Yanmar enters the compact track loader market

A Yanmar CTL picks up a load of dirt
The TL100VS will be the first Yanmar CTL produced.

Yanmar Compact Equipment is now a comprehensive compact equipment provider following the introduction of its new line of compact track loaders. 

Making their debut at ConExpo, the TL65RS, TL75VS, TL80VS and TL100VS compact track loaders are construction-grade machines ranging from 67 to 103.5 hp.

The new line of CTLs joins Yanmar’s compact equipment lineup that includes mini excavators, compact wheel loaders and tracked carriers. 

“We’re a one-stop shop now for Yanmar customers. This really rounds out our compact equipment portfolio,” said Tate Johnson, President of Yanmar Compact Equipment North America. 

The operator experience is a key focus of the machines with 360-degree visibility and a standard suspended seat for more comfort. A removable roof hatch escape offers an optimized safety feature for operators. 

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The four CTLs also include several optional efficiency-enhancing features to improve operator experience and productivity. These include a work tool positioner, return-to-position technology, self-levelling, ride control and auto two-speed capabilities. 

The four CTLs are powered by Yanmar Tier 4 Final engines. 

CTL tech 

The loaders incorporate Yanmar’s optional SmartAssist telematics from the company’s mini excavator line. The telematics system features error detection and notification as well as real-time operational status updates and daily work reports. SmartAssist also includes integrated theft protection, allowing owners to set a range from a specific location and trigger an alert if that range is exceeded.

An 18-cm colour touchscreen display is standard on each of the new compact track loaders. 

Production of the TL100VS will start this spring, while the other three machines will begin production in late 2023. 

Yanmar and ASV

The new CTL line follows the announcement that Yanmar CE and ASV finalized its status as a single legal entity. The two brands have operated as Yanmar Compact Equipment North America (YCENA) since July 2020. The acquisition of ASV provided Yanmar with its first production capabilities in North America.   

The alignment as one single entity will allow a wider range of compact equipment offerings long-term and a single route for dealers to do business with YCENA. 

“We’re one consolidated team taking the best of legacy Yanmar and legacy ASV,” Johnston said. “It gives us a singular organization that is totally focused on compact equipment. It gives us an organization that eats, sleeps and breathes compact construction equipment.”

While the two equipment brands are a single legal entity, Yanmar CE and ASV will remain distinct under YCENA with each brand retaining its product lines and dealer networks.

The ASV brand will continue to develop loaders with its Posi-Track undercarriage and enhanced cooling capabilities aimed at high performance applications. As proof that “ASV isn’t going anywhere,” Johnson pointed to the new CTLs unveiled at ConExpo, the VT-100 and VT-100 Forestry.

“ASV will continue to live on as a loader specialist,” Johnson said.