The ASV RS-75 and VS-75 promise best-in-class clearance

ASV skid steer
ASV designs the frame for its Posi-Track and skid-steer lines independently to provide customers with high performance.

ASV Holdings is promising that its radial-lift RS-75 and vertical-lift VS-75 skid-steer loaders won’t be slowed down by obstacles in its path.

ASV builds the RS-75 and VS-75 with unique, dedicated skid-steer frames. ASV designs the frame for its Posi-Track and skid-steer lines independently to provide customers with high performance. The result for the RS-75 and VS-75 is a 266-mm ground clearance, more than 50 mm higher than any machine in their class, according to ASV.

This allows the machines to easily travel over obstructions such as logs, stumps and rocks with less risk of getting hung up. The purpose-built chassis also allows for a 24-degree departure angle, decreasing the risk of the machines getting stuck when starting to climb a steep hill.

“The RS-75 and VS-75 reflect our mission of producing equipment that makes our customers’ lives easier with industry-leading performance,” said Jim DiBiagio, ASV’s chief operating officer. “The machines’ productivity-boosting qualities, easy serviceability and overall longevity assure a fast ROI.”

For serviceability, the swing-out door and cooling system open quickly to expose the engine, filters and other daily checkpoints for easy maintenance. ASV includes drain plugs on all service items, including chain cases, the hydraulic tank, the radiator and the engine oil pan, to speed up the draining process.

Zerk fittings on the end of all pins are included to make greasing easy. Standard metal-face seals ensure the drive hubs don’t require maintenance for the life of the machine. As well, the RS-75 and VS-75 feature a direct-drive pump, eliminating the labour-intensive belt servicing that comes with belt-driven pumps.

All of these features equal less downtime spent servicing the machine and more time operating it, according to ASV.

The high speed of the RS-75 and VS-75 — as fast as 18 km/h when equipped with optional two-speed drive — allow for fast and easy travel uphill or downhill as well as over rough, uneven and wet terrain. To achieve these speeds, ASV designed the machines with efficient hydraulics, optimal cooling capacity and high-quality drive system components.

Both models feature an industrial 74 hp diesel engine. The naturally aspirated 2.9-litre displacement engine produces 192 foot-pounds of torque. The Tier 4 Final engine requires no regeneration, exhaust sensors or diesel exhaust fluid.

ASV designed the skid steers’ auxiliary hydraulic systems to operate efficiently with optional 117 litres per minute high-flow pump capacity and 3,335 psi system pressure. The machines include large line sizes, hydraulic coolers and direct-drive pumps, transferring more flow and pressure directly to the attachment and preventing power loss.

This design optimizes performance so operators can run attachments more efficiently than with higher-horsepower units. In addition, the ASV models’ skid-steer-focused design provides optimal weight distribution, reducing tire wear while maximizing lifting capacity.

The VS-75 features a rated operating capacity of 1,587 kg and a tipping load of 3,175 kg while the RS-75 has a ROC of 1,180 kg and a tipping load of 2,359 kg. Both machines are 183 cm wide, and the RS-75 has a 3.16 metre lift height while the VS-75 has a 3.29 metre lift height. Standard reversible wheels narrow the machines to 168 cm for improved mobility. In addition, ASV manufactures the machines to be over-the-tire track ready.

Standard hydraulic joystick controls simplify operation of the machines. The RS-75 and VS-75 feature industry-standard quick-attach to accommodate all conventional attachments.

An optional all-weather cab not only includes heat and air-conditioning, but also is pressurized for a clean operator environment.