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23 Mar 2016

The UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle) has become a very popular machine today. They're as common to find as the ATV's and in my opinion just as or more versatile because the ATV's.

One of the reasons why the UTV can be so popular is because you can find a wide variety of manufacturers producing them; manufacturers that don't even bother with other sport craft production.

Polaris, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Honda, Arctic Cat. Necessities such as most popular names around who specialize in UTV production and also other sport craft like motorcycles, ATV's, jetskis, snowmobiles, etc.

I wish to talk about the other guy on the market who builds just as good a quality UTV at an affordable price. Because these guys don't concentrate on sport craft production does not imply they can't build a quality UTV.

I am not going to name every one of them but we will cover three brandnames to give you an idea of different UTV manufacturers. Again, this option specialize in other equipment manufacturing but bring their knowledge to the table to give us a good machine.

o The Bobcat 2300 4X4 Utility Vehicle comes with a all wheel drive and 4 wheel drive system referred to as the InelliTraka. This system sends chance to all four wheels automatically which helps prevent traction loss

The IntelliTraka has an automatic locking differential that engages as needed but disengages during turns to help you minimize ground disruption and wear on other vehicle components and accessories.

The 2300 possesses his own hydraulic system to operate the RapidLinka attachment system. You might have five different attachment options; a bucket, mower, pallet forks, material/snow blade plus a push broom. There is a front mounted hydraulic gear and arm which is the workhorse of the RapidLinka attachment system and contains a 500 lb lift capacity.

The Bobcat 2300 is equipped with a 20hp Kubota diesel engine along with a hydraulic automatic transmission. 25mph is among the top speed with this unit.

o Husqvarna HUV 4421Utility Vehicle incorporates either a 23 hp Honda gas and for an extra $1,000 bucks you may get a 20 hp Kubota diesel engine

The 4421 carries a very unique drive train. The all wheel drive strategy is automatic; Husqvarna calls it the terrain-sensitive-traction-system. There isn't any levers or switches, if the rear wheels commence to slip then the front differential actually starts to lock up using an overriding clutch i465. This allows for true 4 wheel drive traction for all those situations. This is a mechanical system; no electronic sensors or computers to activate the all wheel drive system.

The transmission is often a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) which can be very common in UTV's. This single speed transmission (no low range) works on the high-ratio CVT for better low-end torque. Husqvarna sealed the CVT for deep water crossings and installed high air inlet and outlet snorkels. This is standard only around the XP version.

o The Cub Cadet C466 4X4 UTV was initially introduced in 2007. It does not take first 4X4 UTV ever designed by Cub Cadet.

Even though this is Cub Cadets first 4X4 UTV design, the engineers didn't hold anything back. This quality vehicle ranks up there with the rest of these.

The combination of the fully independent back and front suspension and the locking front gives the C466 a true 4WD package

The 20 hp, 624cc Kohler Command V-twin motor puts out about 33 ft. /lb of torque. This engine has been available since 1987; so it has proven to be a good engine with this application.

With the sharp looking hood, flared fenders, mismanagement issue headlamps, brush guard and sculpted sides; this unit has a very appealing look that will attract both recreational and professional UTV buyers.

Another factor to consider why the UTV is so popular is because of its versatility. There are UTV's out there that are built simply for recreation; but there are plenty of them built for both work and recreation.
The mix of both play and work in a UTV design helps it be that much more appealing to the buyer. The more versatile the unit the more you get to your hard earned dollar.

Let's take a moment and look at several different features that make a standard UTV so versatile.

o Safety: Every UTV available has the ability to carry several persons safely from point A to show B due to the fact that every UTV's come standard with safety belts and roll cages.

Nothing against ATV's, heck I have owned several previously; but I live in a rural agricultural community where ATV's are very common. ATV's and UTV's are in fact legal to drive around in your town. But I know families that have either lost or had family members permanently confined to a wheel chair due to ATV accidents.

The mix work and recreational UTV's generally have a wider base and lower ground clearance. Lower ground clearance equals lower center of gravity; this lower center of gravity allows these UTV's being more stable on uneven terrain.

o Load capacity: UTV's are created to haul heavier loads. Most UTV's come standard having a tilting cargo bed; based on the make and model you can get cargo beds designed with a 12 volt motor that may lift the cargo bed automatically.

The mixture of a cargo bed and also the ability to tow a trailer increases the UTV the advantage of hauling greater than a standard ATV.

o Passenger capacity: As stated before the UTV has the ability to haul 2 or more people. UTV's are capable of hauling up to 6 or 8 persons depending on the make and model of the UTV.

If these two reasons were not enough to convince you why UTV's are so popular then go try a few and you will learn for yourself why they may be so popular. You might even haul one home after test driving it. It is easy to fall in love with something this versatile; not forgetting fun to drive.

For anybody who may be looking for a UTV, I'm sure there is one available that will suit your needs perfectly. Because there are many manufactures out there producing these vehicles you'll have plenty to choose from. Make sure you go and try out several vehicles prior to a final decision.

They are vehicles that the whole family can enjoy driving or just riding in; this may be one other reason why UTV's are so popular.


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