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ASV RT-50 Posi-Track Loader: The ultimate all-rounder

 

ASV, one of Australia’s favourite manufacturers of compact track loaders for more than 10 years, has introduced a new generation RT-50 Posi-Track Loader.


Featuring new comfort, visibility, and performance features, plus a repowered Yanmar engine, the RT-50 is the premier compact track loader for both performance and comfort in its class.

Power and productivity

The repowered RT-50 features a more powerful new 53.8-horsepower Tier 4, three-cylinder turbo-charged Yanmar engine. The machine delivers high tractive effort and exceptional pushing and digging power thanks to ASV’s Posi-Power system. The compact track loader allows contractors to be more productive, with high performance thanks in part to a nimble 1496mm width, a 2784mm lift height, a 635kg rated operating capacity and an 11.4km/h top speed.

The loader’s compact size and 2349kg weight allows it to be conveniently towed behind a standard ute or SUV – a fact that makes its performance capabilities even more impressive.

Variable auxiliary hydraulic flow comes standard, and the machine can operate efficiently at a high auxiliary circuit flow rate, powered by 50 litres-per-minute of flow and 3000psi of system pressure.

ASV has also eliminated labour-intensive belt servicing thanks to a direct drive pump. This, along with the machine’s large line sizes and hydraulic coolers, transfers more flow and pressure directly to the attachment to help prevent power loss.

The RT-50 is tested to operate at full load 100 per cent of the time in a wide range of climates, thanks to a highly efficient cooling system that allows operators to get more out of their machine.

Serviceability and reliability

ASV designed the RT-50 loader so operators can spend less time servicing it and more time on the job. Its rear-tilting hood offers easy access to maintenance points, including filters, oil and fuel tank reservoirs, hydraulic and water separator drains, and the battery.

The machine is built with a heavy-duty frame, drive table and axle, and features new wiring harness routing for additional durability. The drive hose routing and chassis sealing are designed for reduced rubbing, creating fewer line breaks, and boosting hose longevity. Metal-face seals on the front and back ensure the drive hubs do not require maintenance for the life of the machine.

ASV backs up its promise of reliability with an industry leading two-year, 2000-hour warranty on the RT-50.

A new 4.3-inch colour display puts full command of the machine at the operator’s fingertips. Image: ASV

Comfort and ease of operation

The repowered RT-50 brings brand new comfort features to its compact cab. A single- sided lap bar makes entry and exit easier and provides operators with more hip room. Partially adjustable armrests and a tall cab improves comfort for operators of different sizes. The pressurised cab option also provides a cleaner in-cab environment.

A new 4.3-inch colour display and standard hydraulic joystick controls put full command of the machine at the operator’s fingertips. Plus, a new drive transmission allows for more precise power and fine-tuned operation.

The machine also includes visibility improvements over its predecessor. A new frameless front door includes floor-to-ceiling glass area, allowing operators to better see their work and attachments. The cab’s large side and rear windows provide additional lines of sight, which is further improved by the bright rear LED light and adjustable front pedestal lighting. An optional backup camera is available to replace the standard rear-view mirror for additional convenience and visibility.

Posi-Track benefits

ASV designs its patented Posi-Track and skid-steer loaders independently to provide customers with the highest performance from each machine. This is a point of contrast from manufacturers who use the same chassis for their range of compact track loaders and skid steers. The RT-50’s dedicated frame results in a 366mm ground clearance, higher than any walk-behind or stand-on loader, as well as many larger machines. The unit can travel over rocks, logs, stumps, and other obstacles with less risk of getting caught.

ASV’s Posi-Track system features a flexible track and an open-rail and internal positive drive-sprocket undercarriage, allowing for greater traction, longer wear life, and faster, more convenient undercarriage cleaning.

Posi-Track loaders also have a high number of ground contact points, spreading the machine’s weight evenly. As a result, the RT-50 features an industry-low 3.0psi ground pressure, reducing the risk of damage to turf and offering better flotation and traction on steep, slippery, and wet ground.

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