As ASV’s smallest track loaders, both CTLs have similar dimensions, as well as being the smallest ride-in CTLs on the market.
ASV says it upgraded the RT-25 over the RT-30, which will still be available in Canada, with a turbocharged engine for better performance at higher elevations.
Other upgrades include the displacement drive motor for improved tractive effort; faster, easier access to daily service checkpoints; and longer oil change interval of 500 hours, according to ASV.
The company touts the RT-25 as a more economical choice to its more powerful, heavier RT-40. The RT-25 is geared toward contractors, rental centers and homeowners working in tight spaces. Both machines are 48 inches wide for fitting through narrow openings, have an 8.4-foot lift height and share the same drive motor for extra pushing and digging power.
The 3-cylinder Perkins diesel engine on the RT-25 has a gross power rating of 24.7 horsepower at 2,800 rpm. It is Tier 4 Final, requiring no regeneration, exhaust sensors or diesel exhaust fluid, and produces peak torque of 66.4 foot-pounds. The RT-40’s engine produces 37.4 horsepower and 84.5 foot-pounds of torque.
An operating weight of 3,755 pounds, the RT-25 weighs 420 pounds less than the RT-40. ASV says that lighter weight reduces the risk of property damage to sensitive surfaces. It also increases flotation and traction for snow clearing on sidewalks, driveways and alleys. An optional smooth turf track is available when working on manicured lawns and golf course greens. The RT-25 can also be hauled behind a half-ton pickup or SUV.
The RT-25 features a rated operating capacity of 665 pounds and a tipping load of 1,900 pounds.
It has a 10-inch ground clearance for travel over logs, rocks and other obstructions. The chassis provides a 55-degree departure angle for going uphill.
The Posi-Track undercarriage delivers control, flotation, traction and pushing power in steep, wet, muddy and slippery conditions. The rubber track has internal positive drive sprockets for added traction and track life, ASV says.
The CTL has 12 ground contact points to spread weight evenly, providing an industry-low ground pressure of 3.1 pounds per square inch. The contact points, along with guide lugs, prevent track derailment.
All of the wheels are exposed in the undercarriage so material will spill out, instead of getting trapped and wearing down components.
A variable auxiliary hydraulic flow system comes standard, with a pump capacity of 11.3 gallons per minute and system pressure of 3,000 pounds per square inch. Direct drive pumps eliminate belt servicing required with belt-driven pumps. The pumps, along with the machine’s large line sizes and hydraulic coolers, transfer more flow and pressure directly to the attachment and prevent power loss, ASV says. The RT-25 also is equipped for quick attachment changes.
Other features of the RT-25 include rollover protection for the cab, an optional heated cab and top speed of 5.1 mph.
“It includes many of the features that define ASV CTLs and make them productivity-boosting powerhouses, all in an incredibly compact package,” says Justin Rupar, ASV Holdings Inc. vice president of sales and marketing. “We made the machine economical so small to mid-sized contractors and rental centers can take advantage of its versatility, lightweight qualities and the ability to get otherwise difficult jobs done quickly.”