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Vertical-lift, radial-lift skid steers added to MAX-Series lineup


June 4, 2021
By ASV Holdings

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ASV Holdings has expanded its MAX-Series lineup with the addition of the vertical-lift VS-75 and radial-lift RS-75 skid steers.

First introduced with compact track loaders in mid-2020, the MAX-Series line gives operators a premium experience to match the machines’ performance capabilities. Like the tracked machines, the skid steers benefit from a new, next-generation cab available with 360-degree visibility, a roomier operator area, a more comfortable seat, a new high-tech touch-screen display and more. MAX-Series skid steers also feature such ASV benefits as reliability, rated operating capacities, departure angles, breakout force, hydraulic performance, ground clearance, speed, ease of serviceability, cooling packages and more.

“We’ve already heard great things from customers and dealers about the MAX-Series compact track loaders,” Buck Storlie, ASV product line manager, said. “The launch was incredibly successful – ultimately leading us to boost production capacity by 30 per cent earlier this year to keep up with demand. We’re excited to give operators the option to achieve that same level of premium experience in a skid steer. The improved comfort, visibility and ease-of-use mean happier operators and easier workdays.”

Next-generation cab

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MAX-Series operators benefit from premium 360-degree visibility with the ability to see their surroundings more clearly with standard LED lighting, optional side lighting, all-clear sides and a frameless door, providing floor to ceiling glass area – 52 per cent more glass area in the optional enclosed cab compared to previous ASV models. That means high visibility and minimal obstructions to the operator’s line of sight, especially beneficial in tight areas or indoor work for which skid steers are commonly used.

Operators can work longer days in comfort with the MAX-Series with a number of comfort and usability features available to be added to the basic configuration. An optional, new fully suspended seat helps make the cab accessible to virtually all body types. The seat is the most customizable in the industry, featuring adjustable four-way controls and arm rests, recline, slide, and weight. Additionally, a one-sided lap bar makes entry and exit easier. This comfort is further enhanced by a roomier cab, including up to two more inches width at the shoulders, eight inches wider at the knees and up to 4.5 inches more foot room. In-cab experience is also enhanced through speaker and radio improvements, including available Bluetooth radio allowing operators to listen to music and take calls wirelessly.

Operators benefit from a cleaner, quieter and more temperature-stable work area with the optional highly-pressurized, all-weather cab. The optional pressurized cab’s improved seal helps repel noise, dust and debris and outside temperatures. An updated HVAC system allows for better overall circulation and defrosting capabilities within the cab.

The cab also features a number of reliability improvements, including a design that better protects electronics with fully sealed, water-tight wiring harnesses and fuse panels. ASV backs that reliability with its new two-year/2,000-hour warranty.

Operator experience

The MAX-Series improves ease-of-operation, service scheduling and job management with an optional state-of-the-art seven-inch touch-screen display. The screen includes vital monitoring tools, displays the view from the backup camera and integrates with service history and schedules. Job management features such as passcode operator lockout, idle time tracking and more are also available.

Operators of all skill levels will benefit from new, intuitive switch locations and operator controls. The controls improve convenience with a new dual throttle option, allowing operation at a set RPM with the joystick controls and the ability to increase the RPM with the foot throttle without needing to adjust the dial.

Protection

ASV didn’t stop at improved visibility with MAX-Series safety benefits. The machines include the industry’s first skid-steer roof escape hatch, allowing operators to quickly get out through the roof rather than through the back window and over a hot engine bay in emergency situations. Models also include rollover protection (ROPS) and reinforced windows for impact resistance. Additionally, ASV offers options for increased protection, including side screens, reinforced polycarbonate door, level 2 FOPS, and light guards.

Performance

ASV MAX-Series skid-steer loaders provide maximum performance with optimal ground clearance, serviceability, departure angle and power.

The radial-lift, 75-horsepower RS-75 includes a 2,600-pound rated operating capacity and a 5,845-pound breakout force. The vertical-lift VS-75 features a 5,920-pound breakout force and a 3,500-pound-rated operating capacity for its 75 horsepower. The VS-75’s high capacity rivals many 95 to 100-horsepower units, giving operators the ability to have the fuel economy and reduced price of a lower horsepower machine but with the performance of some of the largest skid steers out there.

Both models are better able to travel over obstacles without getting hung up, thanks to 10.5 inches of ground clearance, more than two inches higher than other machines in their class. In addition, the purpose-built chassis improves performance while climbing hills resulting from a 24-degree departure angle.

The machines maximize serviceability with convenient and simple maintenance access. Swing-out door and cooling systems provide access to filters and other daily checkpoints for easy maintenance.

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