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    Who all owns a 2011 or 2012 Gator and what are the pros and cons

    Been looking at Gators lately and want to hear your input on them. Most of the guys I know either own a Polaris Ranger or something similar for hunting purposes and for use on the farm or ranch.

    Before the later models came out, they'd usually say that the Gator didn't have enough ground clearance, but that isn't true anymore as the new models have 11 inches of clearance.

    The diesel powered models have always perked my interest.

    What I'd like to know is will I have to expect drive belt issues after extended use? On some UTV's the drive belts break or slip and have to be replaced frequently.

    Just want to hear your experiences with 2011 and 2012 models.

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    I don't have a 2011 or 2012, but I do have an '05 HPX Diesel. Before the HPX I had one of the 4x2 and a 6x4 and never any problems with them and loved them all. What model are you considering, the 850D? When I finally where out the HPX (not for a long while hopefully) I'll be getting a new 850D with deluxe cab, it makes it really nice for plowing snow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Martian View Post
    I don't have a 2011 or 2012, but I do have an '05 HPX Diesel. Before the HPX I had one of the 4x2 and a 6x4 and never any problems with them and loved them all. What model are you considering, the 850D? When I finally where out the HPX (not for a long while hopefully) I'll be getting a new 850D with deluxe cab, it makes it really nice for plowing snow.
    Yip, I'm leaning towards the 855D. I've got one JD with a Yanmar and it has taken abuse and held up fine for decades. Starts easy every time and uses very little fuel. Since I'm not wanting something for sport use, a Gator will do just fine for my needs. I'll definitely use it for hauling purposes and maybe even occassional towing. Sure could've used one long before now.




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    I too do not have a new Deere Gator, but I do have a 2008-ish (forgot its year) diesel XUV. Mine has the un-sealed belt enclosure. It is used for everything from hauling dirt, seed and other items to towing, spraying and playing. I have only had the belt slip on me once when my wife tried to cross a ditch with over 2 feet of water. We are still on the original belt and battery. That has been a great rig and i would buy another one without thinking twice. The diesel has been easy on fuel and fun to use. I hope you find someone with a new one, but it seems people keep these things for a long time.

    I also have a polaris Rzr xp 900 and the quality of the deere is much better than the polaris. The Ranger is nice, but just not as trouble free IMHO.

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    When the time is right, I'm hoping to purchase a new Gator and equip it with whatever accessories would fit my uses. Will definitely get a winch mounted on the front. I need to look at the beds a little closer. If they don't come with a bed liner, I'll have the bed sprayed with the truck bed liner material.

    As much use as I'll get out of a Gator, I had better outfit it with everything I can from the start. It'll be used around a cattle operation as well as crops. Don't know yet if I'll take it deep in the woods when deer hunting.

    Might also take it DEERE hunting sometimes.




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    i have a couple of gators, i have a 625i and a 855d. they do come with a spray in bed liner option. it is a great feature that i have in both of mine.
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    i have a couple of gators, i have a 625i and a 855d. they do come with a spray in bed liner option. it is a great feature that i have in both of mine.
    Since you own both, how does fuel usage compare?

    Is the diesel noisier than the gas?

    If you had to sell one, which would you keep and why?
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    Ok,

    fuel consumption is about the same i am running about a gallon every 1.5 hours or 2 hours.

    I think the noise is about the same they are both very noisy, especcialy with the them being cabbed

    and i already traded my 825i in on the 625i because there was no need for me to have 50 hp for what i do with them. so i had a 850D before so i got a new 855D, and traded the 825i on a 625i. the 825i had 250 hours on it when i traded it in, if i had to choose between the 625i and 855d i would trade the 625i mainly because i have diesel tanks around on the farm and i find myself running the 855D more because it is fully enclosed and has more of a beefy sound to it. but i love them both
    John Deere x320
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    12.5 FT Frontier Hitch Mounted Finish Mower

    John Deere 332D Skidsteer

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    Work Horses:625I Gator, Gator 855D
    With the gatorpal pressure washer, and Powertach snowblade, poly roof/ windshield

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    jfoi,
    Thanks for the reply. I don't have diesel tanks or plan on getting a cab. So these are not issues for me. I do have a 16 year old kawasaki Mule. About the only 4 wheel 4x4 at that time, I want to upgrade. Mainly for the better suspension travel and better cold weather starting/warmup. It's very cold blooded in the winter.

    Is the diesel an easy cold weather starter? I am thinking the EFI of the gas engine will not be a problem.

    Until your last post I did not know you had an 825i. How was it for low end torque? Fuel usage (not running fast)? Looking at used, there seems to be little difference in price between the 625i & 825i. I also expect there might be a few low hour 825is coming up for sale from people wanting new 850 "hot rod" that just came out.
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    the diesel starts really good in cold weather, but it is always in 50 degree shop, now i do run it in the winter to go down to the horse barn and it has never skipped a beat and is always starting right up.



    the torque on the 825i is amazing, but at a cost of fuel consumption. i would run it fairly hard starting at 5pm and i can run till 9 or 10 so its running a gallon or so an hour. but if you run it harder it will be less.
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    44" front blade w/ angle kit

    John Deere 455
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    54" plow

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    Frontier Loader Mounted Snow Plow
    12.5 FT Frontier Hitch Mounted Finish Mower

    John Deere 332D Skidsteer

    Mowers Only: John Deere 1545, John Deere Z925A MOD

    Work Horses:625I Gator, Gator 855D
    With the gatorpal pressure washer, and Powertach snowblade, poly roof/ windshield

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