I have a small fleet already. Just adding to the inventory. The dirt toys include a CJ5, Suzuki Samurai, Super Duty Power-stroke, and a ‘16 Polaris Sportsman 570 Sp Touring. The side by side is more for fair weather trail riding, and the wife’s (and dog’s) comfort. Jeep’s are great but let’s see ya do 80 miles in a day on Jeep roads. In the snow it’s Imping.Mine is an old CJ5 Jeep. It is not all that much wider, but quite a bit heavier than a typical 2 place UTV... No trailer required, just license like any auto. I have a roll bar, bikini top, hard top for winter.. It has a winch on the front, a 305 V8 under the hood, 3 speed trans. It can tow a boat to the lake if required lol.. I paid $3K for it back in the day, and yet today I believe I could get $2,500 for it. Lots less expensive to own. But is isn't all that pretty to look at either lol...
Sorry but this is much more practical and useful for what I do, and the way I use it... In winter it is a snow cat I prefer lol...
Of course your mileage may differ....
Already got the windshield, lower doors, passenger grab bars and top. Putting on a winch and air horn now, waiting for a light bar. Probably still going to do some kind of bumpers, back window, and side door enclosures with a heater. No snow for catting so I’m riding this instead.Did you order any options/upgrades/etc?
The Kubota is probably the best machine out there if it is going to be used for work and not trail riding. 3 cyl. diesel engine is definitely a workhorse! Like you said ETF, it’s not fast but it certainly gets the job done. I think you made a great choice. On another note, the cab enclosure (with doors) on the Gator is very nice. Up north the cab enclosure is always something to keep in mind (especially in the winter). I didn’t have that forethought when I bought my Yamaha. They have no total enclosed cab options other than the crappy aftermarket vinyl door systems that Velcro on (POS)! congratulations on your new toy, I mean work equipment.Since my last post I got rid of the Gator XUV 550, gave it to my S-I-L, and got a Kubota RTV x1120. The Kubota is a completely different class of machine. It's no speedster but at my age, neither am I. I did take it out on the road and thrash it all the way up to 30 mph. It went up to 26 mph in a reasonable time and crept up to 30 mph over the next day and a half.
That doesn't bother me too much as I bought it to be a workhorse and that it certainly is. I haven't been able to bog it down anywhere on my little kingdom while toting all kinds of stuff. I do believe that it will outlast me.
LOL Northern Redneck! I hear what you are saying about tight places. It’s beneficial to have a little narrower machine sometimes. I have gotten my Yamaha stuck between 2 trees More than once (thank goodness for EPS!) But you know, you always have that positive moment, “I can get through there”, but you can’t!I've toyed with the idea of upgrading my cfmoto uforce 500 to something a little bigger but I take mine in some tight spots where I have only a couple inches to spare with the mirrors folded in. It does a respectable 52mph. I gave it a 2" lift and bigger 27" swamplite tires last fall. Doing that gave me an additional 4-5" clearance over the stock 10.2" clearance. Stock width is 58" wide making it not much wider than atvs. Because of the increased height, it became unstable at higher speeds so I installed 1.5" wheel spacers to widen then tire stance slightly. It helped and no longer fish tails but is still narrow enough.
As for reliability, I now have close to 3000 miles on it without a single mechanical or warranty issue. I love the dump box option as I use it for hunting, work around the yard, and firewood. It's a 2018 model. Other than the upgrades I've done, I have only had to replace one battery.
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