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Offline chevytaHOE5674

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Re: please help on atv purchase.
« Reply #40 on: September 15, 2009, 08:57:39 PM »
Um... My Rincon is liquid cooled and plowed snow in western U.P. of michigan up until I got it.

They must have plowed often and always. There are times i have trouble blowing snow with a 7' two stage thrower on a 100hp tractor.

If you have the time to plow often then your golden.

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« Reply #41 on: September 15, 2009, 09:12:54 PM »
before we go on any further, i would like to say that i'm really jealous of all the white stuff you folks up north get. we get some here, but not like the old days. where is a good old blizzard of 93' when you need it? in 93 we got 125" of snow.(the whole year) (4ft in one storm) you probably get 125"   in one storm. :'( i really don't know why i'm so worried about the dang plow.

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Re: please help on atv purchase.
« Reply #42 on: September 16, 2009, 07:50:15 AM »
I know a guy north of Shingleton, Van Meer actually just south of the Bear Trap, who plows with a newer Polaris.  I'm not sure of the size.  He builds ramps out of the snow and just keeps going higher pushing the snow off the end :)  He's semi retired and has lots of time too  ;) :)  I'd recommend a fuel injected machine.  They're much more convenient to start in the cold :)
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« Reply #43 on: September 17, 2009, 09:42:59 PM »
Kubota 900 RTV...You can get the extra hydralic hook up if you were to need it....Drive post, run jack hammer...etc.   A little more pricey than some of the others though...Tim
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« Reply #44 on: September 17, 2009, 11:02:30 PM »
I think I chased price, clearance and a strong frame when i bought my Yamaha 400 over the Honda, i've put 9000km's on it in 5yrs and now looking to upgrade. The Yamaha has been a tough machine mainly used for mustering cattle and goats and has now replaced my horse, the biggest problem I have is constant 4wd, i do a lot of night time spotlighting for roo's, deer and pigs and driving around in the scrub steering with the right arm while I am holding the light with the left for hours on end takes its toll on my shoulder and elbow. One other fault is the half foot plate to often sticks gat driven up into my boot or ankle. >:(

I have a real old honda with the fuel tank under the seat seen better days but still going,  I was leaning towards a Polaris but there is a few new brands available down here now that might warrant a look, like the Can-Am's. Its a bit hard to know who to trust for advice, When I bought the Yamaha, I was told they had the strongest frame then last week I went to the Kawasaki dealer to get a 2 wheel agg bike and he said they were getting a lot of Yamaha atvs traded with cracked frames. I had some drovers on the stock route that were  working for a cattle station that only ran Honda Foremans funny thing is these drovers said the station mechanic would replace the frames with a home made heavy duty one before they got used.
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« Reply #45 on: September 20, 2009, 09:37:24 PM »
How about a good used Foreman 500 with standard tranny if price is an issue. If it's a work machine I would never have an automatic tranny. But that's just me. I have a 2005 Foreman & I can't kill it . It skids logs, jerks over trees, pulls a wagon load of wood uphill, plows snow, grades roads, And it makes a great attachment to the beer cooler......Cheyenne
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« Reply #46 on: September 21, 2009, 08:46:03 AM »
Kubota 900 RTV...You can get the extra hydralic hook up if you were to need it....Drive post, run jack hammer...etc.   A little more pricey than some of the others though...Tim

I should not have bragged on this rascel ...it started making a racket this weekend...going back to the dealer this morning...sounds like its comming from the transfer case...only does it every once in a while.... :( >:(  Tim
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« Reply #47 on: September 21, 2009, 10:49:11 PM »
mountaineer,

Newbie here...I'm by no means an expert, but Honda's don't have front locking differentials...in my opionon a must have feature on an ATV that is going to possibly get stuck in the woods or encounter off camber logs at slow speed.  Honda's are known for reliability, however I don't think you can go wrong with most any of the majors.  If your gonna want to plow...heavier is better.  I think most A/C and Polaris (which I have) are heavier than other machines.  Many A/Cs also have a standard 2" reciever...so you don't have to add an adapter to pull standard trailers about.

A/Cs and Polaris have TONS Of factory accessories available and are generally thought of as great utility/work machines.

Every machine has pros and cons.  What is your budget?  Did you look at Yamaha Grizzly?  Grizzly's have a great reputation as do anything, with adequate power, great 4WD system with front locker, and loads of aftermarket parts available.  It's not the best at anything, but it is *DanG good at everything.  Just my 2 cents.

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« Reply #48 on: September 22, 2009, 08:43:38 AM »
Kubota 900 RTV...You can get the extra hydralic hook up if you were to need it....Drive post, run jack hammer...etc.   A little more pricey than some of the others though...Tim

I should not have bragged on this rascel ...it started making a racket this weekend...going back to the dealer this morning...sounds like its comming from the transfer case...only does it every once in a while.... :( >:(  Tim

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Re: please help on atv purchase.
« Reply #49 on: September 22, 2009, 11:50:13 PM »
Banjo,

 Not really ATV's but useful non the less.

 The RTV had a spline issue in the front as well. It is likely that they fixed yours or it went out after the factory found the problem. I like those the only thing is there is little room for a taller tire and hence more under axle clearence. I put 12" rims on mine so I could have a better tire selection. If you guys REALLY get out in the boonies, Goodyear makes a Run Flat Mud Lite (see first pic) that can easily get you out of the woods and back home w/out issue (Tested that on a logging job a few weeks back ::)). I was hauling about 900-1100 lbs per load on the racks, luckily it occured unloaded. so I just headed out the mile long skid trail. These tire would also work on a true ATV.

Been plowing w/ mine for 5 years or so. I put a used Meyers on it (6') I see where you can get plows for RTV's, Polaris's and Gators thru one of the catalogs now, like $4000 :o I dont have much in mine as I cobbled together most of the parts from my truck plows. I have really put this thru it's paces and it has held up exceptionally well. As for the drive belts I am ABSOLUTELY amazed at how well those belts hold up on a CVT tranny. It's almost a little surreal, at times I would think "no way it's gonna snap under this load/ situation" Never one issue.

 The last pic is of an older HPX gasser I had first.

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« Reply #50 on: September 23, 2009, 08:44:40 PM »
my 2006 suzuki has a belt driven automatic, and i promise you that it will run out of traction a long time before the belt will slip. ive pulled some huge loads behind it and have yet to slip the belt in low range. ive treated it rough ever since ive owned it and other than brake pads have done nothing to it.

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« Reply #51 on: September 24, 2009, 09:01:48 AM »
Sorry about that.  I guess the diff.. would be  All or Rough...My bad....Tim
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« Reply #52 on: September 29, 2009, 04:23:40 PM »
You can put lockouts in the front wheels of Hondas, for about $ 350 but I have never chosen to as I have never seen the need & I do some hellaious hauling out of the woods. When the snow hits I just put chains on & keep going. Just this morning I made 5 trips out with the ATV wagon loaded with 12" hemlocks 8' long a 3,000 lb. load and a lot of it is up hill. The trick is to build up speed & keep it rolling & when to down shift & how much gas to give it so you don't spin the wheels. Once you start spinning your dead or if its wet out don't even think about it. Now if someone would invent a steel wheel with spikes like on a skidder for an ATV I would be their first customer.......Cheyenne
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« Reply #53 on: October 01, 2009, 08:34:36 PM »
Got a Honda Foreman love it starts everytime. Keep oil changed new plug once in a while can't go wrong. Splitter

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« Reply #54 on: October 03, 2009, 08:38:56 AM »
well it's done. I went on vacation for a week and when I got back to town i purchased a new 2007 suzuki kingquad 450 efi with independent suspension. all the reviews by people online love this machine. I didn't buy a honda because the honda guy told me not to get the foreman because it isn't water cooled. he told me to get the rubicon. he had a 2007 new but the reviews from several people on this model were pretty scary. 4 out of 10 had major problems with it. it also does not have independent suspension. tha arctic cat dealer didn't give me a good enough price and the suzuki lady was really good to me. it's also 30 minutes from my house if i need service. I paid 5499$ out the door with 1.99% financing. I didn't care about the 2-3year model year difference because i plan to keep it as long as possible. by the way, I love it. drives real nice. most places I have gone have been in 2wd. i went places my 4wd truck will barely go on the 4wheeler in 2wd. i was amazed where this thing will go with 2 wheels pushing. i did purchase a 17 cubic foot metal dump cart. and before i got it 50 ft into the woods i flipped the cart. it's junk. it tossed and turned and would release the lever to dump every 5 ft. i guess i need something beefier. any suggestions? one thing i did notice is backing the cart up is a lot different than in a truck. took me a couple trys. :D   

                             thx for all the help,

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« Reply #55 on: October 03, 2009, 10:46:12 AM »
Now that it is done, we will be interested in seeing some pics of moving wood with it.  8)

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« Reply #56 on: October 04, 2009, 06:39:30 PM »
Boski makes an atv wagon I have 3 & I highly recomend them. Their at ATVwagon.com.....Cheyenne
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« Reply #57 on: October 05, 2009, 08:23:34 AM »

 I think what you bought is a garden tractor trailer , they are not real good with a garden tractor , with a bike it gets a lot worst .  ;) You really need a wider tired trailer to pull behind the bike, the pole needs to be longer and it will be much easier to back up. Shorter the pole harder it is to move it straight backing up .
 My dad has an older 250 quad 4x4 and he does evry thing with it , it has been to the shop a few times but it also has gone through two sets of tires , I dont know how many miles it has but rarely does it sit still for a day .
  You should have a bike that last on long time .
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« Reply #58 on: October 05, 2009, 06:05:08 PM »
Congrats Mountaineer.  If your happy we're happy ;D
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« Reply #59 on: October 06, 2009, 02:03:12 PM »
About the junky cart. I was at Paducah KY Gander Mountain to look at a Polar trailer and the guy said they had a more bang for the buck trailer in back. He was right. It's made by Otter X-ST and is still listed in their catalog.
This same trailer looks to be the Arctic Cat branded trailer I saw in a local dealers storeroom. It's a stout trailer and plenty big.
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