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ASV’s all new RT-50 Posi-Track Loader

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ASV Sales & Service and their national dealer network have just released the all-new compact and versatile ASV RT-50 Posi-Track Loader.

With the addition of the RT-50 to its line-up, ASV solidifies its place as a leading manufacturer of lightweight, sit-in compact track loaders. The RT-50 allows operators to work in more places, thanks to the industry’s lowest ground pressure, the ability to be towed behind a standard ute, and compact statures allowing the machines to fit into tight areas.

“The new RT-50 is light, fast and strong, and sits in a size class of its own in the Australian market at 50 horsepower,” says Craig Doran, managing director of ASV Sales & Service. “What’s more, its notably compact size and high ground clearance allows operators to get into tight areas and do things they may never have thought possible with a compact track loader of this size.

“It’s also very light weight at under 2.5 tonne, so can be towed by a ute or four wheel drive, and even comes with a bumper to bumper 2 year 2000 hour warranty as standard, including 2 years for tracks as well, which together is unmatched in the Australian market.”

Power
The RT-50 provides exceptional power in tight areas that other machines find difficult to access, making this Posi-Track perfect for any mid-sized machine operator searching for improved site accessibility. Boasting a greater performance-to-weight ratio than any machine in its class, the RT-50 features a 900kg rated operating capacity while weighing just 2427kg. High performance in a lightweight machine means easy transportability and less risk of turf damage – translating to more money in a contractor’s pocket.

The RT-50 works harder for longer, thanks to exceptional digging and pushing power resulting from ASV’s Posi-Power system, combined with a 50-horsepower engine, high efficiency drive system and a light overall weight.

This machine also handles demanding attachments with ease, running a highly efficient cooling system and a robust hydraulic setup that includes 3000 psi of auxiliary pressure and 50 litres per minute of flow. The system features large line sizes, hydraulic coolers and directdrive pumps, transferring more flow and pressure directly to the attachment with maximum efficiency.

Performance
ASV has designed and manufactured the RT-50 with features to optimise productivity and quality of work. Operators can use the machine to load landscape trucks and small dump trucks thanks to the loader’s 2784 millimetre pin height. Getting around the jobsite quickly is just as easy, due to the loader’s 11.4 km/h top speed.

Travelling to site is also simple – owner and operators can easily tow the RT-50 behind a standard ute or SUV, the result of the machine’s low trailer weight and narrow 1486 millimetre width. Plus, tight area operations, such as working in narrow backyards, is made easier by this notably slim design.

The lightweight RT-50 Posi-Track also excels in soft ground conditions, allowing operators to get back to work sooner after wet weather, even on sensitive turf.

The machine minimises the risk of ground damage with its class-leading low ground pressure of 3.1 psi. ASV achieves this low ground pressure with 15-inch-wide tracks and an even weight distribution brought on by the large number of contact points within the patented Posi-Track undercarriage.

The innovative, patented undercarriage design also means ASV customers can 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. Furthermore, the risk of track derailment is virtually eliminated thanks to numerous contact points and guide lugs. Operators can easily drive over logs, stumps, rocks and other obstructions with less risk of getting hung up. This is thanks to the RT-50’s exceptional 366 millimetres of ground clearance – nearly double that of comparable models from other manufacturers.

Comfort
The patented Posi-Track undercarriage significantly improves operator comfort, offering a smoother ride over tough terrain made possible by a unique torsion axle suspension setup. The result is significantly less fatigue during a long day in the cab.

Operation is easy and intuitive as a result of standard joystick controls. An optional cold weather cab with heater or pressurised all-weather cab with heat and A/C allow for year-round comfort while working in extreme temperatures, and for additional comfort ASV also offers an optional suspended seat.

Serviceability and reliability
The RT-50 Posi-Track Loader offers exceptional ease of serviceability, minimising machine downtime. Thanks to a large rear-tilting hood, all maintenance points are easily accessible: drain plugs, Zerk fittings for convenient greasing, and spin-on frame-mounted filters with singlewrench service. In addition, a direct-drive pump eliminates the labour-intensive belt servicing that comes with belt-driven pumps. Operators also save time and money with the RT-50 – and all models of ASV Posi-Track Loaders for that matter – as a result of the individually replaceable steel sprocket rollers, plus metal-face seals as standard to ensure the idler wheel hubs require zero maintenance for the life of the machine.

Operators also see increased sprocket and bogie wheel life, along with easier and faster undercarriage cleaning, because of the open-rail and positive drive sprocket design. All wheels are exposed in the undercarriage to allow material to spill out, reducing the risk of abrasive material getting trapped and wearing away at components.

As with the entire ASV Posi-Track range, the RT-50 is backed by ASV’s industry-leading 2-year/2000-hour bumper-to-bumper warranty, which even covers tracks for the entire period and includes the industry’s first and only no-derailment guarantee.

Find out more about the new ASV RT-50 Posi-Track Loader and book a demo at your nearest dealer: www.asvaus.com.

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