GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Oct. 9) — ASV Inc. introduced the first rubber-tracked utility vehicle in the market, the Scout SC-50, which features its patented rubber track undercarriage technology. The Scout's design features a 50-horsepower diesel engine, seating for two and a flatbed rear deck with capacity for two tons of cargo, according to the firm.
It can sustain almost any terrain with minimal surface damage, the company said, and has the option of being fitted with front and rear hydraulics and attachments, such as a snow blade and an industrial-grade hydraulic dump box. The vehicle can tow up to 5,000 pounds, and the company anticipates it will begin initial production late in the fourth quarter of 2006.
ASV President Mark Glasnapp said for heavy duty applications, such as construction, forest fire suppression or utility and pipeline system maintenance, the Scout represents a mobile work platform that can be fitted with a spray rig, elevated work platform or fuel tank. And for lighter utility applications, such as golf course maintenance, snow removal or municipal and park maintenance, it offers "versatility with a light foot print," according to a release from the company.