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Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Bradford County
Re: UTV - K Mule, CC Volunteer???
I have owned a few and been around several of them.
It all depends on what you want to do with one, but keep in mind, that if you think you just want a work horse, eventually you will be doing some trail riding, and you will be thankful at that point if you have one that works well for that also.
I believe the Kubota is a true work horse, but they give up a lot with trail riding, as they ride rough and don't have the best ground clearance, and a bit louder with cab noise the diesel.
The Polaris Ranger is a nice machine for work and trail riding combo machine.
I have 2 Yamaha Rhinos and love them, but I do mostly trail riding, and minimal work with them, but they are very capable of hauling a load of fire wood etc.
I just bought (yesterday) a new Can Am Commander. Three of my friends bought the same machines in the past 2 years and have had great luck with them. They are a beast on the trails, lots of /hauling/storage room, ride and handle great.
A lot of good choices out there, including the new JD Gator. I have owned and rode UTV'S since around 2005. If I were to give advice on things to look for and think about, it would be this.
1. Be sure it is comfortable riding, independent suspension is a must for ride and traction.
2. Be sure it has at least a 700cc engine, don't need the 1,000.....but I think the 500cc's are a bit under powered for a UTV. They will work, but there is a noticeable difference.
3.Look at the ground clearance, the more the better when in the woods or crossing streams.
4. Cab comfort, as in bucket seats or bench. None of them have a ton of room, but some are worse. Sit in the seat and ask yourself how comfortable you would be after riding for a hour. Some bench seats are like a 2x6.......or worse !
5. Working load for the box, how many lbs you can haul. This is important if you intend to use it for a lot of hauling of wood.....etc.
6. How well they will maneuver in the woods. Some machines are very big and bulky to get around in the woods. Some of them have more "cab" room, but are like driving a buss through the woods.
7. Some machines have a holdback in the driveline that's helps hold the machine back going down hills, as opposed to just free wheeling. That is a nice option, not a must, but a bonus.
Hope some of that info helps, can't stress enough to get one that rides nice and is comfortable to sit in, you won't regret that.
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