Hoelscher's Li'l Spike - Your Best Shot at Good Grades
We always have work to do around the yard or farm, and a couple times a year that includes grading the drive to take out the holes that somehow develop on their own for no apparent reason. In the past that has meant a rake and shovel, but it’s darn near impossible when the drive is one step below the hardness of concrete. Thankfully, we’ve finally solved that problem and now we’ve got a tool that makes it a whole lot easier.
Everybody loves to explore a new ride area, and regardless of where you live, there is almost certainly a great riding area within a day’s drive. With summer here it's time to load up the trailer, gather up your family and riding buddies, and head out for a little off-road vacation. Go do your best Louis & Clark impression and explore some new territory of your own!
A Mountain Ride on Honda's Best 2015 Fourtrax Rancher
Since the introduction of Honda’s original Rancher 350 over 15 years ago, top-of-the-line ATVs have ballooned up in both displacement and physical size to a point where a machine like the original Rancher would be considered an “introductory” machine. In fact, the biggest machines on the market can be a handful even for highly experienced riders, and for almost every type of riding situation, we prefer something that is easier to control and much more forgiving on the trail.
Look outside any creaking, cabin door where the machines are stabled much like horses were a hundred years ago and you will almost certainly find a Polaris Sportsman ATV or Ranger Side x Side. No other lineup has enjoyed more success and acceptance with outdoor enthusiasts, mostly due to Polaris designing machines with the features that appealed directly to their needs. It was a match made in heaven, and finally hunting, fishing, camping enthusiasts, and generally anybody that enjoyed time in the woods had a machine that fit their lifestyle perfectly.
Turbochargers work by funneling the hot exhaust gas through a small vein turbine, creating a rapidly spinning shaft attached to a similar vein turbine that forces cool air into the airbox and air intake tract. This pumps more air through the engine, creating more horsepower. In theory it is a simple system. In practice though, turbochargers can be finicky mechanisms that run on the extreme edge of performance thanks to the very high temperatures and high RPMs. They require excellent bearings and consistent lubrication to remain reliable.
The last decade has not been kind to Wolverines, whether it was the economic downturn felt by the Wolverine State of Michigan, the four-legged forest dweller, or the cellar dwellers of Big Ten football, the Michigan Wolverines. All three were seemingly on the brink of extinction, and even the comic book character Wolverine was killed off in recent months, but there may be hope on the horizon.
While it’s fairly easy to find a way to prop up an ATV to get a corner or an end off the ground, a 1200+ pound SxS is another story. Having a small jack with you can turn a big problem (and perhaps an injured back) into a small ordeal. There are several SxS related products on the market. We’ve also found that a trip to an auto salvage yard with a few bucks can get you a compact scissor jack that is plenty strong to lift your SxS.
I was less than 100 yards into the RockHouse loop of the world famous Hatfield-McCoy system and I already knew it was going to be a great day. Light overnight rain had erased any dust and a few low areas of the trail even held small pools of water to splash through. Early fall in the mountains of West Virginia meant the leaves were just beginning to turn, but the temperature was also cool and it was a perfect day for riding. Today I would be testing Honda’s new FourTrax Foreman Rubicon 4x4. In every way I felt right at home.
Anyone who spends time perched on top of or pushing a mower around the yard knows the Ariens name as one of the premier makers of lawn and garden equipment for homeowners. Ariens doesn’t just limit their reach to residential customers, though. Through their heavy duty Gravely brand, landscape professionals and turf managers have been tackling about any tough job using professional grade, reliable Gravely equipment they can count on all day, every day.