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Best ATV for around the farm?

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  • Best ATV for around the farm?

    We have pretty much decided to purchase an ATV for use around our farm. Looking for suggestions on best make/model, etc. We will use it for mowing (so suggestions on pull-behind mower attachments would be appreciated as well), snow plowing (again, plow attachments will be needed), to tow various items around the farm with a small utility trailer, drag paddocks/arena (when I get one) and when the work is done (), to take it out to play on the trails a little. Terrain is varied - woods, hills, flat fields, some muddy areas. The "work" will be done on pretty flat land.

    Thanks in advance.
    Why must you chastise my brilliant idea with facts and logic? **picks up toys (and wine) and goes home**

  • #2
    If you want to do more than whiz around fast, like herding cattle or just having fun, for real work, consider not a 4 wheeler, but an UTV, a four wheeler with a dump box behind.


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      Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


      • #4
        We just invested in a Suzuki Eiger. It's our first 4 wheeler, and I picked that one after playing around with my neighbor's. I don't know anything about plow attachments, but we use ours for towing the manure spreader, aerator, seeder, and most importantly - shoving around our massive roundbales. That was the moment I fell in LOVE with it.


        • #5
          After having a Arctic Cat 500 ATV for years we upgraded to the Kubota RTV 900 this fall. I cannot imagine farm life without it!!!! It is hands down the most used piece of equipment on the farm. It has the hydraulic dump bed and a windshield which are two upgrades that are well worth the $$ in my opinion. We looked at the Suziki, Polaris, Arctic Cat, and John Deere equivalent of the Kubota RTV before deciding the Kubota was the best fit for us. We have the tractor/bush hog and riding mower for mowing and I have no need for a snow plow so, I can't comment on those things but for dragging the arena/pastures, hauling hay, dirt, rocks, kids, dogs, it can't be beat!

          Good luck finding something!
          Nani Lio Farm, LLC


          • #6
            Go for a UTV...as far as being useful, there's no contest. It can do anything an ATV can do, only with more horsepower and having the dump box on the back is useful beyond measure.
            "Argue for your limitations and you get to keep them."
            -Richard S. Bach


            • #7
              I loved my Yamaha Rhino. It had the dump bed on it. I would go with one of them again. We went with that one b/c it was the smallest and would fit down my aisles and make the turns around the corners. Some of the other brands were way too big to make the turns. So if it is something you want to take in your barn to clean stalls make sure you take some measurements.
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              • Original Poster

                Has anyone used the Groundhog loader for an atv?
                Why must you chastise my brilliant idea with facts and logic? **picks up toys (and wine) and goes home**


                • #9
                  I have a Polaris 500 ATV and LOVE it. My advice is to go with the one bigger then you think you need as far as engine size. Once you have one for farm work, you don't want to be limited by power. Started out with a 35o I think that was fine at our residential home to plow etc but died after a year of plowing 1 close to mile long drive way when we bought the farm.

                  I pull the manure spreader, brush hog, finishing mower, plow with it, harrow the pastures and indoor and pull out brush. LOVE IT


                  • #10
                    We just bought a Polaris Ranger (side by side). It has a cab and a dump bed. Also bought the snow plow. I'm going to use it for the first time today fixing fencing. I think it will be quite handy.


                    • #11
                      Another vote for Polaris Ranger UTV. Side by side is the way to go. I use the dump bed daily for something. The quick connect plow blade is fast and easy to use. We pull manure wagon with ease. Doing donuts on frozen pond fun for DH but not meEasy for people unfamilliar with ATV's to use. my older parents come out jump in it and head back to the pond with the dogs.
                      We pull a Swisher 60 in mower from TSC with it. Comfortable and has cup holders!