ASV Holdings Inc. introduced the new RT-40 Posi-Track loader. Featuring a compact size in a class of its own, the RT-40 provides a productive alternative to walk-behind and stand-on mini skid-steer loaders. Expanding ASV’s expertise in small-frame compact track loaders, the machine offers maximum power, reliability, serviceability and comfort. The model is ideal for the rental market, homeowners or contractors working in tight spaces for anything from urban snow clearing to landscaping.
“The industry has never seen power like this in a machine the size of the RT-40. It’s a powerhouse,” said Justin Rupar, ASV Holdings Inc. vice president of sales and marketing. “The machine features remarkable performance for its 4-foot width. This means our customers can complete work faster, better and more comfortably in restricted areas.
Power and performance
The RT-40 includes a turbocharged 37.5-horsepower Kubota diesel engine. Built for power and performance, the 1.8-liter displacement engine produces 84.5 foot-pounds of torque. The Tier 4 Final engine requires no regeneration, exhaust sensors or diesel exhaust fluid. The RT-40 also provides high tractive effort as a result of ASV’s Posi-Power system, allowing for exceptional pushing and digging power. The 4,175-pound RT-40 features a rated operating capacity of 931 pounds and a tipping load of 2,660 pounds. The loader is 48.3 inches wide and has an 8.4-foot lift height. It features speed as fast as 7.1 mph to give contractors and homeowners the ability to complete work faster.
Variable auxiliary hydraulic flow comes standard on the Posi-Track loader. The system operates efficiently and at a high auxiliary circuit flow rate with a 13.3-gpm pump capacity and 3,000 psi system pressure. The drive pump is the same one ASV uses on its larger models up to 100 hp. Plus, the use of a direct drive pump eliminates the labor-intensive belt servicing that comes with belt-driven pumps. The direct-drive pumps along with the machine’s large line sizes and hydraulic coolers transfer more flow and pressure directly to the attachment and prevent power loss.
In addition, ASV builds the RT-40 with the same highly efficient cooling system as its larger models. This allows operators to use the machine at full load 100 percent of the time in ambient temperatures up to 118 degrees. The combination also means contractors can use the RT-40 with large, heavy-duty attachments.
Serviceability and reliability
ASV builds the RT-40 for maximum ease of serviceability. The large rear-tilting hood provides easy access to all maintenance points, including filters, oil and fuel tanks and reservoirs, hydraulic and water separator drains, and the battery. The design also includes an electric lift pump for easy priming and extended fuel filter life. Plus, the machine features easy loader valve access.
Because ASV designed the Posi-Track loader with the fuel tank in the engine compartment — rather than under the seat — operators have easy access to the drive pump. Servicing improvements within the cab include placing the fuse panel there for fast access, as well as making the seat removable with just two bolts. The RT-40 also includes standard metal-face seals on the front and back to ensure the drive hubs don’t require maintenance for the life of the machine. All of these features mean less downtime spent servicing the machine and more time operating it.
The RT-40 also includes a heavy-duty frame, drive table and axles. Innovative drive hose routing and chassis sealing result in reduced rubbing, fewer line leaks and boosted hose longevity. ASV builds the loader with wiring and electrical routings designed for reliability. The machine also includes a high-quality, durable track with a pro-rated warranty period of 2 years/1,500 hours in addition to the 1-year bumper-to-bumper warranty.
The RT-40 offers a safer and more productive alternative to similarly sized walk-behind and stand-on skid-steer loaders. The ASV unit’s cab provides rollover and falling object protection, safeguarding the operator from outside elements, and eliminates the fatigue that comes with standing.
ASV designed the RT-40’s cab with optimal comfort and visibility in mind. Large windows make it easier for operators to stay aware of surroundings. A bright rear light and adjustable front pedestal lighting improves safety in underlit conditions. The cab comes standard with a rearview mirror, or can be equipped with an optional backup camera. The cab itself is exceptionally tall to provide ample headroom for taller operators. It’s also pressurized for a clean operator environment, and optional all-weather or cold weather cabs include heat and air-conditioning. For convenience, the operator station features a cup holder, phone mount and DC outlet. Standard hydraulic joystick controls make operation easy and intuitive.
Unlike other manufacturers that use a single chassis for both compact track loaders and skid steers, ASV designs its Posi-Track and skid-steer loader frames independently to provide customers with the highest performance from each machine. The result of the dedicated frame for the RT-40 is a 10.8-inch ground clearance, higher than any walk-behind or stand-on loader, plus many larger machines. This allows the unit to easily travel over logs, stumps, rocks and other obstructions with less risk of getting hung up. The purpose-built chassis also provides a 44-degree departure angle, decreasing the risk of the machine getting stuck when starting to climb a steep hill.
ASV manufactures its Posi-Track loaders with its patented Posi-Track system. The system features a flexible rubber track with internal positive drive sprockets to provide superior traction and track life. The open-rail and drive-sprocket design, rather than the enclosed tub system seen on many competitive undercarriages, results in increased sprocket and bogie life along with easier and faster undercarriage cleaning. All of the wheels are exposed in the undercarriage, allowing material to spill out and reducing the risk of abrasive material getting trapped and wearing away at components. In addition, Posi-Track loaders feature as many as four times more ground contact points in their tracks than competitive steel embedded models. This spreads the unit’s weight evenly for lower psi and extra flotation on delicate surfaces. The result for the RT-40, which contains 12 contact points, is an industry-low ground pressure of 3.5 psi. This means more flotation and traction on steep, slippery and wet ground, giving contractors greater control and better pushing capabilities. The RT-40’s large number of contact points and guide lugs also virtually eliminate the risk of track derailment.
Buyers can choose from several optional features on the new machine. A completely smooth turf track minimizes the risk of damage to manicured lawns and golf course greens. A drive hub full-metal-face seal package increases the ROC to 1,008 pounds. The RT-40’s quick-attach suits a variety of available attachments.