Porter Press Extra: Young Civil & Excavation

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[SPONSORED CONTENT] From grubbing to grading and beyond, a brand new ASV compact track loader is set to provide multiple machine solutions for this multi-disciplined Queensland contractor.

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Young Civil & Excavation director Brendan Young with his brand new ASV loader

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Young Civil & Excavation director Brendan Young is no stranger to compact gear. As part of his multifaceted Shailer Park-based operation in Queensland, Brendan has used a variety of skid steer equipment on various medium- and large-scale projects over the years.

The ASV compact track loader on these pages, however, is the first example of hardware from the American manufacturer to join Brendan’s machine fleet. Despite only having used it for a day or two, he says he’s already impressed.

Brendan’s model is an ASV RT-75HD (heavy duty), and it has plenty of heavy-duty tasks ahead of it too.

"I can see already that it’s going to offer us plenty of versatility day-to-day," he says.

I primarily bought it for back-filling and smaller site cuts and generally barrowing dirt. But I can see that, with the right attachment, it’s going to offer a fair bit more for us. We have a clearing and de-grubbing job coming up soon, for example, and I can already see that the ASV with a mulching head is going to work well.

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Loading even large truck and trailer units is no sweat

"There will be aspects of the job that’ll be too small to bring a dozer in for, so the track loader should give us a fast turnaround and we can use the bulldozer somewhere else. It just frees up the right machine for the right job."

Two-stage gearing means the ASV can cover ground at a decent pace when required, shortening Brendan’s cycle times with a 15km/h top speed – he says it’ll be just as quick as a mini excavator. What’s more, with a 300kg rear hydraulic ripper fitted to his example, he says the ride is much smoother and overall easier to control than that of similar skid steer machines he currently has on his fleet from other manufacturers.

"I instantly noticed the better sound deadening in the cab too; over the course of a big day on the machine that will make it a more comfortable tool to use," he adds.

"And it has good visibility as well."

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Faster than a mini excavator, smoother than a skid steer

TOUGH AND VERSATILE

Distributed throughout Australia by Porter Equipment, the ASV compact track loader line-up has grown to now incorporate no less than nine models, ranging from the entry-level 1.6-ton ASV RT-30, up to both civil and forestry specification versions of the 5.5-ton ASV RT-120.

Brendan’s RT-75HD sits towards the upper end of the range, with a working weight of just over four ton and a tipping load weight of 3,437kg. The ASV RT-75HD’s intercooled turbo diesel pushes out 74hp (55kW) and a decent 300Nm.

To deal with the dust and debris of the average worksite, ASV has engineered plenty of failsafe features into its compact track loaders, including temperature-controlled variable speed auto-reversing fans and a robust radiator system. The ASV RT-75HD also features a dual-stage air intake cleaner.

While Brendan has opted to have the rear hydraulic ripper fitted to his ASV, the machines are designed to take a number of attachments depending upon the discipline at hand. Optional attachments available through Porter Equipment include backhoes, pallet forks, brooms, rakes, stump grinders, trenchers, a vibratory roller and a multitude of bucket designs.

The tasks might vary, but ASV has also ensured a distinct through-line when it comes to the ergonomics of the range’s all-weather cab. Despite the compact footprint, Brendan’s ASV RT-75HD features convenience specification you might only expect to find in a mini excavator, such as an adjustable seat with built-in operator presence switch, integrated lap bar, a rearview camera, audio system and an in-cab 12V power port.

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The rear hydraulic ripper works a treat

Adjustable front-facing halogen lights and a back-up alarm are standard, and the machine features a polycarbonate Lexan-fitted door for extra protection. Rollover and falling object protection is part of the package too, making ASV’s compact track loaders well-suited straight from the distributor, without the need for extra third-party safety fabrication.

In ‘heavy duty’ configuration, Brendan’s ASV RT-75HD measures in at just under four metres long (including rear hydraulic ripper) and 1.8m wide. The machine stands a shade under 2.5 metres in height, while maximum arm height is 3.1m, with 41° of bucket pivot available.

The next step for Brendan is to up-spec his ASV with GPS.

"We do a lot of sub-division work where we might be forming 200m roadways; I have GPS on other gear we own and it’s really impressive technology. I think with a grade attachment on the ASV, GPS is going to make to make it even more of a versatile machine.

"I’m familiar with skid steers and compact track loaders, so this isn’t unknown territory for me or my guys. But after getting the machine in the yard in the morning I was pretty much on to it by midday; it’s intuitive to use, has heaps of grunt, and a useful 6 in 1, 2 metre-wide bucket to match. It’s fast across the ground and the amount of attachments available means we can use it on all sorts of upcoming projects too.

"Like most companies around here, we have plenty of big machinery on-hand. But these small machines are vital too. I’m happy to have the ASV on the fleet, that’s for sure."

 

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