ASV Holdings has released a new mid-range machine to its RT series of compact track loaders.
The new radial-lift RT-65 Posi-Track compact track loader is ideal for digging and ground engagement work in construction, excavation, landscaping, snow-clearing and rental applications.
“The RT-65 is everything our customers look for in a compact track loader, including industry-leading serviceability, reliability and power,” said Justin Rupar, ASV Holdings Inc. vice president of sales and marketing.
“We built the machine with unmatched ease-of-maintenance features that make operators’ lives easier. The machine also features a robust design and high performance so contractors can get their jobs done faster and with minimal downtime.”
The RT-65 serviceability features include a swing-out radiator, top hood and side doors that allow access to all sides of the engine compartment, including filters and other daily checkpoints. The unit’s cooler swings out with the door, giving operators total access for easy cleaning and improved machine performance due to the cleaner cooler.
To improve the draining process, ASV included drain plugs on all service items, including drive motors, the hydraulic tank, radiator and the engine oil pan. The plugs are within reach and do not require the operator to remove the tracks to reach them. The RT-65 features easy-to-access spin-on, frame-mounted filters for single-wrench service, rather than hose-clamp-mounted filters. As well, zerk fittings on the end of all pins simplify greasing.
In addition, the machine features a direct-drive pump, eliminating the labour-intensive belt servicing that comes with belt-driven pumps.
Steel sprocket rollers
The RT-65 also includes steel sprocket rollers that are replaceable individually, saving both time and cost compared to other machines that may require replacement of the entire sprocket.
The RT-65 is equipped with a turbocharged 67-hp Deutz 2.2-litre diesel engine, which produces 184 foot-pounds of torque that the drive motors transfer to ASV’s patented internal-drive sprockets. Internal rollers reduce friction loss in the undercarriage, resulting in maximum power being transferred to the track regardless of drive speed. The Tier 4 Final engine requires no regeneration, exhaust sensors or diesel exhaust fluid.
ASV built the RT-65’s auxiliary hydraulic system with 3,300 psi of auxiliary pressure and 84 litres per minute standard flow.
The company also offers an optional 103 litre per minute high-flow system for more demanding attachments, such as trenchers, milling attachments, landscape rakes and augers.
The hydraulic system features large line sizes, hydraulic coolers and direct-drive pumps, transferring more flow and pressure directly to the attachment.
The direct-drive pumps optimize performance over belt-driven pump systems, allowing the machine to efficiently run attachments.
The RT-65 features a rated operating capacity of 873 kg and a tipping load of 2,495 kg. It is 1.67 metres wide and has a 3 metre lift height. Standard joystick controls make operation easy and intuitive, while a self-levelling system allows attachments to stay at a set position while lifting. Operators can use the unit with all standard attachments.
ASV manufactures its loaders with its patented Posi-Track undercarriage. The system allows customers to use the RT-65 as an all-season, all-weather machine with maximum control, flotation, traction and pushing power in steep, wet, muddy and slippery conditions. The system features a flexible rubber track with internal positive drive sprockets to provide superior traction and track life.
The open-rail and drive-sprocket design results in increased sprocket and bogie 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. In addition, the RT-65 contains 12 contact points per track and 38-cm-wide tracks, equalling a ground pressure of 4.3 psi.
The RT-65’s many contact points and guide lugs also virtually eliminate the risk of track derailment.
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The dedicated frame for the RT-65 results in a 32-cm ground clearance. This allows the unit to travel over logs, stumps, rocks and other obstructions with less risk of getting hung up. The purpose-built chassis also provides a 37-degree departure angle, decreasing the risk of the machine getting stuck when starting to climb a steep hill.
The Posi-Track system also contributes to operator comfort. The RT-65 features a suspension system made up of two independent torsion axles per undercarriage, allowing for a smooth ride over every type of terrain and speeds as fast as 18 km per hour.
ASV customers can choose from several options to further improve the RT-65’s comfort and performance. Optional 41-cm-wide extreme terrain tracks lower the machine’s ground pressure to 3.9 psi while a smooth turf track allows minimal risk of damage during operation on highly manicured surfaces.