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I've had the itch - trying to justify a Gator to myself. I can afford one with payments (Deere Financial) but despise having payments after a lifetime of them.

I've never bought anything as a "toy" - besides houses and vehicles, it's only been tractors and mowers that paid for themselves with my little side business over the years. I would purchase something like this only as an aid to keep up with my property.

I (and my wife) are pretty much crippled up. We can walk but not far. Have a hard time with a chainsaw and weed trimmer also for example. Use of any hand tools is out. So I am trying to envision how a Gator can help us.

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Getting the mail - driveway is ~800' long with a pretty good hill.
Multiple trips to the barn ~100 yards away where my shop and tools are.
Beong able to see/check on my property. I only have 6 acres but my house and barn are at one end. Only on the good days can I make that walk.

That's about all I can come up with. I just am having a hard time justifying a $10k++ purchase for just that.

I do have a 2520 with forks which is a huge help with everything around here but it is not the easiest thing to get on and off for me, and it's just kind of noisy.

So what am I missing? What else could I use a Gator for? Maybe I would consider one if I can find more uses for it. I have talked myself into it and out of it a dozen times over the past couple weeks. One thing that is making me think about it again - the manager salesman from our long ago closed up Deere dealership stopped by this week. While talking about this he said that for me getting a gator would be akin to when I upgraded from my 332 to my 2520. Now that made me think because I would never be able to keep living here without the aid of my tractor.
 

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If it makes your life eaiser it's a no brainer. I have a kawasaki mule and use it constantly. Just to ride around the property and inspect. Eaiser than climbing up on the tractor. Mine is a four seater and the grandkids love riding with me. with my bad legs no way could i walk my property. It's nice to have wife ride with me and it saves trips working in the yard. I am a 62 year old BIG man with bad legs and i can't think of not having it. One thing you can possibly find a nice used one. Good luck Also it would be great for taking Jake for a good run around the property.
 

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I don't have a Gator, but I do have a Polaris Ranger. It is one of the small 2011 Ranger 500 EFI ones. My wife loves it. She uses it to get all over the property, I have used it to pull the mower out of the mud, pull my utility trailer and haul junk around. Our neighbor has a Mule and he goes all over in it. He wasn't in the best of health so he did a lot of stuff from the seat of his Mule. He would go up and down the road and burn the leaves out of the ditch with a propane torch thing he had. We use ours to haul tools from the shop out to the far end of the property, only got 4 acres, but it is a long way from one end to the other when your carrying tools. We haul dirt in the bed and just back up and dump it. Since we got it I don't think we could get along without it.

Look for a good used one and you won't regret it. Of that I'm sure.
 

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Have you considered a golf cart? You can get them with 2 seats and a dump bed, 4 seats, or there are other configurations. You can get gas or electric engine.

I too would love to have a Gator, but it is way too much $$ for me right now. I picked up my '82 Yamaha golf cart for $600 2 years ago, and I use it all the time.

Check craigslist in your area, or there are probably local used golf cart dealers. You can get a pretty good one for $2500, and a great one for under $5k.
 

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I have a 2005 HPX so I may be starting a new can't get a new gator thread:thumbup1gif:

The golf cart is a great idea as a lot of the guys here have them. They do ride good but any mud and your stuck.

I would not be without 4x4 not so much for mud as for snow. Well maybe for mud too. The only weakness of the gator over other brands is power steering is only available on a couple models. Today though there are companies who make after market ones that work well. The power dump bed is a must.

Since getting it I tell people if I had it to do over it might be a tough decision on what I would get first a mower or a gator. Both get similar hours on them each year. What do we use it for.
Getting mail, hauling leaves,dirt, mulch, tools and supplies to what we are working on. Pulling a lawn roller, tooth drag, fertilizer spreader or other things where it is more comfortable than a tractor. Plus for fertilizer I can just load the bags in the back and refill as needed. For mulch, dump it in the driveway load it in the gator with the bobcat and drive where you want it and dump. With two people we can move 20 yards in maybe an hour.

My wife prefers it over the tractor because it is very much like driving a car. It gets into areas easier than a garden tractor with a lawn cart.

When my wife does flower beds, dirt goes in one side of the box, flowers in the other. For hanging baskets or pots she can put them together in the back where ever she wants and easily dump any spoils in another area.

It was always easier to get the boys when they were young to get things done, kind of like a four wheeler that came with work and it was safer for them to run.

Let's see, use to move things around the yard when it is to soft for the truck. Haul the generator and tools to somewhere out back where cordless won't do. Pick up sticks, use for saw horse for cutting boards, haul vegetable, pumpkins & hay bales. Wash pumpkins or vegetables in the back of it, up high contained and easy to do. Run something over to the neighbors. It's a long list.

A lot of dealers rent these to events each year and sell them as demos with a full warranty. This can save quite a bit of money. With the work tractors do there is things you need to fix here and there. These have an easier life like if you just drove your tractor around it would never break. Besides normal maintenance in 12 years (crap my new gator is 12 years old) the only thing I can remember fixing is a new fuel pump and a solenoid for the dump bed.

Now that I think of it I might need 2.
 

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Don't have a Gator but similar type vehicle, mine is a Brister Trail Wagon from TSC.

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I use it for carrying tools when working on something away from the house, otherwise was constantly walking back and forth to get something.

Use it to take the trash down to the road for pickup.

Sometimes throw the small generator in it and use the ac polesaw for extended trimming away from the house, without the need for batteries or long extension cords.

Use it to carry all the garden tools when working in the garden.

Throw the sprayer in the back and use it to spray fences, just drive along and spray by holding the wand in my hand.

And sometimes use it just for fun. When we had our dog Missie she loved it, and would be the first one in it if she thought it was going to move. Getting our new puppy interested in it but I have to help him in, he's too small to do it on his own yet. :laugh:
 

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Had a Gator s4 550 now have 4 seater Honda Pioneer. Like others carry tools or supplies to the garden or wherever I'm working, . Easier and faster than walking. Wife uses it to carry items to or from the garden ,to go down to her parents. Make trips to the church to work on a project and of course taking rides within a 25 mile radius of the house.

Someone mentioned a used SXS. (side by side) , a neighbor went to the bank the other day to get a loan for a new SXS. They would not finance told him they had a lot of prepossessed machines. Seems the young kids buy them and after a few months the fad goods away and they let the bank take it back.
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So maybe check the banks or dealer and see if they any :dunno: may find a bargain. :dunno:
 

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I do not have a Gator either. I do have a 2003 EZ-GO 1200 golf cart dump bed with ATV knobby tires. I have not had any problems going anyplace I want to go on the farm. I have server steep hills and a creek to cross and still have never been stuck. I has a 350 gas Robin engine in it. I did put a 1" shorter drive belt on it, which allows it to climb hills much better. I love it, I use it all the time to haul tools, dirt, clean up brush and of course the dogs around. I paid $2000 for it at an auction three years ago. It was once a golf course UTV.
 

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I started out with a new Kawasaki 550 Mule, used it for 14 years before selling it & buying a used traditional "TS" Gator: HPIM1211.JPG

We use it for yard work, hauling mulch, water tank, spraying, tools, have used it to fertilize with a Herd seeder. Have a lid for the box that we use when we go to a flea market: HPIM1764.JPG

We bought the Gator off CL from a guy that makes a sideline business of selling used Gators, this one actually had a few more hours than the Mule had, but didn't even have the paint worn off the skid plates. Gave $4000 for it four years ago, then another $600 (if I remember right) for the bed lift kit. I needed the bigger size, but the smaller CS/CX size would be fine for lighter yard work!
 

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I've had the itch - trying to justify a Gator to myself.
I cannot add anything that has not already been said. IMO, the usefulness of a SxS is endless. Babycakes usually keeps ours loaded with garden tools and at the ready.
Sure, a SxS can be a toy too, SO WHAT.

I would ask...
Did you think you really NEEDED the 2520?
Did you think you really NEEDED the forks for the 2520?

OK I will add something, It keeps both Babycakes and I outdoors and working together. Like, load up the SxS with tree cutting equipment jump on the tractor with the forks on and off WE go. When we are done for the day, park the SxS in the garage with all the tools still in it.

Money WELL spent.... IMO.

One last note,
If it weren't for payments I don't think I'd have anything.
 

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Thanks for all the helpful replies!

A couple things I hadn't thought of - my 15 gallon spot sprayer would fit perfectly and could do most of my spraying from the seat - big plus! And the generator - excellent idea. Thought of that early this morning when the power went off (still repairing storm damage) and thinking I would have to get the generator out of the barn to make my coffee. And storm damage cleanup which is becoming a regular thing lately.

I've thought about a golf cart (car) - especially an electric one as I am really adverse to any kind of noise anymore. I could get away with 2WD most of the time - but to get to the mailbox in winter it would be doubtful. Also I wouldn't be able to make a complete round of my property in the summer without 4WD.

As far as financing, I looked into that with my credit union. ATV's will fall under the category of a personal loan (unsecured) and carry a 10.9% rate. I can do much better with Deere's financing.

It sounds like everyone gets good use of their side-by-sides. A couple members who know me pretty well say that yes, I need one which I agree with.

My questions may seem kind of basic, but I have never seen one of these things in person besides driving by a Polaris dealer in town.

Now only if one of these things could help me make this disappear I would be on my way to the dealer.

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I read that a lot, not sure I understand why.
My cousin has an 825I without power steering and he wanted to use it for reseeding his pasture. Making turns at the head lands after a while worked on my shoulders and neck. I felt the soreness pretty good the next day.

I guess it would not matter using one occasionally, but after driving one with power steering makes all the difference for me.

I, too, have been on the fence about a SxS, but if I do decide to get one, which I was very close to making a deal last summer until I backed out at the last minute, it would include power steering.

Just me. :dunno:
 

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My cousin has an 825I without power steering and he wanted to use it for reseeding his pasture. Making turns at the head lands after a while worked on my shoulders and neck. I felt the soreness pretty good the next day.

I guess it would not matter using one occasionally, but after driving one with power steering makes all the difference for me.

I, too, have been on the fence about a SxS, but if I do decide to get one, which I was very close to making a deal last summer until I backed out at the last minute, it would include power steering.

Just me. :dunno:
Thanks,
I really thought about it with the XUV560 but decided no. May kick myself a few years from now. :dunno:
 

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I have been shopping on-line. I first went straight for the XUV 560 but the fact of an air cooled carburated engine slowed me down. Next step up is a liquid cooled fuel injected engine - I have already decided to start there. Plus now reading ilmo's powt about power steering - the 590i has the option of power steering.

My shoulders are very sensitive to getting bad - even on a long road trip in my pick-up I have issues with my shoulders and elbows for the next couple days. So power steering would be a must for me I think.

The accessories really add up fast. At this point I think I would get a roof - then add other stuff as I go.
 

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I read that a lot, not sure I understand why.
For just driving around it's like anything else without power steering, once you're moving it's fine. As the other person mentioned when your seeding or spreading or spraying along fence lines you're usually paying attention to what you're doing and not up on the wheel where you can get a good pull on it.
 

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I've had the itch - trying to justify a Gator to myself.

So what am I missing? What else could I use a Gator for?
I'd love to have a Gator.


My wife would like to have one. She could use it for gardening.
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My granddaughter could use one to haul her possessed clown doll around. Maybe take it on a forever ride.
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I have my own plans for owning one.
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All jokes aside........... Other than owning one for yard work, We'd use it for trail rides.
We have friends who go trail riding about about 4 times a year. Nice slow ride through the hills and forest. Family type riding, mostly site-seeing.


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Coaltrain I think one would server you and the Mrs nice. I know the cost is a factor as it was with us. I am in a farm so mine/ours is used daily and it saves a lot of steps. The thing is handy, from hauling tools to moving equipment to plowing snow checking fences to retrieving cattle and calfs. We had a golf cart for several years and My Mrs got tired of the ruff ride and getting stuck(again we are on a farm). We took the plung and got one (825i) and Deere finance made it simple and is hard to beat. It is the ONLY piece of equipment I have that is used Daily and multiple times daily. Other have said same things I've said but you asked for feed back so I don't want to be left out. Get power steering! For you and and Mrs C I think it's a must. I don't have it but I'm only 53 and not a factor now but the wife would like it and it will be added shortly. I added to mine since purchased. Bought it with roof,windshield, winch, electric dump bed, front push bar. I've completed cab with back wall and doors, plow, and extra led lights. Gunner jumps in the bed and sticks his head threw sliding rear window and off we go, he loves going for rides and is trained to stay in bed until tailgate is dropped. Kids love it and wife and I joy ride all the time. Used it in storms to check on and help neighbors, thing is a tank and will go about anywhere. I wish I was closer as I would drop mine off and let you try it for a week, would love to do that. See if you dealer has a demo and maybe you can try one if you have never been around one. Leg room is something you want to check. We looked at Polaris Ranger also as I have Polaris quads and snowmobiles but Gator was our choice. Long winded but hope reply helps.
 

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