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The JCB JS130: A Powerhouse for the Owner-Operator

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For the construction professional, the choice of machinery is a critical one. It’s not just about power and performance; it’s about finding the perfect balance between capability, cost, and reliability. In this realm, the JCB JS130 stands tall, offering a compelling option for owner-operators seeking a versatile workhorse. But is it the right machine for you? Let’s dive into the strengths and features of the JCB JS130.

Powerhouse Performance:

The JS130 packs a punch with its 4.4L JCB EcoMAX engine, delivering 125hp and 500Nm of torque. This translates to smooth digging, efficient loading, and the ability to handle demanding tasks. Whether you’re tackling foundations, landscaping, or small-scale demolition, the JS130 has the muscle you need.

Strength & Durability:

With it’s reinforced boom and dipper, made of high tensile strength steel, single piece wrapper plates and internal baffle plates for long life durability the JS130s excavator boasts the best components in the industry, including Berco running gear, Kawasaki pumps and Kayaba valve blocks.

While the high-strength undercarriage uses a fully welded X frame construction for long-term durability even in the most demanding applications.

A closed box-section revolving frame increases strength, reduces stress, and is highly resistant to impact damage. The 13 tonne excavator’s high-strength rigid upper frame provides maximum durability and support.

Compact Versatility:

One of the JS130’s biggest advantages is its size. With a compact footprint, it easily navigates tight spaces and urban environments. This agility makes it ideal for working on residential projects, backyards, and confined job sites. Additionally, its 3.8-tonne weight allows for easy transport on a trailer, maximising your operational flexibility.

Operator Comfort:

JCB understands the importance of operator comfort, and the JS130 reflects this philosophy. The spacious cab provides ample legroom and headroom, while the ergonomic controls and adjustable seat ensure fatigue-free operation, even during long shifts. The air conditioning and heating system further enhance comfort in all weather conditions.

Fuel Efficiency:

As an owner-operator, fuel costs are a major consideration. The JS130 boasts impressive fuel efficiency thanks to its EcoMAX engine and intelligent features like auto-idle and auto-shutdown. These features help reduce fuel consumption without compromising performance, keeping your operating costs in check.

Reliability and Serviceability:

JCB machines are renowned for their durability, and the JS130 is no exception. Built with robust components and rigorously tested, it’s designed to withstand the rigors of everyday use. Additionally, its simple design and easily accessible service points make maintenance quick and straightforward, minimising downtime and maximising operator productivity.

Safety: The JS130 excavator bonnet opens front-to-rear for easy and safe engine service access, and the cab can be specified with Rollover Protection Structure (ROPS) and Falling Objects Protection Structure (FOPS).

JCB 13 tonne excavators have a large glass area and low bonnet line for superb visibility. JCB’s 2GO system fully isolates hydraulic functions to avoid unintended machine movements. There’s no need to climb onto the JS130 excavator to check oil levels; all routine servicing can be done from ground level.

JCB’s Safety Level Lock fully isolates hydraulic functions to avoid unintended movements, and the JCB start function means a JCB 13 tonne excavator can only be started in a safe locked position via two separate inputs.

The JCB JS130 is a capable and versatile machine that can be a valuable asset for owner-operators. Its power, compact size, operator comfort, and fuel efficiency make it ideal for a wide range of projects. Without compromising on power the JS130 packs some serious punch with its 125hp engine, tackling tough jobs with ease.

The JS130’s spacious cab is your castle, with ergonomic controls and a plush seat that’ll keep you comfortable and focused, even during marathon shifts.

The JS130 offers brawn and brains. Intelligent features like auto-idle and auto-shutdown keep your fuel costs in check, while its simple design and easy serviceability minimise downtime. Offering more work, less hassle it’s the owner-operator’s dream.

To find out more visit- www.jcbcea.com.au

Shore Hire’s new head office is officially open!

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Just around the corner from their current office Shore Hire are now located at 166 Eldridge Road, Condell Park in New South Wales.

The new purpose-built facility features state-of-the-art amenities and in true Shore Hire fashion features a couple incredible innovations such as their internal walls being made out of Modular Aluminium Shoring Box Panels.

The new building is a testament to Shore Hire’s growth over the past 16 years and will help them continue offering outstanding customer service to the industry.

In addition to the new head office Shore Hire recently acquired a 136,000 square meter site on the South Coast of New South Wales to help expand their repair and manufacturing capacity. the facility is also better suited to our larger equipment, such as our Shore Brace 400 Hydraulic Bracing extensions and taller Trench Sheets and Sheet Piles.

We spoke to Nathan Spinner, Shore Hire’s Manufacturing Manager, about the new facility and its benefits for us as a business and our customers.

How does the facility in Moss Vale contribute to Shore Hire’s Australian manufacturing abilities?

The new facility is in close proximity to Sydney but also not too far from Melbourne. We have a larger site here which allows us to move more oversized products around safely. We’ve moved into an already-built factory where we’ve set up our manufacturing work cells. We can get our repairs into those work cells pretty nicely, cleanly, and safely.

How does this facility here in Moss Vale support and contribute to the local area?

The facility, like Shore Hire’s goal, is to try to use as many local suppliers as we possibly can. There’s a significant industry here up through Moss Vale into Mittagong. We’ll definitely be leaning on them for the supply of raw materials and other subcontract services. But we’re also able to employ locals. We’ll need to ramp up our repairs and manufacturing areas so that we can service our customers through the hire services that we offer.

How does this new facility help Shore Hire’s customers?

I think the new facility is certainly going to assist Shore Hire and their customers by improving our turnaround time on repairs, ensuring our repairs are done efficiently and safely. We have to deliver a high-quality product to our customers that is safe and reliable on-site, and we can certainly do that here.

How does this expansion in Moss Vale strengthen Shore Hire’s position in the current market?

This particular facility allows us an opportunity to add new products to our range. We support our engineering services far better by having space to manufacture products, complete repairs, and store larger products.

What notable achievements have been made since Shore Hire purchased this property?

Since occupying the facility since January 2024, we’ve been able to set up a purpose-built manufacturing area with all our manufacturing work cells in place. We’re able to get the products into the facility efficiently with really good access and plenty of space to manoeuvre products safely. We’re looking to ramp up our labour workforce and start repairing and manufacturing products for the hire fleet.

What are you excited about for this facility?

I’m certainly excited about the location; it’s a nice place to come to work. Anyone who takes on the opportunity at Shore Hire is certainly going to appreciate a really nice setting, great equipment, outlook, and a safe work environment. We’re also very excited about supporting the hire fleet, repairing things quickly and efficiently, and getting them back into our customer’s hands.

To find out more about our extensive range of products and temporary work solutions, visit your nearest branch, email [email protected], or call our friendly team of experts at 1300 SHORE HIRE.

Shear brilliance with the OSA LIV Series

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When confronting the formidable challenge of Australian hardwoods, the LIV Series emerges as the ultimate solution. Engineered with forward-thinking design principles and crafted from high-quality metallic components, these shears deliver an unparalleled cutting force while maintaining manageable weights.

Tailored for excavators ranging from 13 to 45 tonnes, each unit of the LIV Series comes with a generous 12-month factory warranty, offering contractors assurance and reliability in their equipment. Specifically designed for extracting wood blocks and roots still embedded in the ground, the LIV series wood crushers feature a robust cylinder that efficiently reduces the volume of already-cut trunks. Crafted from wear-resistant steel, these crushers excel in deforestation tasks involving large trunks with substantial resistance.

The widespread adoption of the LIV series tree shears across Australia, with over 150 units currently in operation, attests to their practicality and effectiveness. Originating from the visionary design of Kevin Curran in Australia, the rights to the LIV Series were acquired by Boss Attachments before being entrusted to OSA Demolition Attachments in Italy for manufacturing. This strategic decision was driven by OSA’s renowned expertise in manufacturing, distinguished by their exceptional quality and craftsmanship.

Key features of the LIV Series include jaw openings of 790mm for the LIV15 model and 1000mm for the LIV20, catering to diverse cutting requirements. These shears boast cutting and splitting forces unmatched by any other shear on the market, ensuring superior performance and efficiency. Constructed entirely from HARDOX and WELDOX materials, each unit carries the prestigious HARDOX seal of approval, guaranteeing unmatched strength and wear resistance.

The inclusion of a replaceable cutting blade enhances maintenance ease and prolongs usability, while piecing tips optimize performance in log splitting applications, further enhancing overall efficiency. With a fully protected O.S.A cylinder and an innovative “PRV” (Pressure Relief Valve) system, the LIV Series ensures operational safety and longevity by safeguarding against high pressure.

The LIV Series from OSA represents a pinnacle of excellence in demolition attachments, particularly suited for tackling the challenges posed by Australian hardwoods. With its unparalleled cutting force, superior construction, and innovative features, the LIV Series continues to set the benchmark for performance and reliability in the industry, making it the preferred choice for contractors nationwide.

For more information call 1300 116 661 or visit bossattachments.com.au

FAST SITE DEWATERING

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For construction site dewatering, self-priming trash pumps are cost effective, reliable and easy to set up. Aussie Pumps heavy duty 6” trash pump, powered by a Kubota 18.5 kW water cooled diesel engine, handles solids contaminated water and delivers flows to 4,200 litres per minute.

Reaching maximum heads of 35 metres, the QP-60TD will draught water through a vertical suction lift of seven metres.  The impeller is a heavy duty non clog style, manufactured from high SG cast iron.  The hydraulic design of impeller and volute is superbly balanced to obtain the best result in flow, pressure and co-efficiencies.

The pump body is cast iron and a ductile hardened wear plate is provided as standard equipment.  The pump’s 6” suction and discharge ports are flanged bolt on style.

Ideal for fast filling water carts and site dewatering, Aussie’s Kubota powered 6” trash pump comes skid mounted with integrated long range fuel tank.

The easy cleanout port means that if the pumps internals become clogged, it is simple to clean out without the need to disconnect the pipework. The pump’s body can be opened simply by releasing four toggle style hinged levers giving access to impeller and volute for cleaning and service.

Sealing is achieved by an oil bath mechanical seal running in turbine oil (viscosity ISO 32).  The mechanical seal is tungsten carbide to provide long, trouble free operation, even in trash laden or muddy liquid applications.

The engine selected by Australian Pump for the drive is a Kubota four cycle, three cylinder diesel engine, model D1105.  It comes with a 60 litre fuel tank that provides 10 hours of run time.

The standard unit is mounted on a sturdy skid steel base, fitted with an integrated centre mounted lifting bar, that enables easy cranage on and off trailers or utes.

Aussie’s compact design, in spite of its high performance characteristics, weighs in at 790 kilos. It can be mounted in a trailer or transported by a utility vehicle if necessary. Like all Aussie QP pumps, the QP-60TD is covered with a five year warranty.

Further information on the new 6” trash pump is available from Australian Pump Industries or authorised distributors throughout Australia.

 

THE NEW WAY OF TRENCHING Kemroc Chain Cutters.

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The Kemroc EK range of Chain Cutters are the first of their type on the market. Designed for use on excavators from 2 to 70 tons, they are the ideal attachment for cutting rock with a uniaxial compressive strength up to 120 MPa. They are an efficient, vibration-free attachment for the excavation of deep narrow trenches with the optimal trench profile. Trench width ranges from 480mm up to 1,300mm.

Kemroc EK Chain Cutters excavate trenches no wider than absolutely necessary. The continuous chain, driven by the cutter drums, removes the material automatically from the space between the cutter drums. With standard drum cutters, the need to remove this material on technical grounds always results in trenches wider than the cutter. Keeping trenches to the minimum width possible saves unnecessary transport costs for removal of cut material and fill material becomes cheaper. The material produced by the chain cutter is fine grained and is ideal for use as backfill.

Kemroc EK Chain Cutters reduce wear and tear on the excavator swing gear. In addition, they give a 40 percent energy saving for equivalent production rates compared to conventional rotary drum cutters without the central chain.

Kemroc are a German based company with over 20 years’ experience developing and manufacturing cutter attachments for excavators and backhoe loaders. Attention during production and assembly guarantees the highest level of quality and reliability.

Coast 2 Coast Attachments on the east coast and Monty Products Australia on the west coast are now the exclusive distributors for the complete range of Kemroc products in Australia. With sub dealers set up all around the country you can be confident in the support you’ll get when purchasing a Kemroc Cutter.

For more information contact the Kemroc dealer nearest to you:

Australian East Coast: Coast 2 Coast Attachments – Luke Preston 0409 649 710

Australian West Coast: Monty Products Australia – Greg Sharpless 0417 866 000

www.kemroc.com

FAST SITE DEWATERING

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For construction site dewatering, self-priming trash pumps are cost effective, reliable and easy to set up. Aussie Pumps heavy duty 6” trash pump, powered by a Kubota 18.5 kW water cooled diesel engine, handles solids contaminated water and delivers flows to 4,200 litres per minute.

Reaching maximum heads of 35 metres, the QP-60TD will draught water through a vertical suction lift of seven metres.  The impeller is a heavy duty non clog style, manufactured from high SG cast iron.  The hydraulic design of impeller and volute is superbly balanced to obtain the best result in flow, pressure and co-efficiencies.

The pump body is cast iron and a ductile hardened wear plate is provided as standard equipment.  The pump’s 6” suction and discharge ports are flanged bolt on style.

Ideal for fast filling water carts and site dewatering, Aussie’s Kubota powered 6” trash pump comes skid mounted with integrated long range fuel tank.

The easy cleanout port means that if the pumps internals become clogged, it is simple to clean out without the need to disconnect the pipework. The pump’s body can be opened simply by releasing four toggle style hinged levers giving access to impeller and volute for cleaning and service.

Sealing is achieved by an oil bath mechanical seal running in turbine oil (viscosity ISO 32).  The mechanical seal is tungsten carbide to provide long, trouble free operation, even in trash laden or muddy liquid applications.

The engine selected by Australian Pump for the drive is a Kubota four cycle, three cylinder diesel engine, model D1105.  It comes with a 60 litre fuel tank that provides 10 hours of run time.

The standard unit is mounted on a sturdy skid steel base, fitted with an integrated centre mounted lifting bar, that enables easy cranage on and off trailers or utes.

Aussie’s compact design, in spite of its high performance characteristics, weighs in at 790 kilos. It can be mounted in a trailer or transported by a utility vehicle if necessary. Like all Aussie QP pumps, the QP-60TD is covered with a five year warranty.

Further information on the new 6” trash pump is available from Australian Pump Industries or authorised distributors throughout Australia.

LiuGong Australia Launches New Electric Product Range

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LiuGong Australia announces the launch of its new 856H-E MAX electric wheel loader, 9027F-E electric excavator, and Aerial Work Platform. As a recognised global leader in wheel loader manufacturing, LiuGong’s latest product line reflects its continued investment in R&D and development of high-quality machinery the industry has come to expect. The company’s new electric-driven loaders, excavators and aerial work platform also represent a commitment to meeting the unique requirements of asset owners and operators around the world.

The development of their advanced electric technology is helping customers achieve their strict Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) goals, which are becoming increasingly important as part of sustainability agendas within the construction and mining industry.

The new LiuGong 856H-E MAX electric wheel loaders have been tried and tested in over 500 different worksites globally, accumulating more than 90,000 operating hours, including coal processing sites, power plants, road construction works, cement production facilities, ports and tunnels, and steel mills.

Aside from being packed with green credentials, the 856H-E MAX are not only powerful, energy-efficient and reliable, but the units are virtually maintenance free, which minimises downtime, saving operators time and money. The loaders essentially provide a sustainable choice for asset owners wanting to reduce their carbon emissions, whilst giving operators new levels of safety and comfort no matter the environment, application or material payload.

According to Louis Wei, Oceania Country Manager of LiuGong Australia, the 856H-E MAX loader is packed with smart technology that deliver real benefits to improve efficiencies and maximise productivity.

“Featuring a patented, uniquely designed control box, and fully automated electric gear-shifting system, operators will experience an increase in transmission efficiency of more than 20 per cent,” Mr Wei said.

“A 20 per cent higher efficiency of energy transfer from cancelling torque converter, plus 15-20 per cent energy-saving from the innovative energy recovery system, are also direct benefits of this new electronic control transmission system.

“In terms of adaptability, an upgraded battery encapsulation is waterproof, prevents dust build-up and is corrosion resistant. Intelligent temperature control adapts to ambient temperatures of between -30 – 45 degrees, and reverse airflow aids in dust removal.”

Mr Wei added that operators will also benefit from comfortable and easy operation driven by electric proportional fingertip control, lower cab noise, a three-level safety alarm system and IP67 harness protection, as well as a smart diagnostic and battery management system.”

LiuGong’s new 9027F-E electric excavator is a reliable workhorse showcases everything one would expect, all within a compact yet powerful unit. Featuring a world-class high-efficient motor, a load sensitive hydraulic system, as well as battery heating and automatic stop functions, operators will benefit from higher efficiency and significant energy savings.

Additionally, the units deliver zero emissions, minimal noise and vibration, and smoother operation at every swing. Safety features have also been integrated into every part of the machine, from the 48V safety voltage, MSD maintenance switch, LED work lights, emergency stop switch and advanced ROPS cab protection.

“We are confident our new excavator technology will provide operators with an entirely new experience, but offer new levels of comfort, convenience and multi-functionality,“ Mr Wei said.

“The units offer a zero tail rotation design, quick industrial 380V battery charging via a household 110-230V power source, an dual-way axillary and rotation lines. Operators will also benefit from lower costs thanks to the maintenance-free motor and battery, as well as long-life hydraulic oil.

“There are also the intelligent features including a 5-inch touch screen, central control panel, intelligent battery management system, electric proportional joystick, and adjustable auxiliary flow and pressure.”

Aside from the release of the electric wheel loader and excavator models, LiuGong has also introduced a new electric-drive Aerial Work Platform into its product portfolio, which have been designed with safety in mind, whilst transforming the way companies work at heights.

Me Wei said the Aerial Work Platforms are designed using high strength steel for structural integrity, added protection, and significantly reduced deformation in the event of collision.

“Our new work platforms provide the safest and efficient work environment possible. From a range of safety and security features, and a reinforced design that maximises stability at every height, to maintenance free materials, quick charging capabilities, and accessible controls, the machines have been purpose-built to suit industrial operations of all sizes.”

 

For more information, visit https://liugongaustralia.com.au/

CJD celebrates 50 years in the industry…..

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“During February 2024, CJD Equipment, a proudly Western Australian, privately owned organisation celebrate its 50th year in operation”.

From humble beginnings at the Guildford location, with 28 willing staff on board whom shared the vision of founders Ron Rafferty and Rob Jowett, the legacy began. 50 years later, with nearly 600 dedicated members of staff across 23 national locations, the legacy continues.

Rafferty and Jowett first met as part of the sales team of Chamberlain Industries, a Welshpool based organisation specialising in tractors and farm equipment. In 1974 a wonderful yet daunting opportunity arose to become the West Australian dealer for the Chamberlain John Deere construction equipment product. Armed with a desire to succeed, a mantra that “we will make it happen”, always be customer centric and invest in staff so they can be the best they can be, they were off and running.

The business today revolves around people and product. That’s why it’s important to have not only the best people but to also represent quality, world class products. Today, CJD Equipment operates on the National stage and represents brands in both the construction equipment and the transport industries. CJD Equipment is the national dealer for both Volvo Construction Equipment and SDLG Construction Equipment. In the trucking space is the West Australian, Northern Territory and Tasmanian dealers for both Kenworth and DAF trucks as well as the Isuzu dealer for the Northern Territory.

As Ron Rafferty always says, “relationships are the backbone of any business” and this could not be more correct when it comes to CJD Equipment. Relationships with customers are pivotal and that why CJD has always had a “can do” attitude when comes to servicing its customers. The same is true when it comes to suppliers. The entire CJD team has pride in the durations of partnerships with its supplier base with a 40 year partnership with Paccar and over 32 year relationship with the Volvo Construction Equipment product.  The length of these relationships mean we are not only in a position to talk the talk, but we can really walk the walk when it comes to sales, service and support of the products we represent.

Rob Jowett always maintains that CJD Equipment is only as good as the sum of its people, and he believes that it’s the people involved in the business, their passion, enthusiasm and commitment that has led to the long term success of CJD. It’s with pride that Rob talks about the fact the CJD Equipment has not only second generations of families employed at the company but also third generations.

In 2001 Alan Barnett joined the CJD family in a Commercial and Marketing role. It was only a short period of time until Alan had progressed his way to becoming CJD Equipment’s Managing Director as well as part of the business ownership structure. Alan shared all of the values that CJD embodied and along with Ron and Rob steered the business through a huge growth phase of the company and spear heading a rapid national expansion program following the appointment of the business to National Distributor for Volvo Construction Equipment.

Alan says, “we are a growing business, we will always want to be a growing business and at our core we are a sales business. In order to keep growing, we must keep selling and for this to happen we must deliver the best products, the best customer experiences and the best quality back up and support possible to each and every one of our customers, all of the time.”

CJD Equipment has always identified as “big enough to trust, small enough to care” and it’s this small statement that has been at the heart of the business and which has contributed in no small part to CJD Equipment being able grow in a strong national business over a long period of time whilst maintaining its founders mentality and family values.

Barnett says, “I’m incredibly proud of the 50 year milestone that we will be celebrating and I look forward watching the business continue to go from strength to strength in the many years to come.

cjd.com.au

Innovation. An essential part of the Mecalac MCR DNA.

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“We launched the Mecalac MCR concept in the Australia back in 2014 – one machine that can dig, load, handle pallets and be used as a tool holder – and the acceptance was really fantastic,” said Phil Shepley, Managing Director at Mecalac Australia. “People had never seen it before, but immediately they understood the benefits.”

Mecalac has designed its MCR so that it is compact at both the rear and the front. They can also drive at twice the speed of a standard tracked excavator, 10kph, allowing them to move round the jobsite faster and with more torque, thanks to the closed loop hydrostatic drive train, same system found in track loaders.

The MCR series excavators can also be used as loaders, using skid or loader buckets in the reversed position to move larger volumes. The bucket is supported against the blade so that the force of the thrust is transmitted directly from the undercarriage to the bucket.

The excavators feature Mecalac’s patented boom which folds backwards at 130° backwards, acting as a counterweight to provide stability. This allows them to lift 40% of their own weight, significantly more than any other excavator on the market, perfect for drainage, vegetation control, handling, and loader work.

The MCR range consists of the 6t 6MCR, 8t 8MCR and the 10t 10MCR. Each model has high power, and high auxiliary flow for demanding attachments.

Mecalac offer a range of attachments including a skid steer adaptor, allowing you to use any universal hitch skid steer attachment on your MCR. Detachable tilt hitches, and tiltrotators are also common options supplied and fitted by the team at Mecalac Australia.

With the ability to work 100% as an excavator and 100% as a track loader, the MCR is a fantastic option to reduce overheads and equipment outlay, as you can replace an excavator, track loader and the need for a TAG trailer with one high performance machine.

For more information call 1300 MECALAC or visit mecalac.com.au

ASV Introduces all-new VT-100 and VT-100 Forestry Compact Track Loaders

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ASV – one of Australia’s favourite manufacturers of compact track loaders for more than a decade – introduces two new models to the already renowned range: the VT-100 and VT-100 Forestry Posi-Track loaders.

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, allowing them to stand out as top compact track loaders in their class.

“The introduction of these two new loaders reinforces our reputation as a compact track loader specialist,” said Buck Storlie, product manager for 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.”

 

Power

ASV’s VT-100 and VT-100 Forestry come equipped with a 103.5 horsepower Tier 4 Final Yanmar diesel engine and 150 litres-per-minute 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 1,588 kilogram rated operating capacity and 4,536 kilogram tipping load, while the VT-100 Forestry includes a 1,678 kilogram rated operating capacity and a 4,795 kilogram tipping load.

The models feature ASV’s patented Posi-Track rubber track suspension. Well known 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.

Performance

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 jobsite 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 150 LPM 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 jobsite.

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 round 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.

Additionally, the compact track loaders boost jobsite productivity with travel speeds up to 14.9 km/h, and the low 4.5 psi ground pressure from the VT-100 and a 4.0 psi ground pressure from the VT-100 Forestry allows smooth performance on sensitive, unstable surfaces.

Comfort & Operator Experience

The new models prioritize comfort and operator experience with premium 360-degree visibility and a state-of-the-art 7-inch color display for improved convenience on the jobsite. 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.

Serviceability

ASV stands behind the reliability of its Posi-Track loaders with an industry-leading 2-year, 2,000-hour warranty, backed up by an impressive national service network focused on minimising customer downtime.

Ease of serviceability will also stand out to operators, with convenient features throughout each model – 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-4 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.

The VT-100 and VT-100 Forestry will also 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 jobsite during operation or the ability to complete tasks outside of the loader without needing to get in and out of the cab.

About ASV

ASV, a Yanmar Compact Equipment brand, is known worldwide as the creators of America’s original compact track loader more than 30 years ago. Today, ASV continues to build machines with groundbreaking features that allow operators to do more work in more places with maximum power, performance, serviceability and comfort.

This is made possible through innovative design combined with ASV’s patented Posi-Track undercarriage technology that provides exceptional traction on soft, wet, slippery, rough or hilly terrain.

In Australia, ASV machines are available from a national network of premium dealers dedicated to providing product and customer support throughout every machine’s entire lifetime – including an unmatched supply of parts and service. As a result, ASV owners and operators have the peace of mind that only comes with buying the best product from the best supplier.

Find out more about ASV’s all-new VT-100 and VT-100F Posi-Track loaders – plus the full range of 25 to 132 horsepower ASV machines – on the ASV Australia website: www.asvaus.com.