Gehl has launched the new RT185 track loader, an 840 kg capacity machine and the fourth loader in the company’s Pilot Series lineup.
The Gehl RT185 joins the RT165, RT215 and VT320, bringing the Gehl Pilot Series line up to four pilot-controlled track loader models for North America.
“Gehl track loader operators will have an all-new experience with our Pilot Series models,” said Nathan Ryan, global product line manager for track loaders at the Manitou Group. “These track loaders have pilot-operated joystick controls that are highly responsive and easy to use, which gives the operator unbeatable control at any speed.”
The Gehl RT185 track loader is equipped with a hydraulic pilot control joystick that provides true one-to-one proportional control over the drive system.
As well, the cab is redesigned, allowing the joystick to be mounted to the seat, which adds more legroom and minimizes arm fatigue during operation. A custom-designed undercarriage provides even weight distribution to enhanced stability, grading, tractive effort and ride control.
The Gehl RT185 Pilot Series track loader is powered with a 69.9 hp engine and two-speed hydrostatic drive system. The machine is able to lift up to 2.1 metres and, at 35 per cent rated operating capacity, can carry 840 kg of material. To tackle any jobsite condition, the machine boasts 32 cm of ground clearance.
The RT185 Pilot Series track loader features Gehl’s industry exclusive IdealTrax automatic track tensioning system and HydraGlide ride control.
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According to Gehl, IdealTrax reduces maintenance and track replacement costs throughout the life of the machine by ensuring proper tension on the tracks upon engine start up and operation.
By eliminating over-tensioning and releasing track tension when the engine is turned off, track life is extended by up to 15 per cent and less strain is felt on the sprockets and bearings. IdealTrax eliminates the need for manually tensioning the tracks and makes changes in the field quick and simple.
As well, Gehl’s HydraGlide system allows the lift arm to float when transporting loads, minimizing loss of material while providing a smoother ride. Additional self-levelling lift action keeps the attachment level as the lift arm is raised and lowered.
The Gehl RT185 Pilot Series track loader is able to be fitted with a variety of attachments with a skid-attach plate and Gehl’s All-Tach attachment mounting system. An optional Power-A-Tach system allows the operator to engage and disengage an attachment without leaving the operator station.
High-flow auxiliary hydraulics are also an available option, providing hydraulic flows up to 141 litres per minute.
Additional optional features for the Gehl RT185 include a fully integrated rear view back up camera and a fold-up door that allows the operator to work with the door open or closed, even when using a large attachment.