Choosing the Best UTV for All Your Farming Needs

Choosing the Best UTV for All Your Farming Needs

Choosing the Best UTV for All Your Farming Needs

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Choosing the Best UTV for All Your Farming Needs

Once thought to be excessive or frivolous farm UTVs (Utility Task Vehicle) are now an essential part of any farm, ranch, or homestead.  It has not taken long for manufacturers of these farm UTVs to add accessories needed for farm use.  It is not at all unusual to see farm UTVs rolling across pastures, through muddy streams, or working in hay fields.

Due to the ever changing face of the farms today, a huge tractor is often not practical or economical for all farmers and ATVs usually aren’t made to carry bulky loads. The diverse uses and the functionality of these machines have made them a staple for most farms, and at times, you may see more than one in the barn.  Highly maneuverable, these easy handling machines are the optimal vehicle for both men and women. These versatile UTVs can be fitted with dump beds, front end loaders, snow blades, tow packages and spray attachments just to name a few. Some can reach speeds of 25 mph+ and these utility vehicles combine the adaptability of several farm vehicles. For quick shifting, the hydrostatic transmissions allow you to shift as you go. The ability to shift down quickly enables the driver to even better control the machine. Not only are UTVs multipurpose, but also comfortable on the farm or on a weekend camping trip. Also, the choices of gasoline, diesel or electric allow you even more choices.

  • Gasoline UTV – More economical for smaller scale farmers is the typical gasoline UTV. Gasoline engines are relatively easier to repair; it is usually more readily available and quieter running. The gasoline machines are typically less expensive, require less maintenance and can be kept up to date with regular upkeep.
  • Diesel UTV – Diesel UTVs are typically more expensive for purchasing and repairing than gas-powered engines. But with that you gain power and longevity in a diesel engine. Also, most diesel engines require less maintenance. With more pulling power and more load capacity, equates to more torque. Additionally, with the FIS (fuel injection system) and no need for spark plugs and tune ups, you will enjoy the longevity of your diesel machine.
  • Electric UTV – With the onset of the environmental concerns of emissions and carbon footprints, electric engines are gaining in popularity. Golf carts have always known that electric engines have many advantages and thus have been popular for years. So as long as you have an outlet and there are more and more appearing outlets everywhere, you will have endless supply of fuel and can do your part at preserving the environment.

Rack-and-pinion steering and independent suspension make these UTVs multipurpose, but also comfortable. They can also be made street legal with a few twerks and a street legal kit. The days of large scale, one denotation farm is no longer the norm.  Multi small-scale farms are on the rise. Now farmers who have farms, pastures, and fields in different areas will be able to legally travel down the highway to their next plot of land. You may be seeing these traveling down a road near you.

You can find Utility Task Vehicles in every horsepower from 8 horsepower to 18 horsepower. As a general rule of thumb, the more you will use your UTV and the payloads that you are going to carry, the more horsepower needed.  Attachments may also require a larger engine and more horsepower. 4-wheel drive and 6 wheelers will need more horsepower than 2-wheel drive.

  • 2-Wheel Drive UTVs are for light work such as carry a few items and staying mainly on dry, flat ground. These are less expensive; however, are they what you need? They are usually smaller and easier to transport, but not ideal for most farm work.
  • 4-Wheel Drive UTVs are for work, pure and simple. If your land is uneven, as most are, and you have streams or creeks on your property, you will need a 4-wheel drive. No need to lose half a day getting stuck in the mud by not having the proper machine. The stronger engines will better employ all 4 wheels (4-wheel drive) enabling you to pull, push, and keep going. All four tires are engaged to pull through almost anything. Heavier loads, towing capacity, and endless opportunities to get your work done are wrapped up in these 4-wheel drive UTVs.
  • 6 Wheel UTVs have 2 extra wheels to get better traction and equally allocate weight.
    Obviously, these will be able to handle the bigger payloads. These seem to be the choice for farmers and ranchers who carry a lot of gear, equipment, or need to maneuver around vineyards and orchards. Also landscapers, grounds keepers, and a whole host of other professions that require carry cargo are using these. However, the down side is the maintenance and cost issue. Also, you have extra tire replacement cost.

With a covered top, windshields, 4 or 6 seats, and storage, it is not only practical, but essential for day to day operations of a farm, ranch, or homestead.  Farming and ranching are 24/7 jobs in all weather conditions.  You can’t just wait until the weather moves on or wait for the creek to go down.  You have to be able to feed livestock, fix fences, haul equipment (and do all before most people even wake up) in sun, rain and snow.  You may be pushing snow, going through flooding creeks or across steep terrain to get the job done.  Pickup trucks were once used for these jobs, but with the ability of the UTVs to twist and turn in tight places and maneuver with greater ease, they are used more and more. When a manager of a horse farm was asked if the UTVs are worth the price, he simply smiled, saying that they use their UTVs all day every day. Can you imagine having to have a truck for every use that a UTV does?

While these Utility vehicles may never fully replace large tractors or trucks on these farms, they do provide options. The initial cost, maintenance costs and versatility make it a must have on farms and ranchers today.

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