ASV enters new size class with the RT-50


ASV has developed the new RT-50 to complete its lineup of compact track loaders. 

The RT-50 positions itself between ASV’s RT-40 and RT-65, and will be available for purchase next spring.

The nimble machine is designed for rental houses, commercial businesses, weekend warriors or as an addition to landscape, construction or snow-clearing  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. 

“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 gives operators power in tight areas that larger machines can’t access. The track loader boasts a 635 kg-rated operating capacity. As well, the loader’s trailer weight makes it easily towable by a half-ton pick-up truck or SUV. Its narrow width also allows it to fit into small trailers.

Direct-drive pumps

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

ASV has designed the RT-50 with features to optimize productivity and quality of work. The machine’s high pin height gives it the ability to load landscape trucks and small dump trucks. 

As well, its wide tracks and even weight distribution from the large number of contact points within the Posi-Track undercarriage allows for class-leading ground pressure. 

This, combined with optional smooth turf tracks, minimizes risks of turf damage. Plus, ASV builds the RT-50 with best-in-class ground clearance. This allows the unit to operate on more sites, easily travelling over logs, stumps and rocks with less risk of getting hung up. 

All-season use

The RT-50’s innovative 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. 

The RT-50’s purpose-built chassis provides even weight distribution, decreasing the risk of the machine getting stuck. 

The RT-50 features a torsion axle suspension system that allows for a smoother ride over rough terrain, meaning less fatigue for operators. Standard joystick controls make operation easy and intuitive. 

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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 allows for year-round comfort. 

For serviceability, a large rear-tilting hood gives easy access to all maintenance points. 

Furthermore, a flexible rubber track with internal positive drive sprockets provides improved traction and 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