Some utility vehicles are sleek and stylish, while others are camo’d up and ready for the hunt. With so many choices available today, how do you decide which one to buy? Determine what you want it to do on the farm day in and day out, says Chris Judson, director of product planning for Polaris.
“That’s the No. 1 thing to consider as you shop,” Judson says. “There’s no limit to what these machines can do whether you’re checking crops, feeding cattle or hauling something. Just have a good idea of what you need.”
Here are four more of Judson’s top tips to consider as you shop.
Make sure the vehicle is rugged enough for the job. Consider the engine size you need and displacement. Engines on some side-by-side (SxS) vehicles provide more power than others for plowing snow or towing a sprayer, versus simply running between fields. If you don’t need tons of horse power, then a smaller—potentially less costly—machine might work for you.
Consider how much time you’ll spend in the machine. “You don’t need to compromise on comfort,” Judson says. “Regardless of which machine you buy, drive them and ride in them [before you choose one].”
Check out the available accessories. With all the options available in today’s marketplace, you can personalize a machine to both your needs and wants. “Do you need tires with a lot of tread and durability, or with puncture resistance, or that offers low impact for wet fields?” Judson asks. “We have a whole line of accessory tires for specific jobs.” Along with that, some other considerations are whether you need a plow, winch-ready capabilities, extra cargo box capacity or even a special seat for your dog.
Make safety a priority. The majority, if not all, of the new side-by-sides are equipped with a roll-over protection system (ROPS). Be sure to ask about other safety features your preferred utility vehicle offers, Judson encourages