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ASV rolls out new compact track loader

September 10, 2019 -  By
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The RT-50 Posi-Track loader is lightweight and maneuverable. Photo: ASV

ASV Holdings introduced the new compact RT-50 Posi-Track loader.

The RT-50 positions itself between the RT-40 and RT-65, completing ASV’s lineup and allowing operators to do more in more places, according to the company. The track loader includes high ground pressure, ground clearance, serviceability and performance. The machine features serious performance for its weight and easy transportability, making it a solution for landscape, construction or snow-clearing contractors’ fleets.

“The new RT-50 fits into a size class our customers were asking for,” said Justin Rupar, ASV Holdings vice president of sales and marketing. “We’re excited to offer the machine as an extremely versatile compact track loader for its class. The RT-50’s size and capabilities will make it very attractive to both existing and new ASV customers. It offers exceptional value to a wide range of industries due to its groundbreaking design and performance features, allowing operators to complete tasks in places other machines aren’t able to.”

The RT-50 features a greater performance-to-weight ratio. The track loader boasts a 1,400-pound rated operating capacity. ASV built the RT-50 for maximum ease of transport. The lightweight unit’s low trailer weight makes it towable by a half-ton pickup truck or SUV. Its narrow width allows it to fit into small trailers.

The hydraulic system features direct-drive pumps, large line sizes and hydraulic coolers, transferring more flow and pressure directly to the attachment with maximum efficiency. Drive motors transfer the machine’s torque to ASV’s patented internal-drive sprockets. The internal rollers reduce friction loss in the undercarriage, transferring maximum power to the track regardless of drive speed.

The machine’s high pin height gives it the ability to load landscape trucks and small dump trucks. Its wide tracks and even weight distribution from the large number of contact points within the patented Posi-Track undercarriage allow for high ground pressure. This, combined with optional smooth turf tracks, minimizes risks of turf damage. The RT-50’s high ground clearance allows the unit to operate on more sites, easily traveling over logs, stumps, rocks and other obstructions with less risk of getting hung up. Its width also means ease of use in tight areas other loaders can’t reach, such as sweeping or plowing snow on sidewalks or working in narrow home developments.

The RT-50’s undercarriage allows customers to use the machine as an all-terrain, all-season piece of equipment with maximum control, flotation, traction and pushing power in steep, wet, muddy and slippery conditions. Numerous contact points and guide lugs also virtually eliminate the risk of track derailment.

ASV engineers design Posi-Track loader frames separately from skid-steer designs for maximum performance from each machine. The RT-50’s purpose-built chassis provides even weight distribution, decreasing the risk of the machine getting stuck.

The patented Posi-Track undercarriage improves operator comfort. The RT-50 features a torsion axle suspension system that allows for a smoother ride over rough terrain, meaning less fatigue for operators spending a long day in the cab. Standard joystick controls make operation easy and intuitive.

For additional comfort, ASV offers an optional suspended seat. An optional a cold-weather cab with heater or pressurized all-weather cab with heat and air conditioning allow for year-round comfort while working in extreme temperatures.

The RT-50 includes features a large rear-tilting hood gives easy access to all maintenance points. A flexible rubber track with internal positive drive sprockets provides traction and increases track life. The open-rail and drive-sprocket design results in increased sprocket and bogie wheel life along with easier and faster undercarriage cleaning. All of the wheels are exposed in the undercarriage, allowing material to spill out, reducing the risk of abrasive material getting trapped and wearing away at components.

ASV builds its loaders with standard metal-face seals on the to ensure the idler wheel hubs don’t require maintenance for the life of the machine. Individually replaceable steel sprocket rollers within the undercarriage save both time and money.

The RT-50 will be available for purchase in spring 2020.

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