UTV Purchase - Tough Choices!
Page 1 of 5 1 2 3 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 41
Like Tree86Likes

Thread: UTV Purchase - Tough Choices!

  1. Top | #1
    rod330's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    Last Online
    07-10-2019 @ 09:58 PM
    NE Ohio
    Thanked 174 Times in 102 Posts

    UTV Purchase - Tough Choices!

    I purchased a 850D Gator in 2007 and quickly realized it was one of the handiest "tools" I've ever owned. I had to swallow hard writing the check for what seemed to be a giant toy but it's made property upkeep so much easier.

    We've decided to keep the Gator at the old family farm (56 acres) in Pennsylvania and buy a UTV for our new home in Ohio. It will be used for chores and occasional fun rides for the grandkids. At first, I wanted to save money with a used one but I'm discovering the pickings are slim. Nice used UTVs aren't much less than new prices and less expensive units are beat to death. So, we've decided to look at new models and having power steering is a very appealing feature.

    I've narrowed the list down to the following:
    1) Gator 850i - LD has a leftover 2014 Midnight Black Special Edition with PS that he's offered with a good discount. I'm not enthusiastic about flat black everywhere but it's equipped with lots of very nice features.
    2) Kawasaki 4010 Mule - about $4k less than the Gator but it's a pure "work" vehicle without many features aside from PS. I'd have to spend a little more for a spray in bed liner which is standard with the Gator.

    I haven't excluded the Kubota RTV or Polaris Ranger just yet but I think the Kubota is a more expensive heavy duty work machine and the Polaris is a more expensive off-road fun machine (perhaps comparable to the Gator 850i).

    My other concern with the Kawasaki and Polaris are the dealer mega-stores selling ATVs, motorcycles, jet skis, etc. I'd have more confidence in service and support from Deere or Kubota. Given the amount of money I've spent on Deere, I'd like to think my Pennsylvania and Ohio dealers will do more to make sure I'm happy.

    I'd love to hear your opinions and thoughts....very tough choices when trying to balance costs with advantages / disadvantages!
    2011 Deere 3720 Cab | 2007 Deere 3720 Open Station | 1974 Deere 2030 | 1980 Deere 2440
    1998 Massey Ferguson 240S | 1975 Ford 3000 | 1972 Ford 2000 | 1964 Oliver 550 | 1960 Ford 841 Powermaster
    1958 International Cub LoBoy | 1956 Ferguson F-40 | 1954 Allis Chalmers WD45 | 1954 Ferguson TO-30
    X720 Ultimate | X540 | GT225
    2014 825i Deere Gator | 2008 850D Deere Gator

  2. Remove Advertisements

  3. Top | #2

    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Last Online
    05-20-2019 @ 06:52 AM
    Near Moose Jaw Saskatchewan
    Thanked 38 Times in 33 Posts
    We are going through a similar debate except we want a crew model to replace our Gator TH 6x4. I think we have decided on the Ranger Crew as it is cheaper than the Deere, has more power and a larger box with electric lift. Our's won't get beat on so the Ranger is perfect for us.

    Case 1070 Agri King with Cab loader and 12 Speed Power Shift

    JD X485 with 62C deck
    JD 425
    JD 325 With 48 inch Deck and 30 Mechanical Tiller
    JD Gator TH 6x4
    JD 216H 46 mower and 33 tiller
    Stihl MS250, KM130R

  4. Top | #3
    Senior GTT Super Slacker Gizmo2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Last Online
    Today @ 08:22 AM
    New York
    Thanked 3,782 Times in 2,823 Posts
    Boy I wish I had your problem rod330.
    I would love to have a new Gator 850i. Our CX 4x2 Gator has been a joy to have.
    Good luck
    Levi likes this.

    JD 2320, 200CX FEL/61" bucket , 46 BH/16" bucket, Artillian Forks, 72" Snow Blade, Landscape Rake, Ballast Box, PHD, The Wife
    BX42 Chipper, XUV 560 Gator, Z915B ZTrak

  5. Remove Advertisements

  6. Top | #4
    Zebrafive's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Last Online
    Today @ 10:54 PM
    South West Michigan
    Thanked 574 Times in 504 Posts
    I have a 1996 Kawasaki Mule, 2510 4x4 gas. I bought it before JD saw fit to make a true 4x4 (the 6x4 does NOT count). Only color was red back then too. (I wanted green)

    Other than hour meter quitting and one park brake cable sizing up it has been trouble free. So I would not worry about service.

    It's not fast, It's not soft riding. It's kind of ugly blocky looking (my 1996). I have not seen a need for power steering. Front wheel wells take a lot of room (pedals are too far the right ) You have to lift the seat to see the fuel gauge ( I run it out of fuel all the time). Those are the only complaints.
    Gizmo2 and Levi like this.
    John Deere 2030 w/245SL Loader
    John Deere 6415 w/640SL Loader
    John Deere 285 50" deck Stolen May 2017
    John Deere x485 62" deck AWS
    Kawasaki Mule 2510 4x4 bought new 1996
    Ford F250 4x4 bought new 1978

  7. Top | #5

    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Last Online
    Today @ 06:31 PM
    Berlin, MA
    Thanked 833 Times in 632 Posts
    I realize that it isn't your preferred solution but, give a look at what any local Bass Pro Shop might have available. They seem to always have a couple on hand that are 2 or 3 model years back that have been sitting on their showroom floors with 0 miles/hours on them. My local BassPro has a 2012 Arctic Cat 700 Super Duty Diesel ATV (not a UTV but...) for a couple grand off of the original price as well as several 2014 gas models. Ya never know. If the price is right...
    Zebrafive and Levi like this.
    D160 Mower/Bagger.
    2014 2032R tractor/H130 FEL w/Bolt-On Hooks/54" Snow Plow/iMatch Quick-Hitch/County Line 5' Scraper blade/County Line Carry-All/Artillian 42" Forks & QH Adapter/JD Ballast Box/Frontier SB1164 3PH Blower/Leinbach PHD/Wallenstien BX42 Chipper

  8. Top | #6

    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Last Online
    Today @ 09:43 PM
    Eastern Virginia, United States
    Thanked 776 Times in 511 Posts

    Polaris discount

    I don't know if it applies in your case but Farm Bureau members in most states can get a discount on selected Polaris vehicles. It's a manufacturer's discount so the dealers are happy to work with it. You print a certificate using your membership, make a deal with the dealer and then before signing anything give him the certificate so you know it's coming off your best deal.

    Zebrafive and Levi like this.
    John Deere 790, 300 loader w Ken's Bolt on Hooks & Piranha tooth bar, grapple, back blade, box blade, Bush Hog mower, couple of red tractors, hay equipment, various old stuff some red, one orange, some I don't remember

  9. Top | #7
    johnH123's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Last Online
    Today @ 08:40 PM
    Thanked 313 Times in 265 Posts
    i would go with the gator. it has been i tried and true machine for you, so stay with it, imo. stay away from 'laris. bad trannys, touchy acceleration and bad 4wd. also, stay away from yamaha. the old rhino 450/660 are very good, never had any of the issues ive had with the new rhino 700.
    - 2002 John Deere 4510 TLB PR,
    -Woods BB60X 60" rotary cutter
    -Countyline box blade,
    -Allis Chalmers sickle mower,
    -RED windrow rake,
    -titan 48" 3000 pound forks/bale spear
    - Farm Star rear bale spear

    Yamaha Rhino 700, Yamaha Rhino 660,
    Murray 624 mower/38" deck

  10. Top | #8
    GreenFarmParts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Last Online
    07-02-2019 @ 03:40 PM
    Atlanta, IN
    Thanked 472 Times in 113 Posts
    I remember when we used to sell these. Well..............ok, we had them around. We sold maybe a few. I remember having one for the local parades and shows.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	GatorTop.jpg 
Views:	28 
Size:	120.9 KB 
ID:	54810
    Kennyd, Gizmo2, grnspot110 and 7 others like this.
    Green Farm Parts
    John Deere Parts, Accessories & Lifestyle Products
    Call us toll free at (877) 620-6070
    Email us: [email protected]

  11. Top | #9
    jdmich's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Last Online
    Today @ 07:37 PM
    North/East of Davison, Michigan
    Thanked 298 Times in 230 Posts
    I also looked at Polaris as I have Polaris quads, but it was hard not to buy Deere. I have had an 825i for 2 years at the end of this month. Never regretted it. Know what you mean, big check to write. It has done all I've asked and more,and is very handy. Amazes me what it can go threw. Bought mine with roof,windshield, electric dump, winch, front and side protection. Rides smooth and plenty fast enough for work or play. I have added cab doors and back window, snowplow and LED lights.
    Just my 2'cents
    Gizmo2, Levi, eyeboltman and 1 others like this.
    Thanks Bob
    Fire trucks are Red/Tractors are Green

    2005 JD 790. 419 FEL, Frontier Forks, 6' brush Hog, back blade,7'FEL Snowplow.
    1963 JD 4010. 7' Lucknow 3pt Snowblower
    JD 24T Baler
    JD 14T Baler
    2013 JD 825i-Cab,winch,led lights 6' Snowplow.
    1951 JD MT.
    2011 JD Z445

  12. Top | #10
    etcallhome's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Last Online
    Today @ 08:45 PM
    Preston County WV
    Thanked 2,294 Times in 1,508 Posts
    Two months ago when we were talking of getting rid of the x550 4 seater . Looked real hard at Honda and Polaris 4 seaters. For our use the Honda was going to win hands down. If Deere hadn't fixed what should have been fixed 3 yrs ago a Honda would be seating in the building.
    According to the Honda ,Polaris dealer he had fewer repairs and complaints with the Honda compared to the Polaris.
    I liked the fact the Honda has a 3 speed transmission compared to a cvt transmission.

    Price wise the Honda had Gator, and Polaris beat, has a much shorter wheelbase making it easier to get through the woods or for parking in your building.
    Gizmo2 and Levi like this.

    Have fun and be safe !!!
    USAR 8yr 8 mo SSG 99th ARCOM
    JD 1025R, H120 FEL 54" bucket, 54" mmm Auto Conn, 54" Front blade, JD back hoe ,JD IMatch, 48" Bush Hog tiller, Middlebuster from MF dealer, used King Kutter 5' rear blade, a new 47" JD Front blower and Original Tractor cab w/heater.
    We have a Red Honda Pioneer 700-4 (4 seater) w/soft top , doors, and winch.

  13. Remove Advertisements

Page 1 of 5 1 2 3 ... LastLast


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts