ASV restores North America’s first compact track loader prototype

ASV restores the first compact track loader prototype in North America.

ASV Holdings Inc showcases the company’s history with a restored Ag-Track, the first compact track loader prototype in North America.

Built in 1988, the machine broke new ground in the construction industry and led to ASV’s first commercial compact track loader, the Posi-Track MD-70. The cosmetically restored Ag-Track is now on display at ASV’s headquarters in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

“It’s exciting to see the original design go new again,” said Cary Safe, who has worked for ASV since the company was founded in 1983. “I helped build the original Ag-Track machine, and it laid the foundation for what ASV is today.. Working on the original unit and then helping to restore it almost 35 years later has been quite an honor.

The intention of the ASV team with the restoration of the appearance of the original machine is to symbolize the journey made by the manufacturer. Founded in 1983, ASV originally invented the Track Truck, an all-original vehicle designed to deliver all-weather, all-terrain performance. While the vehicle was popular for snowmobile trail maintenance, ASV customers wanted more, asking for the ability to power accessories for other applications while still taking advantage of the Track Truck’s incredibly low ground pressure. .

In response to this demand, North America’s first compact tracked loader, the Ag-Track, was born in 1988. This tracked machine can be paired with attachments for maximum versatility.

To gauge interest in the product, North America’s first compact track loader was showcased across the country, demonstrating the unit’s versatility. Feedback and test results would later lead to the first commercially available compact track loader in North America, ASV’s Posi-Track MD-70 in 1990.

ASV restores the first compact track loader prototype in North America.

To restore the machine, which has spent the better part of the past 35 years moving between ASV properties, the Ag-Track was stripped down to the frame. Components have been sanded and sanded, fiberglass has been repaired, armrests have been reupholstered, and more. The ASV team used as many stock parts as possible. The only new parts on the restored Ag-Track are the seat, headlights and several pipes.

The original team of builders were invited back to the ASV facility for the official unveiling in mid-May, including ASV co-founder Greg Lemke. Since the unveiling, visitors to the ASV Grand Rapids, Minnesota headquarters can view the restored Ag-Truck in the visitor entrance lobby.

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