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Looking at UTV (side by side) atv's ???

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  1. himark

    himark Well-Known Member

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    Looking at UTV (side by side) atv

    I am looking at a 09 JD diesel gator or a 09 Polaris Ranger. Which one do you guys like? Main use will be around the place but also for taking to sporting clays shoots. Any good bad or uglies about each?
     
  2. Catpower

    Catpower Molon Labe TS Supporters

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    We have had 4 Gators, all diesels and love them, the first ones I bought were before they came out with 4 wheel independent suspension, then I traded mine in for one of the new ones and my wife drove it she said to call them and tell them to bring her one of the new ones out, we love them

    As a matter of fact tomorrow I am getting new tires on mine wore them smooth in 550 hours, but the gravel it drives on mostly is fairly tough on them

    One thing I will say is when the diesels are cold they do vibrate a little but not that bad

    The only thing that has ever gone wrong with any of them is the parking brake on mine, and that was caused by me and the grand kids forgetting to release it until we smelled it while were we driving it
     
  3. oz

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    the polaris' parking brake will not let you move until you take it off.
     
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    The Polaris will ride much smoother. It will also be much faster. It has a rear axel that can be unlocked to make driving easier and tire wear much better. The Deere will likely out last the Polaris but I doubt if you will ever wear out either as both of their lives will be long. Don't know if the Deere has the unlocking rear axel. At a sporting tournament you will see all kinds of Rangers but very few if any Deeres.

    Both will do the job you are talking about but most prefer the Polaris. Making personal vehicles is Polaris's main business. Deere does many other things well.
     
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    Some good feedback! The diesel appeals to me mostly because it is readily available at the place unlike gas. Plus I have have a young daughter that loves to drive these things and not sure I want it to go to fast. I wonder if you can lock out some thottle on the Ranger?
     
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    Get the best of both worlds, a Polaris diesel . Our 2011 has been a great machine so far,30 mph tops and very easy on fuel. Lots of power to pull out the bull moose this past fall. Ken
     
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    The gators axle isn't locked all the time it has a differential lock if you want it

    I have friends that have both they are both good machines but in our area nothing holds the resale like a Deere in case you ever want to trade or sell
     
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    I have a 2010 Ranger 500 HO. It is the single cylinder version. I like the machine a lot. It is one of the few side by sides that I fit in easily. I have had the following problems: Both side panels cracked in the same place where they attach to the frame just behind the seats. It is an obvious design defect. The seat posts broke off also in the front where they go into the snap in receptacle. The new seat has a much stronger design. The side panels were around $100 each. The seat was almost $400. As far as I am concerned, they should have been under warranty. No such luck. The vehicle has never been off of either pavement or gravel paths at sporting clay courses. I shoot on a squad where the other guys have a Deere and a Rhino. No such problems. Nice machine if you don't mind paying for parts now and then.
     
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    I do not know which is best, however check the leg room. Some side by sides are a little short when it comes to leg room.

    Letts
     
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    I have a 2012 Polaris Ranger 500EFI. I bought it mainly for shooting sporting clays, but I also use it around the house and for deer hunting. It has been a good machine. I have put very low hours on mine - owned since March with only 15 hours. It is still on it's break-in oil. I hated to pay the money for it, but it reminds of a cell phone.....never knew how I got by without it.

    Don't know where you are located at, but google Abernathy's in Union City, Tennessee. They are #1 Polaris dealer in US, and sell cheaper than anyone.
     
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    We have the Yamaha Rhino Sport Version. Outstanding product, no problems.
    I did not want diesel (a drop on shooting clothing is hard to remove). Great
    looks, many compliments at Sporting tournaments.
    Good Luck,
    Gary Owen
     
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    try to fit 3 people in a JD? if you have kids- jd does not have a center seatbelt! POWER STEERING--not amust but-nice!!
     
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    Kubota RTV. The others are just souped up golf carts.
     
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    Kawasaki Mule, best automatic tranny out there
     
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    I have 2 Artic Cat Prowlers, a HD 650 & and a HDX 700. Both have been vary dependable machines. The Artic Cats have alot more leg room than most other brands. The pic. is of the 700 with the gun carriers I build installed in the back.
     
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    You can get a bench seat in a Gator at no extra cost
     
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    polaris has an optional key (yellow) that cuts speed to (i think) 12 mph. It is an add on.
     
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