VT-70 will relaunch the ASV Posi-Track brand in Australia.
ASV Sales & Service are relaunching the ASV Posi-Track brand in Australia with the introduction of the all-new VT-70 – the company’s first mid-sized vertical lift machine, and the first new ASV branded machine to be sold in Australia since 2009, when Terex acquired the brand.
“We’re really excited to be re-introducing the ASV brand to the Australian market, because it’s the brand that started it all when it comes to compact track loaders,” says Chris Wolf, National Sales & Marketing Manager at ASV Sales & Service, national distributor for ASV and Terex Posi-Track loaders.
“The compact track loader market in Australia has grown to the point that approximately half of all skid steers loaders sold today are on tracks,” explains Wolf.
“Operators recognise the benefits that a tracked machine provides – they are much more versatile and productive than any wheeled skid steer loader, often delivering better utilisation and return on investment.”
As a vertical lift machine with over 1500kg of operating capacity, the VT-70 is positioned in a popular segment of the market. At the heart of the VT-70 is a 2.4L turbocharged engine that meets strict Tier 4F emissions requirements while producing 48.6kw of power, and an impressive 198Nm of torque. A variable speed hydraulic driven fan operates on demand and ensures optimal cooling performance while maximising engine efficiency.
Loader and bucket functions are controlled with precision pilot hydraulic joystick controls that deliver excellent feel and response.
Standard inclusions include a hydraulic quick attach, bucket positioning, as well as hydraulic ride control, which dampens machine pitching while travelling, improving material bucket retention during load and carry applications. A sealed and pressurised operator station is standard, and ASV claims best-in-industry cabin cooling, making it ideal for the Australian climate.
Service access is among the best we’ve seen, thanks to a swing-out cooling package and hinged bonnet panels, which fold out and allow unrestricted access to the engine.
Daily service points are grouped and easily accessible without the need for tools.
TWO BRANDS, ONE POSI-TRACK
About the relationship between ASV and Terex, since ASV Sales & Service are offering both brands, and since both are marketed as Posi-Track Loaders, Chris Wolf says: “Posi-Track is actually a trademarked name, referring to the ASV and Terex brands of compact track loaders, all of which feature a unique full suspension undercarriage design that delivers superior traction and floatation compared to other systems – not to mention lower average owning and operating costs,” says Wolf.
“The market has adopted the term Posi-Track as the universal way of describing a CTL, primarily because ASV pioneered the concept long before the industry even had a name for such a machine. With a company history of building innovative tracked machines stretching back to 1983, ASV produced its first tracked loader in 1990, calling it a Posi-Track.
“Following years of growth and global sales success, as well as a joint venture with Caterpillar, Terex acquired ASV in 2008. From that point forward, Terex invested heavily in the product, and marketed it under the Terex brand name. The product continued to evolve, with subsequent model releases delivering numerous improvements to performance and reliability.
“In 2015, Terex divested a portion of the original ASV assets including the head office and manufacturing facility to a company which reintroduced the ASV brand name.
The product is now marketed under both the Terex and ASV brands names – but they are identical machines, built in the same American factory as they have always been.
“The management of ASV Sales & Service, as well as some of our long-standing dealer partners have been involved with ASV and Terex Posi-Track loaders for 17 years, since the introduction of the product in Australia in 2001. It’s exciting for all of us to see how the CTL industry has grown, as many new players have entered the market in the last few years, but it’s important to have an experienced dealer standing behind you when you invest in any machine,” says Wolf.
“Both the ASV and Terex brands have a long history in Australia, and for that reason, we intend to offer both products to the end-user. Some models like the VT-70 will be available only in ASV branding, while others, like the recently released R265T will be exclusive to the Terex brand. Either way, you’re getting an industry original Posi-Track loader that is designed from the ground up, delivering performance without compromise.”