Utility Vehicle Roundup

Choose the best partner for your operation.

| January/February 2008

  • ArcticCatProwler
    ARCTIC CAT PROWLER XTX 700
    courtesy Arctic Cat
  • AusaM50task
    AUSA M 50 TASK
    courtesy AUSA
  • LEAD_PolarisRangerPlow
    Polaris Ranger
    courtesy Polaris
  • BushHog
    BUSH HOG TRAIL HAND TH4400
    courtesy Bush Hog
  • Bobcat
    BOBCAT 2300
    courtesy Bobcat
  • CubCadet
    CUB CADET UTV 4x4
    Hank Will
  • Husqvarna
    HUSQVARNA HUV4421GXP
    courtesy Husqvarna
  • KawasakiMuleTrans
    KAWASAKI MULE 3010 TRANS4X4
    courtesy Kawasaki
  • Kubota
    KUBOTA RTV900
    courtesy Kubota
  • 4420_red_cab006
    LAND PRIDE TREKER 4420ST 4X4
    courtesy Land Pride
  • PolarisRanger4x4
    POLARIS RANGER 700 XP
    courtesy Polaris
  • JohnDeere
    JOHN DEERE GATOR XUV 620i 4X4
    courtesy John Deere
  • YamahaRhino
    YAMAHA RHINO 700 FI
    courtesy Yamaha

  • ArcticCatProwler
  • AusaM50task
  • LEAD_PolarisRangerPlow
  • BushHog
  • Bobcat
  • CubCadet
  • Husqvarna
  • KawasakiMuleTrans
  • Kubota
  • 4420_red_cab006
  • PolarisRanger4x4
  • JohnDeere
  • YamahaRhino

They’re fully evolved, here to stay and taking the countryside by storm. I’m not talking about some invasive insect, but the off-road utility vehicle (UTV) that’s now available in scores of models, many brands and numerous colors. First developed for a few specialized industries, these versatile little machines have become the new choremasters for folks living the country lifestyle. UTVs are perfect for getting around the acreage and boldly going where a pickup truck dare not tread, and they have less environmental impact to boot.

In the entries on these pages (and at www.Grit.com), we’ve included a roundup of the latest and greatest UTVs to get you started.

Workhorse of a different color

UTVs aren’t intended to completely replace your tractor or truck, but they perform many of the same functions with relative ease and have the added benefit of ATV-like nimbleness. Unlike traditional ATVs (all-terrain vehicles), the UTV carries its passengers in side-by-side fashion and is easily operated by anyone of legal age who can drive a car with an automatic transmission.

As their name implies, UTVs are designed to be very utilitarian. The basic layout is a compact pickup truck configuration with passenger seating ahead of a small bed. Though the bed is much smaller than an actual pickup truck bed, it is plenty big for use around the home place. Nearly all side-by-side UTV beds offer a dump feature (some are power), adding to their versatility. UTVs can be harnessed into moving snow, grading earth, pulling mowers and tillers, and all manner of hauling. Several of the heavy-duty commercial grade UTVs can even provide hydraulic power to accessories.



Practical pulling

Most UTVs are powered by an efficient four-stroke, single or twin cylinder gasoline engine ranging in size from around 300ccs to more than 750ccs. For more serious applications, some UTVs can be ordered with an optional diesel engine, which might be well worth the premium if you plan to put a lot of hours on the vehicle or already have a diesel tractor or pickup. All UTVs in this roundup feature automatic transmissions, generally continuously variable designs.

Since UTVs are intended to be used off-road, four-wheel-drive is a popular option. These vehicles will go just about anywhere you point them in two-wheel-drive, and are nearly unstoppable with all four wheels pulling. When maximum traction is required, a locking differential will keep power to the ground. If you plan to use the vehicle on steep terrain or plan to pull stumps, consider a model that has a dual range hi-low final drive.





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