearance, site prep and more. The models include elevated comfort, visibility and performance features, allowing them to stand out as top compact track loaders in their class. ASV introduced the VT-100 at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023 a couple of weeks ago.

“The introduction of these two new loaders reinforces our reputation as a compact track loader specialist,” said Buck Storlie, product manager for the ASV brand. “They are the perfect option for those looking for a little more power than the RT-75 without having to go to the heavy hitter of all CTLs — the RT-135. The lifting capabilities, pushing power and hydraulic flow of the new VT-100 and VT-100 Forestry is sure to impress.”

Power

ASV’s VT-100 and VT-100 Forestry come equipped with a 103.5 horsepower Tier 4 Final Yanmar diesel engine and standard 40 gpm high flow. The loaders’ large line sizes, hydraulic coolers and direct-drive pumps transfer more flow and pressure directly to the attachment and reduce power loss. The VT-100 features a 3,500-pound rated operating capacity and 10,286-pound tipping load while the VT-100 Forestry includes a 3,700-pound rated operating capacity and a 10,571-pound tipping load.

The models feature ASV’s patented Posi-Track rubber track suspension. Well known for its smooth ride, the dual-level suspension of the VT-100 and VT-100 Forestry features both suspended wheels and axles, allowing it to manage every type of terrain and at faster speeds. The suspended wheels and fully flexible track conform to the ground, assuring maximum ground contact and traction.

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Performance

The new models include several optional efficiency-enhancing features to improve the operator experience and overall productivity. These intuitive features help improve productivity on the jobsite and level out the learning curve for new operators to expedite the training process.

The load-sensing system offers both improved efficiency and fuel savings. The system regulates the 40-gpm hydraulic pump, so it only produces what’s necessary to complete the work rather than using maximum flow all the time.

The work-tool positioner allows operators to create a preset for the angle of the attachment based on the task at hand, allowing return to position at the push of a button. Similarly, return-to-position technology complements the work tool positioner by allowing operators to set a designated height for the loader arms. The features can be paired together or used independently to adjust to the needs of the jobsite.

Operators can move material more quickly with less loss with the VT-100 and VT-100 Forestry’s self-leveling and ride-control features. Self-leveling technology uses dual-direction capabilities to automatically level the load both while raising the loader arms and — unlike many other CTLs — while lowering them. Speed-sensitive ride control offers operators the convenience of enhanced material retention at higher speeds without needing to actively switch the feature off while switching to more slow-moving applications, such as grading.

Auto 2-speed rounds out the efficiency-enhancing features for the new models. The feature allows the compact track loader to shift automatically between low and high-speed modes. This creates a more seamless transition between the two modes, providing operators improved control while working in tight places, grading or in other applications that require finite control.

Additionally, the compact track loaders boost jobsite productivity with travel speeds up to 9.3 mph. A low 4.0 psi ground pressure from both models allows smooth performance on sensitive, unstable surfaces. 

Comfort & Operator Experience

The new models prioritize comfort and operator experience with premium 360-degree visibility and a state-of-the-art 7-inch color display for improved convenience on the jobsite. The vibrant color display provides vital monitoring tools, shows the view from the backup camera, and integrates with service schedules and history for added convenience. Operators can work longer days in comfort with a standard fully adjustable suspended seat. The smooth ride allowed by ASV’s Posi-Track undercarriage contributes to more comfort on bumpy terrain.

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