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    ATV vs UTV based on my needs

    So I'm looking at both for my property of 10 acres. One of my requirements is to tow and pull a boat or two out of a launch. The two boats in mind are 800 to 1200lbs in weight. Also like the idea of a box to haul things in. Width isn't an issue as I need to make new trails here so I'll make wide enough for a UTV or bigger.

    Could an ATV safely pull a boat this heavy out of a Launch?

    Currently testing a Yamaha grizzly 700. While it has tons of power, I question its ability to pull a boat out of a launch that is similar in weight. Plus I'm not sure it'll be the best choice for working around the yard.

    Open to a UTV but I find most tight for leg room at 6'2. The prowler pro seems the most comfy.

    If I go UTV, not many dealers here. Yamaha, Polaris, Prowler, Can Am and Deere are the most available and most reputable dealers.

    Although Yamaha is my preference, their UTVs seem small for leg room and noisy. Prowler is really quiet but not sure of quality? Deere is not too comfy either. What about Can Am or Polaris are they decent?

    Looking for opinions on UTV brands above to see what is reliable and good quality.

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    Being this is a John Deere forum, I will start out the recommendation with an 835 E, M, or R John Deere. I think you will find that there is plenty of leg room in the 835 series.
    If you want a diesel, it would be an 865 E/M/R
    They all have a 2000 pound tow rating.
    Don't know much about the other brands.
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    For me Honda Pioneer 700 they also make a 1000. The other day I had all the wood I could put in the bed rounded up almost to the top of the roll cage and 3 rows deep about 3" past the folded down tail gate. I was mid way up the hill behind the house when I loaded . Put it in drive and started up the hill no problem what so ever. The day before I had my 4' x7' trailer loaded down , and it pulled it with no problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthernGreen View Post
    Open to a UTV but I find most tight for leg room at 6'2. The prowler pro seems the most comfy.
    IMO any UTV/SxS is better than a ATV.
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    For a long days work a UTV is more comfortable, your back will like it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by arlen View Post
    Being this is a John Deere forum, I will start out the recommendation with an 835 E, M, or R John Deere. I think you will find that there is plenty of leg room in the 835 series.
    If you want a diesel, it would be an 865 E/M/R
    They all have a 2000 pound tow rating.
    Don't know much about the other brands.
    I prefer dealing with John Deere dealers for parts and service vs Snowmobile/motor cycle dealers.
    The deere's are nice and I'd prefer one too but any I've been in my big feet are kind of cramped trying to control throttle. Would be even worse with boots on.
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    Get a side by side/UTV if you want to take passengers with you.

    The main thing I do not like about my 1996 Kawasaki Mule is the pedals are centered and the front wheel wells take up too much front "foot space". You have to drive almost sitting sideways, unless you are alone.

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    For me I have owned both a kubota x900 rtv and now the JD Gator 835M. The Gator is a very nice machine, I just not for sure how well the brakes would hold on an incline (emergency/parking brake). I haven't had any issues but I don't park on an incline like I assume you would when pulling a boat. Kubota was a very work capable machine, but of the two I am very glad I have the gator now. Seats are adjustable in the gator also.
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    For use you are describing, the UTV makes the most sense.

    Polaris was the industry leader in SXS market, and I believe they still are. The ranger is a great rig (and I'm not a Polaris fan).

    Honda had the historic reputation, but they are relatively new to the sxs game.

    JD and Kubota are great utility rigs, but far less on the "play" side, if you have interest in that.
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    NorthernGreen, It just dawned on me, I think another issue is traction with either a UTV or a ATV.
    With this load I ran out of traction before power.

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