NEW HAMBURG, ONTARIO – Created with the same engineering excellence that has made Argo Amphibious UTV world-renowned for quality and durability, an 8x8 XT model is now available with a Kohler Lombardini diesel engine. The XTD will now share the same fuel as other machines on the worksite, eliminating the need to haul in gasoline. Its 3-cylinder, 24 hp, 1,028 cc engine provides optimal power at higher RPMs, making it an ideal choice for the heaviest duty cycle industrial applications.
Similar to the gas-powered 8x8 XTI model, the XTD features a towing capacity of 907 kg and payload capacity of 608 kg. The direct drive triple-differential Admiral transmission delivers torque to all eight tires for virtually unstoppable power on even the roughest terrains. The 635 mm tires with Argo’s unique tread provide optimum traction on land and propulsion in water.
With a box-frame construction, fully sealed polyethylene body and oil bath axles, the XT models have even longer maintenance intervals than earlier Argo models. As service stops cost time and money – especially in remote locations – Argo has simplified and extended the maintenance schedule of the XT models. All maintenance is now grouped into three categories based on hours of service. To further decrease maintenance requirements, Argo now offers an optional automatic Lincoln chain lubrication system that provides 5 sec of chain lubricant for every 15 min of driving time. The body panels can be removed and the firewall detaches, offering technicians 360° access to the engine.
Add the new load-tested Argo universal mounting system (UMS), and Argo extreme terrain vehicles can be transformed into a power source, welder, sprayer or whatever equipment is required as well as switch between attachments quickly. Such versatility means that working Argos can do more jobs, reducing the need to purchase task-specific equipment. Operators can carry and power a wide variety of tools, including drills, pumps, jack hammers, augers and log grabs.
Tracked or wheeled versions are available. One option for 2014 is Argo’s 457 mm heavy duty rubber track system designed for heavy commercial use in bog, muskeg, mud or deep snow. Available in quad or tandem styles, this track system includes heavy duty steel guides, enhanced sidewall tires with reinforced steel rims to prevent tire pops and bent rims. The profile of the 610 mm turf tire is more rectangular than a standard Argo tire to allow for maximum contact with the tracks and superior traction. This heavy duty track system completes Argo’s commercial lineup of optional tracks, allowing operators to customize their Argos to suit the task and the terrain.
Tracks are also available for the Argo eight-wheel trailer. With tracks, trailers follow behind and will not get bogged down in the roughest terrain, including muskeg and deep snow, and they leave a lighter footprint.