Minnesota-based ASV has introduced its first mid-frame, vertical lift compact track loader, the Posi-Track VT-70. It features a vertical lift loader linkage capable of extended reach while maintaining level bucket loads, which is useful for loading pallets.
ASV says it has incorporated the company’s patented Posi-Track rubber track suspension into the VT-70’s design. That’s a system it has also been producing for Caterpillar-brand machines. The single-level suspension uses two independent torsion axles per undercarriage that smoothen out the ride. The VT-70 also includes ride control that dampens the load in the bucket to limit material loss and improve operator comfort.
The company claims its track drive system improves performance on steep slopes and reduces the risk of track derailment. ASV now uses an open-rail and drive-sprocket design to turn the tracks, which apparently results in a longer sprocket and bogie life along with easier and faster undercarriage cleaning than its previous design. All rollers with mechanical face seals are maintenance free.
The VT-70 comes standard with 15-inch-wide tracks that have an average ground pressure of only 4.6 p.s.i. A 16.5-inch track is also available. It lowers effective ground pressure to 4.2 p.s.i. ASV says its tracks have a 1,500- to 2,000-hour service life, and it’s so confident in them that it offers a two-year, 1,500-hour track warranty.
Under the chassis there is 13 inches of ground clearance to reduce the risk of getting hung up in uneven or soft ground.
The VT-70 is powered by a 65 horsepower Kubota 2.4-liter turbocharged diesel engine. It’s Tier 4 Final compliant, relying on a diesel oxidation catalyst so there is no regeneration process or diesel exhaust fluid required.
To make service easier, the VT-70 has a swing-out door and cooling system along with a three-panel hood arrangement that allows full access to the engine.
The VT-70’s auxiliary hydraulic system is available with an optional 28.4 g.p.m. high flow rate and 3,300 p.s.i.
Rated operating capacity is 2,328 pounds (1,058 kilograms) and the tipping load is 6,650 pounds (3,022 kilograms). The machine is only 66 inches (1.67 metres) wide and has a 10.5-foot (3.2 metre) lift.
For more information, visit www.asvllc.com.