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Want to get a utility ATV
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InVermont    Posted 02-14-2001 at 11:31:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have never bought one, but thought that getting one with a plow kit and a few other accessories might be just what I need to do a few chores. That last snow storm wiped me out shoveling the drive to keep it clear for the propane truck. Some of the neighbors have ATVs but it seems they use them for recreation. (Plus, most of the neighbors want me to hire them to do these chores, so asking them for advice isn't an option)I would like to know if you can haggle with the sales person on the price of the ATV or accessories (like you can when you buy a car) or if you just have to take it or leave it when they give you a price. And the second question is how have people found the attachments to work? Anyone use theirs for mowing, tilling, snowplowing and hauling logs out of the woods?

Robert in W. Mi.    Posted 02-18-2001 at 21:09:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've had 3 and 4 wheelers since the 70's. Right now i have a Yamaha Kodiak, and a Yamaha Grizzly. I all so have a Honda Big Red and Honda 90 3 wheelers.
I've used most of the other brands too, as my one brother has both a 500 gas, and 500 diesel Polarus', another brother has a diesel Mule, ect...
After useing a Gator and a mule, i wouldn't give you 2 cents for the Gator.
If you want the best "go any where ATV", you need a hi-lo transmission, and 4wd, and 4 wheelers will go where the mules/gators/pugs ect. will fear to tread!!
Honda is probably the surest bet for trouble free, but i won't buy a 4 wheeler with out hi-lo range transmission, and these days i'm likeing auto trans more and more! Yamaha easily has the best auto on the market! The belt is only the trans., and NOT the clutch, so it last about forever, and never slips!!!
BTW, i wouldn't buy a Polarus machine even if it was 1/3 the price of the others, i hate haveing to walk back home!!
Both my Yamaha's are used for "severe" duty on my farm, (hauling loads of rocks ect.) and for hunting and recreation.

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InVermont    Posted 02-22-2001 at 05:27:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for the tips- I was hoping I would get a few more opinions about durability and ease of use- you've helped with your comments. I will be using this for heavy duty work around the farm and I have hills and natural springs that make some of my land swampy; I need to be able to get out of the mud if I need to.(or up a hill with a load)

Taylor Lambert    Posted 02-16-2001 at 22:20:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Heres a picture of a freind of mines home built 4 wheeler. Its got a 1400cc nissan motor and automatic transmission. He made the frame out of thinwall 2 inch sqaure tubing and made all suspension and the whole body is hand formed sheet metal. He plants wild life feed lots and pulls a small cultivator with it. Taylor Lambert

F14, with links    Posted 02-14-2001 at 12:41:43       [Reply]  [No Email]

Here's a picture of my toy.

A link to a selection of ATV forums:

A link to an article reviewing ATV agricultural implements:

A link to a site that has logging accessories for ATV's:

MikeH-Tx    Posted 02-14-2001 at 17:03:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
14, did you look at the JD gators? I have, and driven both the gas and electric versions. What do you think?

I need a machine to do exactly what you described, but haven't decided on which one yet. Your Suzuki looks great!

F14    Posted 02-14-2001 at 19:14:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I didn't even consider the JD's, I assumed they were out of my price range, and I know they are too big to be manuverable in the overgrown woods we have here. Don't have a good read on their capabilities.

A Kawasaki Mule is another option in that field.

Thanks for the compliment on the Zookasaurus, I've been very pleased.

MikeH-Tx    Posted 02-15-2001 at 16:38:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
no, not correct, the JD is $5500 in gas and $6500 in electric. Same price range as your Suzuki.

I agree on size though. I currently use an old 3 wheeler to get around on. If it were full size it wouldn't be as easy to just throw on a few things and go. Size does matter!

I have looked at the mules and a couple of offbrands. Deere seems to command about $800 more than the competition. Not outrageous for their pedigree. I am worried that I won't use it because of the size. If I need something serious, I will take the frontloader. Quick and I want something small. Seems to be no need for a compromise.

F14    Posted 02-14-2001 at 12:27:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a 2000 Suzuki King Quad. I picked this particular machine as I wanted a utility wheeler rather than a recreational wheeler. It has a 5 speed main and 3 speed auxilliary trans, which gives a choice of High, Low and Super Low for 15 total gears forward. It also has 2WD, 4WD and 4 wheel lock. In Super Low, 4 Wheel Lock and low gear, it will pull the ugly off of Tammy Faye Baker. I also opted for a winch, which has been quite useful.

I use it in the woods for fetching firewood, for pulling a trailer for hauling feed to my animals, and have used the winch for repairing fence. I have a plow for my big truck, so haven't needed that, but several neighbors plow their driveways with a wheeler, so I'd assume it works pretty good.

A couple of different folks make logging arches and other accessories for wheelers, I'll go find some websites and post them later.

Also, there is a company that makes small agricultural implements such as plows, disk harrows, tillers and cultivators designed to be used with a wheeler.

As far as price, you want to start shopping NOW, before the Spring rush begins, and it becomes a dealer's market.

I haggled a little on mine. It started out at $6200 with no winch. I got it out the door, tax and registration, with the winch in a box (installed it myself) for $6000 flat. As popular as they are, you're probably not going to be able to talk them down much, but you might get a deal on attachments.

There's a pretty good forum for ATV users available too, I'll post that when I post the other links.

InVermont    Posted 02-22-2001 at 05:20:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for the info- I really appreciate it- I haven't been on the net for awhile, so this response is a little later than it would have been. Your machine is awesome.

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