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Aspen Equipment Announces Release of New Drive System

The non-mechanical, self-propelled drive system interfaces with OEM chassis software and hardware for easier operation and increased safety.

Thu August 27, 2015 - Midwest Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Aspen Equipment Co. announced the release of its new Aspen Drive System, which is a non-mechanical, self-propel drive system that interfaces with OEM chassis software and hardware for easier operation and increased safety and efficiency over traditional mechanical systems. According to Todd Foster, Aspen Equipment vice president of operations, who was integral in the system’s design, “Aspen Equipment answered the industry’s need for greater safety, efficiency and ergonomics. With an intuitive radio remote control, a single operator does not need to climb up and down from his post as the system ’talks’ with the Allison transmission and chassis Engine Control Module (ECM) to control forward/ neutral/reverse shifting, service braking, emergency braking and acceleration.” The Aspen Drive System has a design patent pending and it’s been very well received by Aspen Equipment customers, especially when they learn of its price vs. a traditional drive system and the fact that it simply interfaces with the proven Allison automatic transmission, minimizing potential mechanical issues.

“The Aspen Drive System can go up to 6 mph vs. competitive systems which usually go about 3-1/2 mph. It’s also easy to install, has positive braking for safety, it’s impossible to drive through it so users can’t damage anything — and there’s virtually nothing to maintain beyond standard chassis maintenance.”

Foster said, “The pricing and complexity to install bolt-on, mechanical drive systems became a barrier and led us to design our own system for our rental fleet and customers in railroad, bridge inspection and paint striping applications. Whereas other mechanical systems can require up to 100 hours to install at a cost of $30,000 to $40,000-plus and have a high potential for damage and a $20,000 repair bill if the operator doesn’t use it precisely as directed — this new drive system is set to revolutionize the industry.”

The Aspen Drive System is currently available by calling Aspen Equipment.

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