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Old 08-08-2013, 01:50 PM
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Reviews/opinions on 05' ASV RC85

Still have my eye out for a tracked machine to use for my landscaping and my sandbagging companies.
Was looking at a T300 but its out my price range, same dealer has an 05' ASV rc85 w/ 1900hrs for $26k.
How is the lifting on the ASV? My sandbag attachment weighs approx 2k pnds loaded.
Would like to run a brush mower also.
What specifics should I look at on this machine?
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Old 08-08-2013, 03:57 PM
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We have that exact model and lifted about 3k with it... but it didn't like it. We had a full pallet of 6x9 rec pavers. It took them off trailer and down a hill but the rearend of very light. Wouldn't do it again.

******edit. Just realized that's an 85. We have an RC50. So the 85 should be more than enough.

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Old 08-08-2013, 07:35 PM
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Ritchie site says 3400lbs operating capacity @ 50% of tip load so should handle 2k no problem.
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:49 PM
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Ritchie site says 3400lbs operating capacity @ 50% of tip load so should handle 2k no problem.
Yea I just saw that. Hoping someone on here owns one and can give some real world operating reviews.
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Old 08-08-2013, 10:13 PM
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Undercarriage costs are more than what the machine is worth. You can do better.
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Old 08-09-2013, 01:42 PM
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Anything specific I should look at for the undercarriage? Aren't they similar to the Cats?
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Old 08-09-2013, 02:47 PM
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Anything specific I should look at for the undercarriage? Aren't they similar to the Cats?
Same as the old Cat B MTL's, nightmares on tracks and very costly to repair and even to put a track on, especially the old RC series, it's not like the smaller units with the turnbuckle to raise and lower the squirrel cage, it's more like get some wrenches and a threaded turn buckle to move the damn squirrel cage back, and then pray you aren't in a sticky situation to get the track back on.
Don't do it, take my advice and other's advice, they are costly to own, repair and maintain, all for what? A smoother ride??
I've been in the MTL boat twice and once you start running through a pile of crushed gravel and concrete and seeing chunks of rubber behind you, you will start to think different.
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Old 08-09-2013, 02:51 PM
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Thanks Ron.
Same dealer has an 05' T300, w/ cab, joysticks, high flow, comes with dirt bucket and Tushhog mulcher for $38k
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Old 08-09-2013, 03:27 PM
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Thanks Ron.
Same dealer has an 05' T300, w/ cab, joysticks, high flow, comes with dirt bucket and Tushhog mulcher for $38k
Ask the dealer how many times the drive motors have been replaced.
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Old 08-09-2013, 06:01 PM
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I'd look around more also, the contractor I do work for has a Cat 277C with same undercarriage and he hates it, way too expensive to fix.
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