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ASV adds new powerful compact track loader 

December 14, 2021 -  By

ASV Holdings, intros a new, powerful compact track loader: the Max-Series RT-135 Forestry Posi-Track loader.

ASV said this new compact track loader features 10 percent more horsepower than the previous titleholder it replaces, ASV’s RT-120. The 12,990-pound RT-135F gives operators the ability to maintain performance while operating high-flow attachments. Outfitted with forestry-rated guarding and safety features, the new machine is ideal for brushcutting, mulching, land clearing and other high-flow applications.

ASV's new Max-Series RT-135 Forestry Posi-Track loader is ideal for brushcutting, mulching, land clearing and other high-flow applications. (Photo: ASV)

ASV’s new Max-Series RT-135 Forestry Posi-Track loader is ideal for brushcutting, mulching, land clearing and other high-flow applications. (Photo: ASV)

“Operators have been clamoring for a Max-Series version of the RT-120, but we’re giving them something even better,” said Buck Storlie, ASV Holdings product manager. “The Max-Series RT-135F is a premium machine right out of the gate. We took all the comforts of the Max-Series and combined them with a machine that’s ready to go to battle. It’s faster, stronger, more productive and is capable of keeping up with the ever-growing list of high-flow attachments used on today’s toughest jobs.”

Power and productivity

The RT-135F features a 132-hp Cummins engine. That, combined with a 50-gpm maximum auxiliary flow and an oversized auxiliary pump capable of 66 gpm, allows the RT-135F to transfer more engine power to the attachment.

Updates include a 52-gallon fuel tank — 22 gallons more than the RT-120.

The RT-135F boasts a 4,150-pound rated operating capacity, 10 mph top speed and 10.4-foot lift height. Also, an optional rear bumper kit extends over the tracks.

Premium in-cab experience

The new machine features the Max-Series lineup’s premium 360-degree visibility. Also included are standard LED lighting, optional side lighting and new taillights.

Operators benefit from a roomier cab, a one-sided lap bar, making exit and entry easier, and customizable seat and arm rests. RT-135F features a highly pressurized, all-weather cab.

A state-of-the-art 7-inch touchscreen display provides vital monitoring tools, displays the view from the backup camera and integrates with service history and schedules. It also allows for service scheduling, job management, passcode operator lockout, idle time tracking and more. Bluetooth radio allows operators to listen to music and take calls wirelessly.

A dual throttle option allows operation at a set RPM with the joystick controls and the ability to increase the RPM with the foot throttle without the need to adjust the dial.

An upgraded drive control system provides smoother, more responsive controls that can be adjusted to speed modes matching the operator’s experience level and preference. Operators can further optimize the machine for their attachment with adjustable high flow and flow sharing options.

Operator safety

The frameless door with 3/4-inch polycarbonate improves visibility over the RT-120. The rugged side panels are manufactured with 1/2-inch polycarbonate. A limb riser is also built in for additional guarding. ASV said the RT-135F meets the same standards as forestry industry including operator protective structure, impact, falling object and rollover ISO standards. The RT-135F includes a roof escape hatch.

Serviceability

ASV said it designed RT-135F to reduce debris ingestion, manufacturing the machine with limited openings and foam seals blocking exposed areas for a cleaner undercarriage and engine compartment. Sealed fuse panels keep vital components clean.

Swing-out door and cooling systems provide access to filters and other daily checkpoints. A larger top hood with a flat screened opening improves over the previous ribbed design for simple cleaning. Tilting belly pans below the machine makes clearing out debris an easy task.

Upgraded undercarriage

The RT-135F’s undercarriage is upgraded for maximum performance under the additional weight. Redesigned torsion axles are 20 precent stronger than their predecessors according to the company. Reinforced wheel hubs and bearings enhance durability.

The RT-135F’s frame includes 15 inches of ground clearance. ASV’s Posi-Track system features a flexible track and an open-rail and internal positive drive-sprocket undercarriage, allowing for more traction, longer wear life and faster, more convenient undercarriage cleaning. The loaders’ large number of ground contact points combine with the RT-135F’s 20-inch-wide tracks to spread the machine’s weight for a 4.6-psi ground pressure. The low ground pressure allows more flotation and traction on steep, slippery and wet ground and enhanced control and pushing capabilities.

 

 

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