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Hello All!

This idea of mine won’t be happening for a couple years, but when my wife and I are finally able to move out to our property, I figure we “need” something to run around the property, and be able to haul some small things like gardening tools, shovels, water, dirt, branches etc.

Growing up, we had a regular gas golf cart on the farm... fun for a teenage boy, and worked ok trapping gophers. We never got a utility bed/box for it, but it was always a want.

Now, our current property is slightly hilly, with a low spot that is sometimes wet. The neighbor out there has some type of 2x4 Gator, which seems to go ok around our property when it is dry. I don’t know what model his is yet, but will know sometime in the future.

My other neighbor has a Harley Davidson 3 wheeled golf cart, and he seems to do chores just fine with it as well...odd machine though.

I had my sights set on a 6x4 Gator, but have learned that I probably don’t really want one of those. I would love 4x4, but I honestly don’t know if I really need it.

So, my question is, is a modified golf cart (bigger engine, posi rear end, bigger tires) with a box on it about the equivalent of a 2x4 Gator?

I figure whatever I end up with will be a project, as money isn’t growing on trees for us, so I am not brand loyal here, but do want the best bang for my dollar...which is why I am asking you all what you would do. :cheers:
 

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I will be paying close attention here -

I have 6 acres - 1/2 mowed lawn and 1/2 woods with some trails. I have been thinking about a Gator or similar for a couple years now since I can’t walk much anymore.

This is what I have learned - a 6x4 gator would be great but a bit overkill. Main thing to remember is there is no rear suspension. But with those big turf tires it wouldn’t be too bad.

Any gas machine - I would use it a lot with very short trips like out to the barn. A gas engine wouldn’t be best as it will never have a chance to warm up and get gas into the crankcase and not have time/temperature to burn off.

Diesel machine - this is what I really want as I already have lots of bulk storage. I really do not want to get back to hauling gas cans which I can’t lift.

So then I come to electric. This really appeals to me as I am very sensitive to noise. If I take a ride in the woods I want it to be as silent as possible.

Which brings me to an electric golf cart (car?). I would need 4WD but think I could get away without it. In the winter it would only be used on my driveway and I could put a pair of chains on it. I have seen some carts online which had lift kits and aggressive off road tires which would all be perfect for me.

So I am pretty much settled on an electric golf cart with a bed. Another contender would be a Deere TE which is a 4x2 with a dump bed. I can’t find any of these golf carts anywhere around me so when I can get some money together I will be looking at a used TE Gator. From what I have heard these things will go just about anywhere a 4WD will because of the weight of the batteries over the rear axle.

 

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Stan,

At our last acreage property we had both a golf cart and an electric Gator. The cart I bought new for the wife to her specifications with full rain enclosure and a rear seat that folded down into a pretty good deck/bed for carrying stuff -- this is a more heavy duty setup than the typical folding rear seat. The cart is a Club Car with all aluminum framing so it has the best battery utilization due to its base weight...but these are not cheap. New in 2006 with all the extras it was north of $5K and here are some pictures of it doing guest tour services during a champagne brunch. Side curtains are off, but the canopy is in place -- and i did not even have the wheel covers on it in these pictures yet. Our property is hilly and that was no issue for this cart.
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The electric Gator was one I bought used for $1200 with 1000 hours on the clock, so it needed a set of batteries and I replaced the tires and seats as well. The Gator is a real work vehicle with electric dump bed and I never had any traction issues on my gravel paths and driveways, some of which were a bit steep. It too had a windshield and a canopy (highly recommended in the wet Pacific Northwest...) and was a pleasure to use on the 2.4 acres when we owned it. I made a matching trailer from a re-purposed Gator bed and a small HF trailer frame. Here are some pictures:
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The electric Gator has no fumes so keeping it in the attached garage and using firewood from its bed as needed was no issue... :bigthumb:

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Chuck - now I know where I've seen the pic of the TE and trailer!

One of those would be perfect for me. A lot of duties for it would be picking up sticks/limbs from the lawn area like I've been doing for days now. My tractor is really hard for me to get on and off so I just did it the last few days just walking. Also have a lot of stone I would like to harvest along the creek upstream a bit - a power dump bed would be awesome for that. Do all the TE's have the power dump bed?

I have never looked at the golf carts since there is no place around here that sells them. $5k sounds really reasonable for a new top-of-the-line one to me. I see some ads where they want that much for used ones.

But a Gator would suit me much better as I need it as primarily a work vehicle. Would also be used to fetch the mail every day plus help with my multiple trips to the barn. All my tools are in my shop which is about 100 yards away. It always works out that I have to make multiple trips when working on something in the house but after the first trip I can barely make it anymore.

I've pretty much got my heart set on a TE but they are impossible to find around here. I would likely have to buy it online and have it shipped. There is one I see which is about 200 miles to my south - this is pretty much average as far as price goes in my general area.

https://www.tractorhouse.com/listings/farm-equipment/for-sale/21776983/2010-john-deere-gator-te
 

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Wingrider,

I was never concerned about running the charrge down on my property and often went a few days without an overnight recharge. The vehicle weighs 1400 pounds without a windshield or canopy, so you WON'T push it far even on the level...

Stan, that $5K cost for the Club Car cart was in 2006...so I expect to find them about double that now (certainly the batteries are at least double the price that they were a decade ago...) And, it was not the most expensive model at the time, either... For the most part the "lifted" and otherwise modified carts you can find used are ones that I would steer clear of since they have been treated as toys and not tools.

I got a smokin' deal on my Electric Gator even though it was a 1999 model that I bought when it was about a decade old. I made money when I sold it when we moved from that acreage...

The one you linked to is not that outrageous a price for a 2010 year unit, but the 1900 hours might be a concern. Check out the steering, the wheel bearings and the brakes as that is about all that can get neglected in the way of periodic maintenance on these models...at that price you should insist on new tires and batteries.

Chuck

...and Stan -- all the TE models have the power lift bed as an option...in fact the video in this thread shows a manual lift bed with the support rod being used. The regular turf Gators that have electric lifts are 12 volt like the gas/diesel engine system charging voltage...but the Electric Gator has a 48 volt electric lift to match the electric drive system. Don't be lulled into thinking you can just get a used lift from another Gator unless it is the TE series...
 

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There is a place near me that deals in new and used golf carts. They seem to do a lot of all-terrain golf carts. The ones below are not theirs but are similar to the type they offer. Some are more plain looking but have knobby tires and high ground clearance.

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I started out years ago with a new 550 Mule: HPIM1087.jpg

After 14 years of use it was time to upgrade. Not wanting to pay the price for new, I found a 2007 used "TS" Gator on CL: HPIM1211.jpg

I've been very happy with it over the past five years! It didn't have the electric bed lift when we bought it, but it wasn't hard to add later.
 

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Lowell,

Did you notice any difference between the two machines that you have had? On paper they seem to be fairly close comparisons.
The Gator is physically bigger (wider) than the Mule, more hauling space. Power wise about the same, basically, the same engine!
 

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There is a place near me that deals in new and used golf carts. They seem to do a lot of all-terrain golf carts. The ones below are not theirs but are similar to the type they offer. Some are more plain looking but have knobby tires and high ground clearance.

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Thanks - those are similar to what I have seen online. It looks like they would be fine for my terrain.

But I really need something more as a work vehicle - a power dump bed on an electric Gator would be perfect. A golf cart looks like it is more meant to just haul people. I need to haul tools, debris, dirt, and rocks.
 

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We have 2 gators, a HPX and a CS. The CS has about 100 hrs on it. I bought it used for the wife to get around our property, haul her gardening stuff and we'll use it for moving dirt when she's not around. It has a smaller manual dump box rated for 850 LBS. It's a little bigger than a golf cart, but more powerful. It's 2x4 with turfs. I found it on CL for less than golf carts are going for.

The HPX is a 2007 model. I bought it used. It was owned by a little old man that drove it to the dealership up the road (like church on Sunday in gator terms). It's 4x4 with power dump. It is a workhorse. That gator will do just about anything. My only complaint is it's not that tough to high center it. That's not much of a complaint unless you like to try stupid things with it.:mocking: The HPX is really quite the machine and pretty perfect for what we do on our property. I move a lot of rock and dirt around with it.

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Couldn't find a good pic of the HPX by its self

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wingrider, How much property are we talking about?

We went from a CX to the recent XUV560.
The CX with a locking rear was a GREAT machine, IMO.
Have not been able to stick the XUV560........yet. :lol:

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Wingrider,

Anything over 10 acres with slopes may not be the best candidate for an electric Gator or electric golf cart if you are going to work it all day with full loads -- even though the typical golf course is much larger than that, it is relatively flat. As you narrow your search, you need to consider the fuel type and the payload. Do you presently have other diesel vehicles? If not then you are open to look at gas powered vehicles both new and used.

The best bang for the buck of any used utility vehicle that I ever bought was this Toro Workman that had high hours (4500+) and hard treatment from a golf course. I put on tires, seats, parking brake cable, rebuilt the hydraulic brakes and replaced an axle shaft and the two u-joints (and rebuilt the other axle side...) This was only a 2WD but had a 4 speed with 2 range final drive, so the little 3 cylinder water cooled Mitsubishi engine performed very well. The bed was huge by Gator standards and its dual hydraulic rams could lift the rated load of 2000 pounds quite easily. I recall the sides would fold down to make it a flatbed. It had power steering as well. Overall a big utility with a small footprint... I paid about $450 for it and put maybe twice that into it in parts -- Toro Commercial Turf Vehicle parts are even more expensive than Deere...!!
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ChuckV - that certainly looks like a workhorse!

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Wingrider - I don’t mean to horn in on your thread but thought I could as a couple simple questions here instead of starting a new thread.

Since we are talking about 2WD Gators and such - my closest dealer (75 miles away) has this one - a 2003 4x2 Trail.

2003 John Deere 4X2 TRAIL - ATVs & Gators - Centre Hall, PA

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I know this would be a gas engine which I am trying to stay away from but was curious what engine this would have. A single or 2 cylinder engine? I am assuming it would be a carburetor and air cooled.

My other question about this and other similar Gators - it looks like the fuel and brake pedals are centered in the machine to me. It looks like you would have to sit sideways in the seat to have your feet at the pedals. Looks very awkward and uncomfortable to me.

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Wingrider,

Anything over 10 acres with slopes may not be the best candidate for an electric Gator or electric golf cart if you are going to work it all day with full loads -- even though the typical golf course is much larger than that, it is relatively flat. As you narrow your search, you need to consider the fuel type and the payload. Do you presently have other diesel vehicles? If not then you are open to look at gas powered vehicles both new and used.
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With 13 acres I would be looking at something more than a CX like we had also.
 

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One of those would be perfect for me. A lot of duties for it would be picking up sticks/limbs from the lawn area like I've been doing for days now. My tractor is really hard for me to get on and off so I just did it the last few days just walking.
This is how we use our golf cart the most. We don't have a bed on it but we have a hitch and pull a utility trailer around. However where the golf bags go we have a rack to hold rakes and other tools. The tractor is harder to get off and on all the time compared to the golf cart. Also it is a lot easier to set the parking brake and then go when going around the yard like that.

A few years ago there was a tax credit on electric vehicles that when applied to a road legal golf cart, made them free. Of course we found out about that after it was already done. :banghead: Ours is an old EZ-Go that was retired from golf duty.

I have no experience with the Gator but agree that it looks like a great option for how we use ours.
 
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