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The Material Handling Huddle is an opportunity for you to build more profitable businesses through networking and education. Increase your knowledge of issues, regulations, products and services vital to our industry. Develop and improve relationships with other dealers and manufacturers.

Join us at the Holiday Inn-Rolling Meadows, Ill. for an educational one-day conference, June 7, with key industry leaders giving you ideas to take back to your business tomorrow. This four-session format will include topics that are trending in the industry. Take part in networking opportunities before and during the event, plus a vendor mall for ideas on products and services to expand your product line.

2017 ProMat Guide


GEHL R Series Skid Loaders: The Next Evolution of GEHL Large-Frame Skid Loaders

Gehl is pleased to introduce the RT250 Compact Track Loader. This new model is a great addition to the innovative RT Series compact track loader line from Gehl. With an operating capacity of 2,500 lbs. (at 35% tipping capacity) and a Tier IV engine, the RT250 offers additional capacity while providing the same industry-exclusive features equipment owners have come to expect from Gehl compact track loaders.

The RT250 compact track loader is equipped with a powerful 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. (6494 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 aftertreatments or periodic regeneration, which means less downtime for routine maintenance on the jobsite.

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 industry-exclusive Automatic Track Tensioning System. The patented Automatic Track Tensioning System eliminates the need for manually tensioning the tracks on the loader before operation. The System not only saves precious time on the jobsite, 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.

The extra-large, state-of-the art 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 significantly 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-touse 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 competitors’ 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. Years of market experience have proven that a dedicated track system outperforms any other 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 best-in-class access to the hydraulic components and electronics on the machine. Additionally, the patented 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 owners have come to expect from Gehl compact track loaders 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 state-of-the-art Research and Design facility located in West Bend, Wisconsin and is manufactured in Yankton, South Dakota. To learn more about the Gehl RT250 Compact Track Loader please visit:

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