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The RT-40 gets Yanmar engine power and cab upgrades, and it’s joined by the new R1-135 muscle machine.

Willie Vogt

December 29, 2021

3 Min Read
The new RT-40
COMPACT POWER: The new RT-40 may be just want the doctor ordered for the farmer who needs a narrow loader to take on chores around the farm. At just over 48 inches wide, this mini-muscle machine boasts an 8.4-foot lift height and a 930-pound-rated operating capacity.Courtesy of ASV

The compact track loader market is competitive, with a wide range of models competing to get on the job around the country. More than two years ago, Yanmar purchased Minnesota CTL maker ASV, and the fruits of that purchase are coming into focus.

Yanmar recently held a press conference to launch new machines under its Yanmar brand and for ASV. The introductions show how the two brands will interact.

Tate Johnson, president of Yanmar Compact Equipment North America, shared that the legacy teams for the two brands — Yanmar and ASV — create a "post-acquisition portfolio that provides compact equipment solutions to meet any need."

He rattles off the model list of nine mini-excavators, nine compact track loader models, four wheel loaders and two skid-steer loaders — 26 different machines. "Yanmar was founded in 1912 and produced the first commercially viable small diesel engine in 1933," Johnson adds, as he discusses the past before rolling out future products. There are other innovations, including the first compact excavator and the first zero-tail swing compact excavator.

The ASV acquisition brought a brand founded 70 years ago. ASV brought the first track machines to market, and in 1990, introduced the Posi-Track rubber undercarriage. "That undercarriage works in more conditions and has a no-derailment guarantee," Johnson points out. And in 2020 the company launched the Max Series of compact track loaders and skid-steer loaders with an enhanced cab system.

"We're one uniform organization, with two distinct brands to serve customers in unique ways," he says.

New track loaders

There are two machines joining the line at ASV, with both in production now. One is for the compact sector, and the other sets a higher mark for compact track loader power.

The new RT-40 Compact Track Loader now features Yanmar power with a 38.2-hp, Tier 4 three-cylinder engine. The Yanmar diesel provides more power than the engine it replaces.

The machine is 48.3 inches wide, to work in tighter spaces around the farm. It offers an 8.4-foot lift height, a 930-pound-rated operating capacity and a top speed of 7.1 mph, using ASV's Posi-Power system.

Buck Storlie, product line manager, ASV, explains that cab comfort was also important. "We've added the single-sided lap bar and provided the operator more space," he says. "This comes from the Max cab, which also features that lap bar design."

Storlie adds that the machine can be outfitted with a 4.3-inch color display for machine operation. There are also visibility improvements for the cab. "There's a frameless front door taking its cue from the Max Series for a better view of the front edges of the bucket and the tracks," Storlie says.

And that RT-40 gets a bigger brother — a much bigger brother. The new RT-135 is powered by a 132-hp Cummins engine that provides a 10% increase in power over the already powerful RT-120.

"This new machine provides Max Series comfort, and it's designed for forestry work," Storlie adds. This machine offers 50-gpm auxiliary flow, which is a 10% increase over the RT-120. That flow comes from a 66-gpm pump, so you can send 50-gpm of flow to attachments and still have the "hydraulic headroom" to lift and lower the loader.

The machine has a 4,150-pound rated operating capacity, which is an 11% increase over the RT-120.

The RT-135 is a big machine for specialized needs.

And the company has launched a new range of attachments for its loaders. You can learn more about all these tools by visiting asvi.com.

About the Author(s)

Willie Vogt

Willie Vogt has been covering agricultural technology for more than 40 years, with most of that time as editorial director for Farm Progress. He is passionate about helping farmers better understand how technology can help them succeed, when appropriately applied.

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