ASV has introduced a re-powered RT-40 Posi-Track loader with a Yanmar engine.
According to the company, the 38.2-horsepower engine improves serviceability for machine owners by allowing them to have the Yanmar engine serviced at ASV dealers.
So, ASV believes the increased power and the convenience of its serviceability add to the appeal of the RT-40 as a more productive, safer option when compared to walk-behind and stand-on loaders.
Additionally, the small-frame RT-40 aims to improve comfort, visibility and performance over its predecessor.
The company claims that it is a leading performer in applications that require work in tight spaces, including urban snow clearing and landscaping. This would make it an ideal rental product for homeowners, rental fleets and contractors.
“With the Yanmar-powered RT-40, we are doubling down on the machine’s performance, reliability and comfort, as well as making it easier for our customers to service the engine at ASV dealers,” said Buck Storlie, ASV Holdings Inc. product manager. “The RT-40 is already a staple due to its ability to bring more power and productivity to limited-space work that may otherwise have required a fence removal or needed to be done by hand.”
Power & productivity
The repowered RT-40 includes a more powerful new 38.2-horsepower Tier 4, 3-cylinder Yanmar engine. The compact track loader features a 48.3-inch width, an 8.4-foot lift height, a 931-rated operating capacity and a 7.1 mph top speed.
Also, the machine boasts high tractive effort, and powerful pushing and digging power, thanks to ASV’s Posi-Power system.
The RT-40’s quick attach fits a variety of attachments and works with an optional adaptor plate for full-sized or walk-behind/stand-on loader attachments. An idler wheels full-metal-face seal package increases the ROC to 1,008 pounds.
In addition, the loader’s compact size allows it to be conveniently towed behind a 1/2-ton pickup truck.
The RT-40 comes standard with variable auxiliary hydraulic flow and can operate efficiently at a high auxiliary circuit flow rate, powered by 13.3-gpm of pump capacity and 3,000 psi of system pressure. Labor-intensive belt servicing is eliminated thanks to ASV’s signature use of a direct drive pump.
This, along with the machine’s large line sizes and hydraulic coolers, transfer more flow and pressure directly to the attachment to help prevent power loss.
An efficient cooling system allows operators to get more out of their machine.
The RT-40 is tested to operate at full load 100% of the time in ambient temperatures from -40 up to 118 F.
Serviceability & reliability
Customers can take advantage of ASV’s network of dealers as the RT-40’s Yanmar engine can be serviced at these locations.
Additionally, the machine is designed so operators can spend less time servicing it and more time productively on the jobsite. Its rear-tilting hood offers easy access to maintenance points, including filters, oil and fuel tank reservoirs, hydraulic and water separator drains and the battery.
The loader is built with a heavy-duty frame, drive table and axles. It features new wiring harness routing for additional durability.
In addition, the drive hose routing and chassis sealing are designed for reduced rubbing, fewer line breaks and boosted hose longevity. Metal-face seals on the front and back ensure the drive hubs do not require maintenance for the life of the machine.
An optional bumper or bumper and limb riser can help protect the machine in tough applications, such as rental applications.
ASV’s Posi-Track loaders come with a 2-year, 2,000-hour warranty. This warranty includes the industry’s first and only no-derailment guarantee and covers the tracks for the entire warranty period.
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Comfort and ease of operation
ASV focussed on enhancing the comfort of the RT-40’s compact cab. The company claims that entry and exit is easier and operators have more hip room due to the new single-sided lap bar—similar to that on the larger MAX-Series models.
Also, partially adjustable armrests and a tall cab improves comfort for operators of different sizes.
The cab is pressurized, resulting in a cleaner in-cab environment. Optional all-weather or cold weather cabs include heat and air conditioning.
Also, ASV offers additional comfort features, including a cup holder, phone mount and DC outlet.
According to ASV, the RT-40 offers a safer and more productive alternative to similar-sized walk-behind and stand-on skid-steer loaders. Its cab features rollover and falling object protection, sheltering operators from outside elements with available enclosed configurations, and eliminating the fatigue that comes with standing.
Intuitiveness is improved by a new 4.3-inch color display and standard hydraulic joystick controls that puts full control of the machine at the operator’s fingertips.
Additionally, a new drive transmission allows for more precise control and fine-tuned operation.
Also, the machine includes visibility improvements over its predecessor. A new frameless front door includes floor-to-ceiling glass area, allowing operators to better see their work and attachments.
The cab’s large side and rear windows provide additional lines of sight. This is further improved by the bright rear LED light and adjustable front pedestal lighting. An optional backup camera is available to replace the standard rear-view mirror for additional convenience and visibility.
While many compact track loader designs use the same chassis for their compact track loaders as their skid steers, ASV designs its patented Posi-Track and skid-steer loaders independently to provide customers with the highest performance from each machine.
The RT-40’s dedicated frame results in a 10.8-inch ground clearance, higher than any walk-behind or stand-on loader, as well as many larger machines. The unit can easily travel over rocks, logs, stumps and other obstacles with less risk of getting hung up.
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.
Also, Posi-Track loaders have a large number of ground contact points, spreading the machine’s weight evenly. As a result, the RT-40 features an industry-low 3.5 psi ground pressure, reducing the risk of damage to turf.
Optional smooth turf tracks minimize the risk of damage underfoot even further. The low ground pressure also translates to more flotation and traction on steep, slippery and wet ground, and enhanced control and pushing capabilities. The wide, flexible track maintains more contact with the ground than other designs, helping to virtually eliminate the risk of track derailment.