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My mother-in-law is looking for an ATV to drive around in her horse arena pole barn to groom the sand with a drag mat. Been a long time since I ever had anything to do with an ATV so I am looking for your advice.

Obviously electric start, automatic shift, what else should I consider. She prefers to have an ATV to be able to make tight turns and get close to the walls. She wants to pull a drag mat harrow around to grade and groom the sand.
 

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My mother-in-law is looking for an ATV to drive around in her horse arena pole barn to groom the sand with a drag mat. Been a long time since I ever had anything to do with an ATV so I am looking for your advice.

Obviously electric start, automatic shift, what else should I consider. She prefers to have an ATV to be able to make tight turns and get close to the walls. She wants to pull a drag mat harrow around to grade and groom the sand.
You are talking ATV? Like a quad with handlebars?
Or like a UTV Gator type?

A lot of nice quads out there. If she lives near you tell her to check out that Powersports place on 33 out there. Can't remember the name off hand. On the Monroe side of 33. They have ATV and UTV's

*Xtreme Machines 700 hwy 33, Millstone, NJ 08535
 

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Honda 500 , I’d get a gear shift if your going to work it hard.

Most of the major bands are pretty good machines.
 

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My mother-in-law is looking for an ATV to drive around in her horse arena pole barn to groom the sand with a drag mat. Been a long time since I ever had anything to do with an ATV so I am looking for your advice.

Obviously electric start, automatic shift, what else should I consider. She prefers to have an ATV to be able to make tight turns and get close to the walls. She wants to pull a drag mat harrow around to grade and groom the sand.
Based on your needs and must haves, buy a Polaris Sportsman 500 with electric power steering. Some will say gear drive only for doing any hard work, I beg the differ. Put the Sportsman in low gear and go. The 4x4 is magnetic and is a simple switch on the handle bars. You can pick these up used for $3500.

I've got a 2002 Sportsman 500 (no PS) that has been on dedicated snowplow duty for the last 7 years of its life, original belt and it doesn't slip, the tires lose traction. Before I bought it, it was rolled down the side of a mountain, I got a great deal on it.

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Based on your needs and must haves, buy a Polaris Sportsman 500 with electric power steering. Some will say gear drive only for doing any hard work, I beg the differ. Put the Sportsman in low gear and go. The 4x4 is magnetic and is a simple switch on the handle bars. You can pick these up used for $3500.

I've got a 2002 Sportsman 500 (no PS) that has been on dedicated snowplow duty for the last 7 years of its life, original belt and it doesn't slip, the tires lose traction. Before I bought it, it was rolled down the side of a mountain, I got a great deal on it.

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Second that. Have had 3 sportmans over the years and they are great machines . Many miles work and play with no problems. Currently have a 2000 and 2012 and both still going strong. Don’t get used as much since we bought the gator. Hunting mostly and kids ride them around the farm and up north. 2 buddies have newer ones with power steering and how nice they are to ride. Would buy one without power steering.
 

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If 4 wheeler look at the Honda line

if Side by side

Look at the Honda line. :laugh:

Love or Honda Pioneer 700 but they also make a smaller 500 just not a large rear box or dumping dump on the 500
 

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We already have a Deere XUV, but she wants a ATV with handlebars again to get close to the walls and make tighter turns. She wants to call it hers and not have farm workers use and abuse it. The arena is not to large 40x150 I planned on going to Extreme Sports on Rt 33 in Monroe to see what they have.
 

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We already have a Deere XUV, but she wants a ATV with handlebars again to get close to the walls and make tighter turns. She wants to call it hers and not have farm workers use and abuse it. The arena is not to large 40x150 I planned on going to Extreme Sports on Rt 33 in Monroe to see what they have.
Look for a ATV with power steering, your mother in law will appreciate this option immensely
 

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For powertrain durability, you can't beat yamaha. The ultramatic CVT is bulletproof, it has immediate predictable response and full-time engine braking. The new models have a 10 year belt warranty (!!!). The new EFI engines are dang nice too- just make sure your gas has no water in it or the pump will get iced up. I've never had a yamaha powertrain issue in all the years i've had them. They offer EPS on the newer Grizzly's and kodiak's.

Yamaha has the best 4wd system too. Put it in 4wd and go- you never have to worry about it disengaging and re-engaging like on some other brands. Has diff lock as well.
 

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Traded a grizzly 700 with power steering for my Kawi 750 teryx. Wish i had kept the atv. Very nimble and power steering was amazing. I can’t say enough good things about it. Great machines


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For the work you described, my list is below. This does not take into account dealer availability and accessibility.
Take the highest ranked that you have a good dealer reasonably close.

1. Honda. Either the Rancher (420cc) or the Foreman (475cc). Both have manual transmissions (electronic shift) and swingarm rear suspension. Rides a bit rougher but better for loading heavy/towing (IMO) Built for work.

2. Yamaha Grizzly 500. Rock solid, decent dealer net. Solid worker that can also play hard.

3. Suzuki King Quad 500. Rock solid, dealer network is slim.

4. Polaris Sportsman 500. Personally not a fan of the 4x4 system, but a tested and proven machine.

5. Can Am Outlander 500. Great ATV, but pricey. Hate the visco loc front diff.

6. Arctic Cat / Textron Alterra 500. This ranks last as the Textron buyout has yet to prove itself in my book.
 

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So I went over to the local dealer and looked at a Polaris Sportsman 450 EPS with the AWD/4x2 option switch. Seems to have everything that I needed and felt like something my MIL would be happy with. They were asking $6900. Is that reasonable or should I be looking elsewhere?
 

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So I went over to the local dealer and looked at a Polaris Sportsman 450 EPS with the AWD/4x2 option switch. Seems to have everything that I needed and felt like something my MIL would be happy with. They were asking $6900. Is that reasonable or should I be looking elsewhere?
Price seems about right? Be sure to ask around with friends or family that own ATV’s in regards to service after the sale at this dealership.

Many dealers offer free pickup and delivery for service related items. Personally I would not buy from a dealer who does not offer this service.
 

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450 is the little brother, get the 550cc model. Shouldn't be too much more than the 450cc... you don't want the 850cc, that's a lot of machine...

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I was just looking at a sportsman 570 with EPS and had him down to 6700, before I decided it wasn't the time for a new quad.
 

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I was just looking at a sportsman 570 with EPS and had him down to 6700, before I decided it wasn't the time for a new quad.
I would look for a used 570 with EPS. They are pretty durable and it's quite easy to see if it's been abused. I just checked used prices local to me and there's a 2018 used for $5700obo and a 2015 for $4500obo. I hate buying new.

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