Utility and Work Vehicles (UTVs)

Manufacturing Milestone - Gator Farm

Written By: 
John Arens
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Few companies have build 500,000 of any product, but recently John Deere reached a milestone when the 500,000th Gator Utility Vehicle rolled off the end of the Horicon, Wisconsin line. No UTV is more closely associated with American agriculture than the John Deere Gator, and wherever we go there are Gators doing just about every job on the farm. They’ve become a modern day pack mule, extra hand, cattle herding Border collie, draft horse, and pickup all in one green and yellow package.

Mattracks Expands LiteFoot UTV Track System Line

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Mattracks announces the addition of 2 new model track systems; the LiteFoot XL and LiteFoot HD model series to their product line-up. This addition rounds out the LiteFoot product group, now offering a selection of 7 track model systems to fit your needs for work or play.The LiteFoot XL model tracks provide ATV riders a quality entry level all-terrain ATV track system for the budget conscious. The LiteFoot XL Model features many of the same high quality components used on other LiteFoot track systems on a durable structural steel frame. With limited moving parts the XL Model requires minimal maintenance, and delivers the proven reliability LiteFoot customers have come to expect.

Best Work and Recreation Class Side-x-Side - The 2011 Polaris Ranger XP 800

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Early Side x Sides were built strictly for utility use, with all the handling characteristics of a tractor. That caught the attention of Polaris which quietly went into action. With an engineering staff loaded full of Northern Minnesota hunters, it’s no wonder the Rangers are at home in the woods; they should practically be issued a hunting license. Imagine your best dog, best shotgun, best pickup, and best hunting camp all rolled into one, and you’ve got the Polaris Ranger XP 800.

Best Heavy Duty Side-x-Side - The 2011 Arctic Cat Prowler HDX 700

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When one of the design parameters is that the vehicle must be able to carry a round bale almost as big as the vehicle itself, you know it’s going to be one tough, hard working UTV. Arctic Cat’s new Prowler HDX 700 can carry the bale, 3 passengers, and with a dump box seemingly half as big as a football field, practically the whole barn! We spent several days and 400 miles picking our way through the rocks, canyons, and desert to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and back, and the HDX 700 was as reliable as a trusty dog or sure footed horse. Driving the HDX is much more comfortable, though.

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