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« on: February 10, 2018, 04:29:50 PM »
I'm thinking about retiring my golf cart and getting a side by side. Checking to see what experience you guys here have had with ones you have. I've looked at the Polaris  and going to look at Kubota. Is poper steering a biggie? Lots more $ on the Polaris. I saw a review on the gator and it was not good.
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Re: utv's
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2018, 04:40:49 PM »
Depends on how you drive it.  Laughed at my dad getting power steering on a 4 wheeler.  But, as he said, it's cheaper than another shoulder surgery and doesn't yank the handlebars driving over a log.

Those Kubota's are tougher than most out there.  Built like 2 seater tractors.
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Re: utv's
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2018, 04:51:56 PM »
I've got a Ranger 800  EPS( now discontinued) with power steering. No problems with it.  My brother bought a Gator and after a year he traded for a Ranger 900 EPS  He spent more time taking the Gator back and forth to the dealer than he did using it. Power steering is handy.  Probably more important at higher speeds on rough terrain. Once you get above 40mph or so you'll really appreciate it.

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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2018, 04:56:28 PM »
It also depends a lot on how you plan to use it. The kubotas are built heavy, but not as good for off road as others.
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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2018, 05:33:06 PM »
Mahindra has one it's made in the US i belive
Might be worth checking out
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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2018, 05:46:29 PM »
I have a Yamaha Viking  with power steering I like.

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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2018, 06:07:33 PM »
My general has ps I would not buy anything without it. With out it it's many more turns of the wheel lock to lock. I rented a ranger in alaska last spring. It was ok. But your pretty busy turning the wheel to make any speed . A general is pretty hard to beat. 100 go. Rides very good handles  very well and has a dump body. And I was told Polaris in goo g to replace  the drive line. To a shaft with c.v.joints.my only complaint was the front end noise

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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2018, 06:28:13 PM »
We have a Kubota RTV1140CPX with 2200 hours . Great machine, slow for some, definitely not sporty. We also have a new Gator 825i. Sporty, nowhere near the machine the Kubota is, sounds like a Detroit log skidder. Has a couple of issues since new that need to be checked out.
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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2018, 07:17:00 PM »
I have a Polaris Ranger diesel.  We used to have a fleet of 4 wheelers, but we sold all but one Honda because everyone drove the Ranger.  Very low CG, but will go through swamps with ease and side crawl hills that would flip our Honda.  Has one wheel drive "turf" mode so won't tear up the grass and saves on tire wear.   Expensive?  Yes. But it's never been to the shop.  We put a lot of miles on them.   

   
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2018, 09:10:23 PM »
I have a Ranger 570.  We use it around the property, plow the drive way and some trail riding.  For more of a work rig I think I'd go with a Kubota.   The Ranger is doing okay but I'm not convinced quite yet.  Kubota is going to be more expensive I'm betting.  Kawasaki Mule was the other rig I debated on, doesn't go as fast as the Ranger but again I question if it might be a better work machine.  If you get a Ranger and want to plow don't do a Rapid Mount, I ripped my bumper off fairly quickly thanks to that setup.
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« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2018, 05:31:39 AM »
I"m not worried about speed, my age slow is good. Really don't need 4 wheel drive but think I want it. We had about 10" snow a few weeks ago and golf cart would not go in it. That don't happen much here. I'd like to get a good used one but not seen one for sale lately. I hate paying all the extra tax. My hardest use for it would probably going up to area where I cut logs into length and bring ends down to OWB, other than riding it around at end of day with a Bud light looking at what I did that day and thinking about what I'm going to cut tomorrow.
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« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2018, 06:15:27 AM »
My father bought a Chinese knock off of a rhino.  I will say he has worked the heck out of it and it has held up very well.  Can't remember the brand but there are a handful of the knockoffs out there.  Might be worth looking into for the savings.
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« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2018, 08:08:52 AM »
Was really leaning Polaris, but ended up with Kubota RTV for a couple reasons:

Workhorse: most people I know with farms or construction go with Kubota.
Service: local dealer is very reputable and service is great.
Diesel: everything we run is diesel, so wanna stay with it. It has a 3 cylinder that is a mule. Steiner uses them in there tractors too.
Hydraulics: has hydraulics in rear for implements and/or dump.
Power Steering: Yes, it makes a difference. I use the hitch on it to move my mill and edger around. Works great!

Not fast, but gets used EVERY single day. There's also aftermarket turbo kit for it that REALLY makes a difference.  ;D
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« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2018, 09:41:07 AM »
You can always make your own....

 

 
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« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2018, 12:53:28 PM »
i have a cub cadet 500 its great but will say i should have went to the 700 for a grand more it has 12in of ground clearance that is great for jumping over rocks and logs its not a speed demon by any means 45mph down hill to the floor  i like the 4x4 options to lock all 4 only did it once just to see most of the time its 2 wheel drive in less a lot of snow up hill of a mud bog in the spring I'm getting the 700     

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« Reply #15 on: February 11, 2018, 02:07:07 PM »
Cat has one now. Made by textron off road that is really a arctic cat

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« Reply #16 on: February 11, 2018, 02:28:38 PM »
Interesting. The New Holland one's are Textron, also.
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« Reply #17 on: February 11, 2018, 05:21:03 PM »
Cat has one now. Made by textron off road that is really a arctic cat
don't know why cat would ruin there good name by putting it on an artic crap  :-X :D :D

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« Reply #18 on: February 11, 2018, 05:23:59 PM »
Neither do i.

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« Reply #19 on: February 11, 2018, 05:36:53 PM »
I have  JD Gator 825i.   Have had it for several years and have never had any issues with it.   This in its self is amazing as I am hard on equipment and often fail at routine maintenance.   ;D
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