UTV Buyer's Guide: Best Buy For Ranch Or Farm
One of the fastest growing segments of the powersports market is
the explosion in popularity of the UTV/RTV. Although not really
intended to replace your tractor or truck, these four-wheeled rough
and tough vehicles can perform many of the same tasks and chores
with relative ease and have the added benefit of ATV-like agility.
Unlike the traditional ATV, the UTV carries its passengers
in a side-by-side manor and is more easily operated by anyone who
can drive a vehicle with automatic transmission. UTV's offer
greater stability and increased hauling capacity over their all
terrain cousin, and riding side-by-side increases the enjoyment for
Amazingly useful, they're kind of like a microwave oven. Once you get one, you'll wonder how you did it all before without one. It also reminds me of that first time I used a utility tractor and the abrupt realization of how much more work in less time I could get done with it than without it.
A properly equipped UTV can take hands and their tools across a huge ranch, to mend a fence or into rugged backcountry. A UTV can take a couple hunters, their dog and their gear to their remote hunting land. Aside from their utility, Utility vehicles are just plain fun on the trails, at riding parks, or at the sand dunes. UTV's can be harnessed into moving snow, grading earth, pulling mowers and tillers and all manners of hauling. Although the bed of a UTV is much smaller than that of a pickup, it is sufficient for most of the normal jobs around the house, ranch or farm. Some beds can even provide hydraulic power.
Most UTV's are powered by an efficient four-stroke, single or twin cylinder gasoline engine ranging in size from around 300cc to more than 750cc. Since UTV are intended to be driven offroad, four-wheel drive is an option offered on most. The 4X4 option will get you almost anywhere you need to be.
When deciding on which model will suit your needs best, consider what those needs are and write them down. Will you be doing heavy hauling? If yes then bed capacity and towing ability will be a major deciding factor. If you just need to haul a couple of bales of hay to the far end of the corral, then almost any of the models available will work well. Some models offer second row seating if you are moving a larger crew. Features like tilting beds and farm/ranch tool features make them the perfect utility vehicle for the Rancher or farmer.
The Best UTV For You
Honda Big Red
There's a simple reason why Honda's Big Red can tackle tough jobs
that would have other MUVs yelling uncle. Big Red works the best
because it's built the best. Proof? Just check out the features and
attention to detail Big Red offers. Proven Honda engine.
Automotive-style Honda Automatic Transmission with hydraulic torque
converter. Independent suspension, Lots of rider safety features,
and best of all, Big Red's even better for 2011, with the addition
of a bench-style seat, more cargo bed and towing capacity, and new
Maxxis Big Horn tires. When you've got a tough job - or just rugged
country to explore - you need an MUV that's big on features:
Honda's Big Red.
Kawasaki Mule 4010 4x4
When hills, mud, gravel and other natural obstacles get in the way
of a job that just has to get done, four-wheel drive is the key
feature in your utility vehicle's repertoire. And when it comes to
four-wheel drive utility vehicles, Kawasaki's 2011 Mule 4010 4x4 is
a standout performer. The Mule 4010 4x4 offers a dizzying array of
features, including a full-sized chassis, selectable four-wheel
drive system, reliable digital fuel injection, Electric Power
Steering (EPS) system, fully automatic transmission, locking rear
differential, a tilting cargo bed and much more.
Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4
Think of Kawasaki's Mule 610 4x4 utility vehicle as a standard Mule
600 with a large dose of extra functional punch: selectable
four-wheel drive. The added traction of four-wheel drive, combined
with the 610 4x4's go-anywhere personality, make it a true
workhorse on the job or at play, and one that costs far less to
purchase and own than you'd imagine. An added bonus is the Mule 610
4x4's easy transportability, as it fits easily into the bed of a
full-sized pickup. This versatility and affordability make the 610
4x4 a serious bang-for-the-buck utility machine.
Go green with the environmentally friendly Polaris EV-LSV is the
most capable electric LSV available. It offers superior performance
and all weather capability. This UTV offers a 30 hp 48V
high-efficiency AC-inducted electric motor, on-demand True All
Wheel Drive, 4 wheel indepenent suspension, 1,000 lbs. (453.6 kg)
payload capacity and 1,250 lbs. (681 kg) towing capacity.
Polaris Ranger 6x6 800
The Polaris RANGER 6x6 800 is built with unmatched traction and
capacity. It's the ultimate 6x6 side-by-side for farming, ranching,
hunting, contracting and construction work. Key Features are 40 hp
760 cc Twin-Cylinder EFI engine, independent six-wheel suspension,
on-Demand True Six-Wheel Drive (6WD) and 2,000 lbs. (907.2 kg)
payload / towing capacity
Yamaha Rhino 700 FI Auto
Not only will the Rhino get you almost anywhere, it'll get you
there with an amazing high level of comfort and ease, thanks to its
powerful engine, Ultramatic transmission and long-travel four-wheel
independent suspension. This versatile best-selling side-by-side in
America is a great choice for any ranch or farm.