Following closely on the heels of the debut of its VT-70 track loader, Minnesota-based ASV has introduced two more new models to its line of track loaders, the compact RT-30, which is meant to be a little brother to the larger VT-70, and the biggest machine it’s built yet, the RT-120.
The RT-30 is meant to appeal to anyone that needs a machine able to work in very close quarters, such as inside barns. But the company says despite its small size, this machine is built as tough as any other.
“This is not an entry-level machine,” said Jim DiBiagio, ASV general manager, in a press release. “We designed it to our standards of maximum performance with no compromises.”
The RT-30 is only 48 inches (1.22 metres) wide, weighs in at 3,600 pounds (1,636 kilograms), and has a lift height of 8.4 feet (2.56 metres). To move around the farmyard, the RT-30 has a top speed of 5.7 m.p.h. (9.2 km/h), and the standard 11-inch-wide tracks put down an average ground pressure of just three PSI. That floatation along with 10 inches of under-body clearance should allow it to move easily through corrals and mud.
It relies on a 1.5-litre, 32.7 horsepower Perkins diesel engine, and planetary drive motors deliver the diesel’s torque to the drive sprockets. In the hydraulic department, these machines get a 10 g.p.m. pump. And operating load capacity is 665 pounds.
The company says the RT-30 is priced comparably to walk-behind or stand-on designs, making it a better and safer choice as a small-capacity machine.
The RT-120 on the other hand gets a 120 horsepower and 360 foot-pounds of torque from a 3.8 litre Cummins diesel. That makes it one of the most powerful machines of this type on the market. To reduce friction loss and get as much of that power to the ground as possible, the RT-120 doesn’t use planetary drives. Instead power is routed directly to high-efficiency hydraulic motors connected directly to the drive rollers.
Because the RT-120 uses a direct drive hydraulic pump, rather than a belt-driven design, and includes larger lines and coolers, the company claims it can deliver 16 per cent more power to attachments than the PT-110 model it replaces.