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ATV makes and models
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Annie    Posted 03-18-2002 at 07:29:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello! What makes and models ATVs any of you folks using for farm chores? Polaris Sportsman 500 we're thinking. HOnda is expensive. Yamaha? Kawasaki Prairie? Their suspension systems, brakes, transmissions might DIFFER by make, but which is BETTER, one over another, in the 500-600cc category? Your opinions are much apprecieated.

LG    Posted 10-25-2003 at 15:00:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
By all means. For farm chores my choise is a Polaris with an automatic transmission. I own a 500 Sportsman. Traveling over rough farm land is a smooth ride. Stop and Go with long idle time doesn't heat up the water cooled engine. The size is big enough to tote shovels, axes, etc. on the front, with a large tool chest on the back plus a 15gal hand spray rig behind the seat. It will outrun a horse while checking fence. Most of the time it won'y run off while working on broken fences either. Not recommended, but you can stand or sit side saddle while operating it in difficult situations. We've even roped cattle off of it. It's worth every penney it cost.

ShepFL    Posted 03-19-2002 at 09:27:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have 2 Kawasaki Prairie 400s. Bought them used and rebuilt them both. I like the rigs ALOT. Neither is 4x4 but I have had them in places I wish I had it. For the added expense of 4x4 I substituted with a winch and carry a come-along if way out in the woods.

I like the direct drive shaft, 2 range auto trans. (LO and HI) range. Has done everything I asked it to do. Reason for buying these was parts availability and ease of use.

Tried the shifting thing on King Quad while out West elk hunting. To troublesome in my opinion especially when trying to crawl out of a hole. Due to easy trans. wife liked mine so well I bought here one of her own.

Greg Vt    Posted 03-19-2002 at 07:44:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Try not to get caught up in the bigger is better mentality. I've got a Honda Rancher 350 that constantly amazes me. Lat fall I pulled a twenty foot water logged butternut tree out of the mud next to my driveway no problem. I plow my 800ft driveway with it (had four storms over 24" last year) with no problems using chains on the back.
My buddy has an artic cat 500 that is a nice machine but it is BIG. The Honda 350 is much more compact and manuoverable (sp.). The one thing I don't like about it is it is full time 4x4 although I think the new models are switchable. One more thing to think about is direct drive vs belt drive. Once the belt gets wet on a belt drive you are stuck. There are an awful lot of OLD Hondas out there. Pretty much bullet proof.

mouseinthewall    Posted 03-18-2002 at 17:03:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi we're trying to figure out what ATV make and model would be best too for work around our place. Those bigger ones are sure expensive- 6000-7000$+. The Polaris 400 would cut some of the cost vs the 500, and has the same features. Same with Yamaha line-Kodiak cheaper than Grizzly but Polaris has the independent rear suspension and the others makes don't. You can check the web for ATV motorhead boards and get some idea there but much of the chat is about racing and how fast they can go.

Chevy Gal    Posted 03-18-2002 at 15:02:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a Polaris Sportsman 500. I've had it a year and a half and LOVE it! They are on the high end of the price range but completely worth it. My neighbors have Big Bears and seem to have numerous problems. I don't care for how they ride either. The Sportsman is care free. My parent's and I use it around the farm as well as for joy riding. I like the fact that I can put it in 4 wheel drive when I need it and is automatic. I can go places where my neighbors can't. I enjoy mine. Best of luck whatever you choose.

Harry    Posted 08-16-2002 at 14:21:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have had my Polaris 700 Sportsman for 3 years now and i can do anything and everything on it I love it.My mom and dad and I use it at the farm and everywhere else. It is GREAT i wouldnt have any other type of ATV than a Polaris .
Its Awsome!!

Hogman    Posted 03-18-2002 at 13:30:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have a Honda 250 quad 4 two wheel drive,bought new in fall of 87. Has hauled many tons of hog manure,several cords of firewood,rocks,dirt,hay bales and bagged feed 4to 500# plus me at a whack. Has lived most of it's life outdoors in all kinds of weather.
It looks rougher'n a cob and twice as long but tha old thing will still snap Your neck. But,it was startin ta get a little noisey in tha engine so Last fall We bought a 250 Artic Kat two wheel drive. Now I use it all the time and Maw Hog uses tha Honda which is not often so We figure it's good for another 10 or so years like that.

I stay off it now as brakes,shift etc are not tha same and We figured reflex action could get Me bad hurt or killed. This way I have now learned to think Kat.

As ta why We bought Artic other'n some other?I guess it just looked good and Honda has changed a lot.
Would I buy another A.Kat now? Not too sure.,it rattles (plastic) which I hate but cannot cure.It came up missing a lug nut on the first tank of gas which leads Me to believe it was not on there to begin with and I payed way too much for a replacement. It does have a low range which gives 10 speeds and is a nice feature.The electrical setup is noway as convenyent as tha old Honda's. The head lights are fixed ,two of em but like a PU, You turn,They look straight ahead where with tha old Honda tha light turns with the handle bars plus You can pull it off the mount and use it as a handheld searchlite.
Honda engine same displacement but much bigger,smoother. Kat is Kaiwsakiwhatever.

Given tha opertunity I'd try out some of Them befor buying. Too, I see no need for so much horsepower or even 4 wheel drive and I gar-un-tee You spend much time runnin around these ole hills'n hollers and You'll know about such things. JM2ctsW

Slim    Posted 03-18-2002 at 10:29:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a Polaris 500 now, and love it. I use it like a tractor, more than I should. Before it I had a Honda 300, it was okay, and a Suzuki king quad - hated it, piece of junk. Good luck with whatever you decide on.


F14    Posted 03-18-2002 at 10:38:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
What was it about the Suzuki that ya didn't like? I've been happy with mine, but I don't use it real hard either. Just curious, not trying to start an argument or anything.

Slim    Posted 03-19-2002 at 10:38:49       [Reply]  [No Email]

Not trying to start a fight either. The biggest problem with it was the transmission, couldn't get it to go in reverse - no matter what. As it was under warranty I took it back the the dealer. They tore it down, replaced some pieces and parts, and sent her home with me. I only thought I had trouble before. Tranny kicked out of gear repeatedly after that, would grind between gear shifts, and still wouldn't go in reverse gear. Took it back three more times. Gotta give the dealer credit they tried everything, called it a lemon, and made me a deal on the Polaris. Wouldn't suprise me that the one you have is an outstanding machine. I'm funny about things, once I get a bad taste I'm done with it, and won't go back.

Respectfully, Slim.

F14    Posted 03-19-2002 at 14:14:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can certainly respect that. Same way I feel about Crapsman power tools...He!! will freeze over before another one shows up in my garage.

I haven't had any of the problems you listed, sounds like maybe you did get a lemon.

Thanks for the feedback.

Ludwig    Posted 03-18-2002 at 13:48:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
My friend Skip has had the zuki like Fawteen's
for probably 13 years now, still runs great.
They've had to replace the plastic rear fenders
twice, but other than that and batteries and oil
its been trouble free.

kraig WY    Posted 03-18-2002 at 08:39:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Lets . Paint Guilding, cow pony and anything else you ask of him

Annie    Posted 03-18-2002 at 16:55:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now that's what you call horsepower! They're beautiful!

F14    Posted 03-18-2002 at 07:39:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Can't speak to the 500-600CC category, other than to say I've heard good press on the Kawasaki.

I have a Suzuki King Quad which is rated as a 300 (280 actual). I bought it primarily due to the transmission setup. It has 3 ranges, Hi, Lo and Super Lo, as well as 2wd, 4wd and 4wd Lock. In low gear, Super Lo range and 4 wheel lock, it'll climb a cow's face. Top end in 2wd hi is about 40 or 45, way faster than I have any desire to go on a 'wheeler.

This combination, with a winch, works great for me in the tight quarters and nasty terrain of my woodlot.

Ludwig    Posted 03-18-2002 at 13:46:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm with Fawteen on this one. I've been
considering a wheeler for the farm and this is
one of the models I'd play with. Not super fast,
but plenty of gears. 4wd and the front diff lock
is great for mud and ruts. Smaller engine is
easier on gas. 4 cycle is way easier to have
than 2.
Most of the zukis are smaller than the other
4wd machines which means you can fit the
wheeler and some stuff in a mid-size or
compact pickup and have some room left
Sure the 500cc has more adrenalne power,
but at $2500+ MORE expensive what you
gonna do with it?

hugh spencer    Posted 03-27-2002 at 17:47:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
honda i have front mounted winch constant 4wheel good clearence easy handleing and I can go as fast as any body starts in the coldest weather I can plow snow easy pulls logs & trailors but that !$@^(%)%)(*&^%$ electric shift Oh yeah thats why I bought it , my wife drives it. Good all round bike.

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