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Anyone Use a Mini-Truck on Their Farm?

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  • Anyone Use a Mini-Truck on Their Farm?

    Like this:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Mini-...#ht_500wt_1102

    Hubby thought this would be a fun alternative to an atv or side by side for a runabout at the new place. I like the idea of the closed cab and the fact that it has heat and A/C! Most are four-wheel drive too. In Kentucky they don't even need to be registered or insured to be used on the roads like an atv. Honda, Mitsubishi and Suzuki are some of the makes available.

    So, does anyone else have one?
    I would like to think I will die an heroic death...

    But it's more likely I'll trip over my dog and choke on a spoonful of frosting.

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    You DID notice that it has right-hand steering? Probably not a problem on the farm, but might be difficult on the road unless you learned to drive in the UK.

    Not owned one, though I have seen them in use at large facilities, zoo, tourist attractions kind of places. Looked like they could work.

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    • #3
      I worked on a farm that had several of these sort of vehicles. 4 or 5 of them. All were slightly different. A couple had dump beds, a GREAT feature. We all loved them. They're really easy to climb in and out of. Fun to drive, like a slow go-cart With their small size they fit down narrow pasture lanes, into the barn and up to stalls, could drive them right into run in sheds for mucking, take them out to the woods to dump the random dead deer that was hit on the road and wandered into a pasture to die (that actually happened), they fit through every gate on the property. All with the conveniences of a closed cab and bed of a pick-up truck. LOVED them!!!

      Like I mentioned, all were a little different. The one that was most coveted was the smallest that also had a dump bed. Really easy to take hay out to a large field, and then drive right into the run-in and muck, use the dump bed to unload at the manure pit. Then fill up with bedding and dump that into the run-in.

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        #4
        I did notice that! I used to deliver for the Post Office, so problem sitting on the wrong side. I just like the idea that it's four wheel drive, is enclosed in case the weather's bad, but small enough to zip around and in and out of the barn.

        I'm pretty sure this is what we'll be getting, so I'll let y'all know how it works out.
        I would like to think I will die an heroic death...

        But it's more likely I'll trip over my dog and choke on a spoonful of frosting.

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          #5
          Twisted - we posted at the same time. This is how I pictured them working. They really seem like a great idea! Thanks for sharing your experience with them.
          I would like to think I will die an heroic death...

          But it's more likely I'll trip over my dog and choke on a spoonful of frosting.

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          • #6
            I've always wanted one of the Honda 6x6 ones that comes with crawler tracks.
            http://www.carsonexports.com/node/119

            Maybe not so interesting in Kentucky, and not so good for on road, but it would entertain me.

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              #7
              That is very cool!
              I would like to think I will die an heroic death...

              But it's more likely I'll trip over my dog and choke on a spoonful of frosting.

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              • #8
                We just bought our 10-acre avocado/citrus orchard about a year ago and I generally find myself riding around on a 350 quad with a rack and tool box on the front, it can hold a few people and it's a fun & visceral experience....but sometimes I need more in terms of carrying people or just moving stuff around.

                I'm looking at the new Honda Pioneer 700-4....it can seat 4 people OR the rear seats fold down to become a rear dump (which everyone says is quite useful). Also, we can take it off the farm and ride it for offroading. It's full-time 4x4 with sweet suspension, a good deal more then just a farm-cart....but hey, you gotta have fun!

                http://powersports.honda.com/2014/pioneer-700-4.aspx

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                  That is very cool Fillmore Farmer - but WAY over our budget! We're looking at spending between $3500 and $5k for one of the mini trucks.
                  I would like to think I will die an heroic death...

                  But it's more likely I'll trip over my dog and choke on a spoonful of frosting.

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                  • #10
                    Those Honda 4x4s are pretty cool. The barn I grew up riding at and visit occasionally have a couple of those now. The BO's teenage girls sure love driving them around! I wonder if there are covers for them - kinda like a soft top Jeep? For a work truck, I would look for something enclosed. When it's freezing rain in February, and you're in a moving vehicle, the roof and windshield are so wonderful to have.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Fessy's Mom View Post
                      That is very cool Fillmore Farmer - but WAY over our budget! We're looking at spending between $3500 and $5k for one of the mini trucks.
                      You can barely buy a solid quad for $3,500....how could a mini-truck cost that little???

                      Originally posted by Twisted River View Post
                      Those Honda 4x4s are pretty cool. I wonder if there are covers for them - kinda like a soft top Jeep?
                      Oh yeah, Honda is going to make EVERYTHING you could possibly attach, add or accessorize to the 700-4...bumpers, winches, windshields, complete enclosures...even a licorice dispenser!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Fillmore farmer View Post
                        You can barely buy a solid quad for $3,500....how could a mini-truck cost that little???:
                        US Gove surplus... those types of small trucks have been used on flight lines for about twenty-five years

                        http://gsaauctions.gov/gsaauctions/a...31QSCI13214011

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Fillmore farmer View Post
                          You can barely buy a solid quad for $3,500....how could a mini-truck cost that little???
                          They are all used. I suspect that you can't get them new here because they would not be much cheaper than $15K or whatever a bare-bones ford ranger or similar costs so there would not be much demand.

                          Used cars are practically worthless in Japan after 5 years, so if there is a market for them overseas at scrap metal plus shipping cost it can be worth exporting them. In some countries (like New Zealand) where they are relatively easy to register and you want right hand drive you see a lot of used Japanese cars come in that way. In countries that have a domestic auto industry to protect (and where right hand drive is not useful) you don't see many on road.

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                          • #14
                            Dihatsu hijet

                            I've got one. Love it. I accidently on purpose bought it on eBay if you know what I mean. It's useful and cute. I've had it three years and still get in on the wrong side to drive. It also takes skill to drive stick shift on the wrong side. I bought it instead of a gator.

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                            • #15
                              I've seen one around here that has a little snow plow blade on the front, too.
                              It's a small world -- unless you gotta walk home.

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