Goldhofer and Schopf jointly release the fourth generation AST-2 tractor, codenamed Phoenix
24 November 2015
Goldhofer and Schopf recently announced that they would jointly release the fourth generation of the AST-2 tractor, the AST-2P/X, codenamed Phoenix. The company, formed when Goldhofer purchased Schopf in January 2015, is offering two versions of the tractor: the base model, and an extended version featuring additional horsepower for more acceleration and a higher towing speed. “We took a blank sheet of paper and designed the next generation from scratch,” said Hubert Schaller, Goldhofer’s COO, adding: “Our proven hydrostatic drive system, now combined with a differential lock, offers a new level of manoeuvrability.” Aircraft pickup takes less than one minute, according to the company, and the driver’s cab sits higher than previous models, allowing the driver to see and handle all obstacles. Of course, the cab can be raised and lowered as needed for underbelly pushing or towing.