“The introduction of these two new loaders reinforces our reputation as a compact track loader specialist,” said Buck Storlie, Product Manager for the ASV brand. “They are the perfect option for those looking for a little more power than the RT-75 without having to go to the heavy hitter of all CTLs – the RT-135. The lifting capabilities, pushing power and hydraulic flow of the new VT-100 and VT-100 Forestry is sure to impress.”
The models feature ASV’s patented Posi-Track rubber track suspension. Well known for its smooth ride, the dual-level suspension of the VT-100 and VT-100 Forestry features both suspended wheels and axles, allowing it to manage every type of terrain and at faster speeds. The suspended wheels and fully flexible track conform to the ground, assuring maximum ground contact and traction.
The load-sensing system offers both improved efficiency and fuel savings. The system regulates the 41-gpm hydraulic pump, so it only produces what’s necessary to complete the work rather than using maximum flow all the time.
The work-tool positioner allows operators to create a preset for the angle of the attachment based on the task at hand, allowing return to position at the push of a button. Similarly, return-to-position technology complements the work tool positioner by allowing operators to set a designated height for the loader arms. The features can be paired together or used independently to adjust to the needs of the jobsite.
Operators can move material more quickly with less loss with the VT-100 and VT-100 Forestry’s self-leveling and ride-control features. Self-leveling technology uses dual-direction capabilities to automatically level the load both while raising the loader arms and – unlike many other CTLs – while lowering them. Speed-sensitive ride control offers operators the convenience of enhanced material retention at higher speeds without needing to actively switch the feature off while switching to more slow-moving applications, such as grading.
Auto two-speed rounds out the efficiency-enhancing features for the new models. The feature allows the compact track loader to shift automatically between low and high-speed modes. This creates a more seamless transition between the two modes, providing operators improved control while working in tight places, grading or in other applications that require finite control.
Additionally, the compact track loaders boost jobsite productivity with travel speeds up to 9.3 mph. A low 4.0 psi ground pressure from both models allows smooth performance on sensitive, unstable surfaces.
A removable roof hatch on both models maximizes safety on both models. The VT-100 Forestry features forestry-rated guarding around the light and radiator as well as a built-in limb riser. Operator safety is a priority with the machine featuring forestry-level operator protective structures, impact falling object and rollover ISO standards.
The VT-100 and VT-100 Forestry will also include optional remote-control capabilities. The remote is available as a factory or field-install option and allows operators to control the loader from a distance with a harness-mounted control box. The new feature improves operator safety in potentially dangerous situations such as on steep slopes. It also increases operator independence when they may benefit from a larger view of the jobsite during operation or the ability to complete tasks outside of the loader without needing to get in and out of the cab.
Ease of serviceability will also stand out to operators with convenient features such as easily accessible daily checkpoints and removable skid plates for quick cleaning when needed. The VT-100 and VT-100 Forestry include three-panel engine access plus a swing-out radiator that requires no tools to open for simple access to daily check points.
Just as the two new compact track loaders feature a Yanmar Tier-4 Final engine, the new compact track loader also incorporates Yanmar’s optional SMARTASSIST telematics system. SMARTASSIST features range from error detection and notification to real-time operational status updates and daily work reports. The telematics system also includes integrated theft protection, allowing the machine’s owner to set a range from a specific location and trigger an alert if that range is exceeded.
Learn more about ASV’s new VT-100 and VT-100 Forestry compact track loaders at asvi.com.