ASV introduces Max Series loaders, skid steers


CUTLINE: The VT-70 High-Output is part of ASV Holdings new MAX-Series loaders. (Photo: ASV Holding)
The VT-70 High-Output is part of ASV Holdings’ new Max Series loaders. (Photo: ASV Holdings)

ASV Holdings released its Max Series loaders. The loaders include a next-generation cab featuring 360-degree visibility, a more spacious operator area, a fully adjustable seat, a new state of the art touch-screen display and more. The series gets its name for providing maximum comfort, control, performance, speed and productivity to provide maximum ROI.

The Max Series loaders feature quality hydraulic performance, cooling capability, undercarriage technology, reliability and serviceability. The initial models include the RT-65, VT-70 High Output, RT-75 and RT-75 Heavy-Duty Max Series Posi-Track loaders, which will replace the machines with the same model number.

“We have always had a focus on manufacturing high-performance machines,” said Buck Storlie, ASV product line manager. “Now, in addition to offering the highest-performing equipment on the market, we’re leading in operator comfort and experience. We know how closely comfort and profits are related. More comfort means higher quality work and improved productivity. A comfortable cab can also improve employee retention by keeping the best operators in your equipment.”

The Max Series comes with a new fully suspended seat, featuring adjustable recline, slide, weight and four-way armrest settings. A new one-sided lap bar frees space around the operator’s waist and also makes entry and exit easier. Contractors will also have more breathing room and the ability to stretch due to a roomier cab, including up to 2 more inches width at the shoulders, 8 inches wider at the knees and up to 4.5 inches more foot room. The cab also features Bluetooth radio, improved speakers and speaker placement, and a new antenna placement for a better signal.

The Max Series also offers an optional highly pressurized, all-weather cab. Heat and cold levels are further maintained with an updated HVAC system, allowing for better circulation and improved defrosting capabilities.

The new cab provides maximum visibility, featuring floor to ceiling glass area made possible by all clear sides and a frameless door. This gives the operator 52 percent more glass area in the optional enclosed cab compared to previous ASV models. Visibility is further improved with standard LED lighting and optional side lighting.

An optional new, state-of-the-art 7-inch touch-screen display is also available. The simple-to-use screen includes all vital monitoring tools, provides a view of the backup camera and integrates with service history and schedules, such as engine oil changes and other maintenance needs. Passcode operator lockout is also available.

In addition to the display, operators will see more ease of use as a result of improved, intuitive switch locations and operator controls. Control is further enhanced with a new dual throttle option, allowing contractors to operate at a set RPM with joystick controls and increase the RPM with the foot throttle without needing to adjust the dial. The cab comes with new wiring harnesses and fuse panels that are fully sealed, watertight and are installed with a design that further protects the electronics.

The new standard cab platform also brings the ability to add heavy-duty guarding to other Max Series machines. The configuration includes metal guarding against brush and debris around key areas, such as lights, the AC condenser and rear screen. Operators can also choose to include a factory-installed full rear brush guard, as well as a heavy-gauge, falling object protective structure (FOPS) level 2 cab.

The machines include a compact loader roof escape hatch, allowing operators to get out quickly in emergency situations. Models also include rollover protection (ROPS) and reinforced windows for impact resistance.

ASV purpose-builds its Posi-Track loaders from the ground up to include the company’s patented rubber track system. Posi-Track loaders maximize ground contact, virtually eliminating track derailment and facilitating maximum performance on steep slopes. The high number of contact points and wide tracks also provide low ground pressures. In addition, all models have superior ground clearance, allowing the machines to work in more places, in a wider range of conditions and more comfortably.

ASV Posi-Track loaders feature hydraulic and cooling efficiencies. Drive motors transfer torque to the patented internal-drive sprockets and internal rollers reduce friction loss in the undercarriage, allowing for maximum performance. In addition, all machines include large line sizes, hydraulic coolers and direct-drive pumps — rather than belt-driven pumps — transferring more flow and pressure directly to the attachment and preventing power loss. ASV’s advanced cooling system helps contractors operate Max Series machines at 100 percent load, 100 percent of the time in ambient temperatures up to 118 F.

The Max Series is backed with ASV’s 2-year/2,000-hour warranty. The warranty covers tracks for the entire period and includes a no-derailment guarantee.

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