Mon March 27, 2023
ASV introduced the VT-100 and VT-100 Forestry Posi-Track compact track loaders at ConExpo-Con/AGG 2023.
The new VT-100 compact track loader is a vertical lift machine that excels in loading and grading applications in landscaping and construction. The VT-100 Forestry is suited for mulching, right-of-way clearance, site prep and more. The models include elevated comfort, visibility and performance features.
"The introduction of these two new loaders reinforces our reputation as a compact track loader specialist," said Buck Storlie, product manager of 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."
ASV's VT-100 and VT-100 Forestry come equipped with a 103.5 hp Tier IV Final Yanmar diesel engine and standard 40 gpm high flow. The loaders' large line sizes, hydraulic coolers and direct-drive pumps transfer more flow and pressure directly to the attachment and reduce power loss.
The VT-100 features a 3,500-lb. rated operating capacity and 10,286-lb. tipping load while the VT-100 Forestry includes a 3,700-lb. rated operating capacity and a 10,571-lb. tipping load.
The models feature ASV's Posi-Track rubber track suspension. Nnown 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, according to the manufacturer.
The new models include several optional efficiency-enhancing features to improve the operator experience and overall productivity. These intuitive features help improve productivity on the job site and level out the learning curve for new operators to expedite the training process.
The load-sensing system offers both improved efficiency and fuel savings. The system regulates the 40-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 job site.
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 2-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, the manufacturer said.
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.
Comfort, Operator Experience
The new models prioritize comfort and operator experience with 360-degree visibility and a 7-in. color display for improved convenience on the job site. The vibrant color display provides vital monitoring tools, shows the view from the backup camera, and integrates with service schedules and history for added convenience. Operators can work longer days in comfort with a standard fully adjustable suspended seat. The smooth ride allowed by ASV's Posi-Track undercarriage contributes to more comfort on bumpy terrain.
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 also will 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 job site during operation or the ability to complete tasks outside of the loader without needing to get in and out of the cab.
ASV stands behind the reliability of its Posi-Track loaders with a two-year, 2,000-hour warranty. The warranty includes a no-derailment guarantee and covers the tracks for the entire warranty period.
Ease of serviceability also will 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-IV 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.
For more information, visit www.asvi.com.