Work and Utility

Models and products of utility ATVs and UTVs required for heavy work use.  

New Model Test - Day of the Diesel

Testing Kawasaki's Diesel Powered Mule Pro
Written By: 
John Arens
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Kawasaki may not have the largest lineup of ATVs and Side x Sides but without fail, the models they do offer all carry three important traits. Across the board the Kawasaki ATVs and Side x Sides are rugged, reliable, and extremely versatile. They’re ready for work or play, and they’ll never let you down.

First Ride - The High Road

We Test Can-Am's New Defender
Written By: 
John Arens
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The saying is, “Old habits die hard.” Can-Am engineers learned that feeling well when three years ago development work began on a new model that was to be unlike anything they’d built before. Still, there would be some similarities; the new model would need excellent power, first class styling, and manufacturing excellence. It was not all unfamiliar territory, but rather than for racing across the desert or dunes, the new model was aimed squarely at what had been the domain of the Polaris Ranger.

NEW MACHINE REVIEW The 2016 POLARIS GENERAL

STAND and SALUTE
Written By: 
By Francis Soyer
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Atten-TION!  Before we can proceed any further, we gotta get somethin’ straight.  The new POL-aris General is NOT your mommas UTV.  It’s a fine, multi-pur

Product Test - The Good Path

Hoelscher's Li'l Spike - Your Best Shot at Good Grades
Written By: 
Moxie Karasek
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We always have work to do around the yard or farm, and a couple times a year that includes grading the drive to take out the holes that somehow develop on their own for no apparent reason. In the past that has meant a rake and shovel, but it’s darn near impossible when the drive is one step below the hardness of concrete. Thankfully, we’ve finally solved that problem and now we’ve got a tool that makes it a whole lot easier.

Work and Trail Tested - Working Class Dream Machine

Testing the Cub Cadet Volunteer 4x4 EFI
Written By: 
Staff
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Cub Cadet is a company that was formed over five decades ago to serve the American dream.  The rapidly swelling ranks of post war baby boomers were moving to the suburbs and country by the millions and buying homes with plenty of grass for kids, dogs, or playing catch.  Between the picket fences and the front porch though, there was a lot of grass to cut and snow to push, and nothing could be more rural than a small tractor in their small field to get the job done.

Field Tested - The Woods Powr-Grip Light System

The Light at the End, Middle, and Start of the Tunnel
Written By: 
Our point of light, Rick Engle
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Woods Powr-Grip has been making tools for lifting and maneuvering difficult to grip pieces such as glass, stone, metal, etc. for almost 50 years.  Their gripping tools can be found working away on automotive assembly lines, installing glass panels on new skyscrapers, and even in the car repair shop pulling dents from body panels.  If you’ve got a tough surface to work with, they’ve got a tool that can get the job done.

Field Tested - The 2012 Polaris Ranger XP 800

The Machine that Changed the Game
Written By: 
John Arens
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No machine has played a bigger role or has had more impact for a wider variety of owners than the Polaris Ranger.  Before the Ranger, John Deere’s Gator and Kawasaki’s Mule were about the only choice for any serious, work capable utility vehicle.  Both the Gator and the Mule were solid performers on the farm or the job site, but weekend recreation was not their domain or even much of a consideration.  The new Ranger, however, offered the ability to haul everything from bricks to hay bales all week and camping, hunting, or fishing gear all weekend.

New Product Test - Snow Eagle

Testing American Manufacturing's Generation II Eagle Plow
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One of the best-selling accessories for ATV and Side x Sides is an aftermarket plow. With their maneuverability, 4wd, and ability to work in tight quarters, an ATV or UTV with a plow can get into places a tractor or truck mounted plow can’t reach, and they’re much more cost effective. If you already own an ATV or Side x Side, it’s a no-brainer to turn it into a winter work tool as well.

New Product Test - The Seizmik Rac System

A Mobile Work Platform Like No Other
Written By: 
John Arens
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We’ve seen all types of bolt on attachments, but we’ve never seen anything quite like the Kubota RTV RAC system developed by Seizmik. It won’t make you faster, your engine more powerful, or your machine more capable of climbing the dunes or slogging through muddy fields, but it absolutely excels at turning a hard-working UTV, like the Kubota RTV, into a four-wheeled work platform. It’s your truck, your shop, your toolbox, and your work buddy all in one tough, mobile package.

Trail and Farm Tested - The John Deere Gator 825 XUV

More Power, More Features, More Capable, More Fun
Written By: 
John Arens
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When most people think of John Deere, it has little to do with off-road vehicles and everything to do with American agriculture. There’s more than one side to a field, however, and the company that began with old John Deere’s simple steel plow, pounded into shape from a broken saw blade, has turned into one of the world’s most recognizable brands, with products that touch on nearly every type of outdoor activity whether it’s work or recreation. Deere & Co.

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