Notebook: Yanmar/ASV Debuts Compact Loader
ASV/Yanmar

Notebook: Yanmar/ASV Debuts Compact Loader

New track loader's mini profile could be an asset for labor-strapped snow fighters.

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December 8, 2021

ASV has introduced a repowered RT-40 Posi-Track loader with a 38.2-horsepower Yanmar engine for added power and the convenience of being serviced by ASV dealers.

Additionally, the small-frame RT-40 showcases new comfort, visibility and performance features over its predecessor, including working in tight spaces that often challenge snow fighters.

“With the Yanmar-powered RT-40, we are doubling down on the machine’s performance, reliability and comfort, as well as making it easier for our customers to service the engine at ASV dealers,” says Buck Storlie, ASV product manager. “The RT-40 is already a staple due to its ability to bring more power and productivity to limited-space work that may otherwise have required a fence removal or needed to be done by hand.”

So what other RT-40 features may get commercial snow contractors' attention?

  • ASV repowered the RT-40 with new 38.2-horsepower Tier 4, 3-cylinder Yanmar engine.
  • It features a 48.3-inch width, an 8.4-foot lift height, a 931 rated operating capacity and a 7.1 mph top speed.
  • The machine also boasts high tractive effort, exceptional pushing and digging power thanks to ASV’s Posi-Power system.
  • The RT-40’s quick attach fits a variety of attachments and works with an optional adaptor plate for full-sized or walk-behind/stand-on loader attachments.
  • Comes standard with variable auxiliary hydraulic flow and can operate at a high auxiliary circuit flow rate, powered by 13.3-gpm of pump capacity and 3,000 psi of system pressure.
  • Labor-intensive belt servicing is eliminated thanks to ASV’s signature use of a direct drive pump. This, along with the machine’s large line sizes and hydraulic coolers, transfer more flow and pressure directly to the attachment to help prevent power loss.
  • A highly efficient cooling system allows operators to get more out of their machine. The RT-40 is tested to operate at full load 100% of the time in ambient temperatures from -40 up to 118 F.
  • Features new wiring harness routing for additional durability. In addition, the drive hose routing and chassis sealing are designed for reduced rubbing, fewer line breaks and boosted hose longevity.
  • Metal-face seals on the front and back ensure the drive hubs do not require maintenance for the life of the machine.
  • ASV brought bigger comfort to the RT-40's compact cab. Entry and exit is easier and operators have more hip room due to the new single-sided lap bar, similar to the larger MAX-Series models.
  • Partially adjustable armrests and a tall cab improves comfort for operators of different sizes. The cab is also pressurized, resulting in a cleaner in-cab environment.
  • Optional all-weather or cold weather cabs include heat and air conditioning. ASV also offers additional comfort features, including a cup holder, phone mount and DC outlet.

ASV also introduced as selection of ASV-branded attachments, including a full range of buckets, pallet forks, grapples and brush mowers. According to ASV, this allows the contractor to work with an ASV dealer as a single point of contact for a comprehensive package of ASV equipment and attachments

“Our new attachment line streamlines the purchasing process by allowing ASV dealers to be a one-stop-shop and ensures our customers get the best performance and reliability with an ASV attachment,” says Jeff Pate, director of sales for the ASV brand.

ASV plans to expand the attachment line to fill demands and variety of job-specific applications, as well as direct feedback from contractors and dealers.

Mike Zawacki is editor of Snow Magazine.