Been living last 6 years with two 4-wheelers-one (350 Bruin) work machine to spray and spread grass seed with, etc. One (550 Grizzly) we keep real nice just for play and scouting crops.
Borrowed neighbors gator a couple weeks ago and really liked
it-bed is so much nicer than cart we drag around-and nice sitting side by side.
Thinking of trading in Bruin on a used gator or mule or something.
to be 3 price levels:
1) Basic slow <20mph 2wd 3k->5k
2) <20mph 4wd slow 5k->6k
3) Fast 4wd
6k->out of my budget
My farms at home are all within a mile-and don't
see driving it to 25 mile away remote farms. Main uses will be wife around the
yard, scouting crops with Dad, throwing a couple bags of seed or tools in to run
out to field.
I am thinking 4wd slower version would do for me.
Can anyone talk me into spending more for the faster model, or talk me
out of 4wd and saving some money? I have no experience with them other than one
weekend-but I know a lot of people use them daily around the farm. Oh yea, no
livestock here-just grain farm. Really like the bench seat ones so you can
squeeze in 3.
Any input would be appreciated."
I thought Big Norsk gave an accurate reply from my experience:
"A lot of what works for you comes down to do you have the discipline not to
drive into almost impossible situations and can you sometimes take an extra
minute without having a heart attack.
First UTV I had was a mule and 25
mph wasn't all that bad except when doing longer road distances.
2 wheel Ranger. I get stuck a couple of times a year, I get my 4 wheeler stuck
just about as often. I always carry a suitable anchor I can screw into the
ground and both have winches and it's a few minute job to get out of any
mistake. With the mule, I had put on a 3 inch lift kit and 27 inch mud tires and
I never did dare drive into anything it didn't just drive right through.
Find the winch handy so I wouldn't want to be without one anyway and
just carry the anchor with and it's really no big deal to me.
makes that small 4x4 I think it's called the 610 and it's a pretty good value.
Limitation is I think two people is all.
For scouting, the big Rangers
are actually kind of a pain due to the wheel spacing. If you go with what they
now call a midsize, the same as my 2 wheel drive, then it's no big deal to drive
30 inch rows. I think a new midsize 4 by 4 can be found for just a bit over
$7000. They don't sell well because people want whatever is most expensive. If
you find a used midsize, you can often get a very good buy."
What UTV or 4 wheeler do you use?