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ASV introduces the VT-100 and VT-100 forestry compact track loaders

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The new VT-100 compact track loader is a vertical lift machine that excels in loading and grading applications. (Photo: ASV)
The new VT-100 compact track loader is a vertical lift machine that excels in loading and grading applications. (Photo: ASV)
The new VT-100 compact track loader is a vertical lift machine that excels in loading and grading applications. (Photo: ASV)
The new VT-100 compact track loader is a vertical lift machine that excels in loading and grading applications. (Photo: ASV)

ASV 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 for loading and grading applications in landscaping and construction. The VT-100 Forestry is suited for mulching, right-of-way clearance, site prep and more.

“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,” said Buck Storlie, product manager for the ASV brand.

Power

ASV’s VT-100 and VT-100 Forestry come equipped with a 103.5-horsepower Tier 4 Final Yanmar diesel engine and standard 41 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 a 10,000-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 also feature ASV’s Posi-Track rubber track suspension.

Performance

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.

Self-leveling technology uses dual-direction capabilities to automatically level the load both while raising the loader arms and 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 two-speed 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 feature travel speeds up to 9.3 mph.

Operator experience

ASV said its new models offer comfort and an upgraded operator experience with 360-degree visibility and a 7-inch color display. The display provides monitoring tools, shows the view from the backup camera and integrates with service schedules and history.

A removable roof hatch on both models maximizes safety. The VT-100 Forestry features forestry-rated guarding around the light and radiator as well as a built-in limb riser. Forestry-level operator protective structures include impact falling objects and rollover ISO standards.

The VT-100 and VT-100 Forestry will also include optional remote-control capabilities. The remote is available as a factory or field-install option and allows operators to control the loader from a distance with a harness-mounted control box.

Serviceability

The new ASV loaders come with a 2-year, 2,000-hour warranty. The VT-100 and VT-100 Forestry include three-panel engine access plus a swing-out radiator for simple access to daily check points. The loaders also incorporate Yanmar’s Smartassist telematics system which features a range from error detection and notification to real-time operational status updates and daily work reports. The telematics system also includes integrated theft protection, allowing the machine’s owner to set a range from a specific location and trigger an alert if that range is exceeded.

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