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Gehl Introduces the RT250 Compact Track Loader

This compact track loader can get big jobs done.

Tue April 09, 2013 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Gehl’s RT250 compact track loader has an operating capacity of 2,500 lbs. (1,134 kg) (at 35 percent tipping capacity) and a Tier IV engine.

The RT250 compact track loader is equipped with a 74.3 hp (55.4 kW) Tier IV emissions compliant Deutz turbo-diesel engine. The RT250 delivers 243 ft.lbs. (330 Nm) of torque and up to 14,317 lbs. (6,494 kg) of tractive effort, resulting in better traction and stronger digging forces. In addition, the Deutz TD 3.6 engine does not require any fuel after-treatments or periodic regeneration, which means less downtime for routine maintenance on the job site, according to the manufacturer.

The high-torque engine on the RT250 also features AntiStall technology, which senses machine load electronically and continuously monitors and adjusts the hydrostatic drive pump displacements to manage available engine horsepower and torque. This optimizes machine performance during heavy-duty cycles, but does not allow the engine to stall, resulting in faster cycle times and less wear and tear on the engine, battery and starter.

The RT250 compact track loader features the automatic track tensioning system, which eliminates the need for manually tensioning the tracks on the loader before operation. The system not only saves time on the job site, but also increases the life of the tracks and bearings by ensuring the proper tension immediately upon start-up and tension release when the machine is shut down. In addition to the automatic track tensioning system, the RT250 is equipped with an operator-adjustable straight-tracking feature that eliminates dog-tracking, keeping the machine on a straight path at all times, according to the manufacturer.

The extra-large operator’s station on the RT250 compact track loader is designed for optimal operator comfort and maximum productivity. The joystick controls are mounted directly to the suspension seat frame, allowing them to move with the operator as the machine travels. This reduces operator fatigue, enhances comfort in even the most adverse conditions and allows precise control for performing delicate tasks. Controls, armrests, restraint bar and foot pod depth are adjustable to accommodate any size operator.

Complicated gauges and cluttered dash readouts are eliminated with a customizable, easy-to- use multi-function display that incorporates all warning/operation lights. With the use of a single button, operators can page through the various screens that show all the machine’s vitals, from engine and transmission performance to controller communication faults. This display also provides access to the configuration screen to gain access to the standard “5x5” drive control system settings and other optional performance settings.

The new RT250 compact track loader features a welded, dedicated track loader chassis, unlike a skid loader chassis with bolt-on track assemblies found on most other machines. The single chassis weldment design has been a standard feature on Gehl compact track loaders and will remain an important part of the RT Series design.

The lift arm on the RT250 is designed for optimal visibility, strength and capacity. The simple “in-line” design increases structural integrity by eliminating the complex geometry and welding found on many competitive “offset” lift arm designs. Additional reach and increased dump height result in more efficient load placement and overall performance.

Ease of serviceability is important; the RT250 was designed with this in mind. A large rear hood and swing-out door provides easy access to the engine service points. The ROPS/FOPS easily tilts back on gas-spring assist cylinders providing access to the hydraulic components and electronics on the machine. Additionally, the foot pod tilts forward out of the way for quick and easy cleanout and access to the fuel tank and hydraulic components. Service performed on the undercarriage track system has been made virtually tool-free with the automatic track tensioning system. With the flip of a switch and removal of a simple lock-plate, the tracks de-tension and can be easily removed to allow access to the undercarriage track system.

The RT250 incorporates many other standard and optional features such as the All-Tach and Power-a-Tach attachment mounting systems, HydraGlide ride control system, high-flow auxiliary hydraulics, hydraulic self-leveling, complete pressurized enclosed cab with heat and air-conditioning, air- suspension seat, front/rear work lights and anti-vandalism protection.

The RT250 was designed and tested in the research and design facility located in West Bend, Wisc., and is manufactured in Yankton, S.D.

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