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I am looking for a used utility ATV to help me move stuff in the yard and to access the woods out back - 1- haven't seen much on the local craigs list - most stuff seems like the racing and hi performance stuff - how do I search for a low geared working ATV? Or what is the correct term? The word utility brings up SUVs. Any other advice on what to look for?
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What do you want to do with it? We have had 4 wheelers, a Gator, and a lifted golf cart. Everything has it's purpose but if I was going to narrow it down it would be a Polaris Ranger. When on craigslist, look unter the Farm+Garden and under RV's.
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Look for a Yamaha Rhino......side by side or similar.

They are called UTV's.
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Look for a Honda Rancher or other Honda utility ATV, they have car like automatic transmission that is better for hauling and towing than other brands that use belts.
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This helped LOTS. Put the brand and model in the title and lots came up.

Thanks

If there are any other brands/models I should search for let me know...
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Originally Posted by LI Sound Grunt View Post
I am looking for a used utility ATV to help me move stuff in the yard and to access the woods out back - 1- haven't seen much on the local craigs list - most stuff seems like the racing and hi performance stuff - how do I search for a low geared working ATV? Or what is the correct term? The word utility brings up SUVs. Any other advice on what to look for?
Look for an old coot atv that somebody has fixed up. Ok let the old coot jokes fly
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John Deere Gator
Yamaha Rhino
Kawasaki Tyrex
Polaris Ranger
Kawasaki Mule
Kobuta RTV
Honda Big Red (The UTV, not the 3 wheeler)

This is a decent list for UTV's, I can't think of any more. If you are are looking for ATV's I would look at:

Can-Am Outlander
almost any Honda
Polaris Sportsman


These lists are in no particular order for preference.
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I had a Kawasaki Tyrex and loved it, we did a ton of yard work with it and it plowed a lot of snow and saved us from being snowed in on more than a few occasions.

We just picked up a Can-Am Commander. they're both UTV's, but they're totally different beasts. The Tyrex is more of a barebones workhorse, and the Commander is more of a WOT at 70+mph fun machine with all kinds of off road bumpers and skid plates and light bars.

It sounds like you're mostly interested in yard work and the like, so I would highly recommend the Tyrex. We never had a single problem with it, and it did everything we could ever ask it to do. It's not quite as off-road capable as the Commander, but it's far more off-road capable than anyone ever really needs. The base model doesn't come with a whole lot, but it's got everything you need. Plenty of power and capability and it's much cheaper than the Commander, though I don't know how it compares price wise to the other UTV's.

UTV's are kind of like the Ford/Dodge/Chevy debate and the Yellowfin/Invincible/Fountain debate. Everyone has their favorite brand and you'll get a ton of opinions, but I'd go with the one you can get the cheapest and that has the nearest service center.
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I was in the same situation trying to find something decent for a good price. Everything was either beat or way over priced (3-4k). Took a while but found a used Honda Rancher for 2200 on the local craigslist. The good deals go quick, you have to look every day and be prepared to act as soon as you see something decent.
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i love my kawasaki mule. it's the 3010 gas model. i got it used at a motorcycle dealer. i forget how much it was. maybe $4k? it has already done a lot of work for us. the bed has a power dump and can hold 1000 lbs.

it is really very capable off road with it's 2wd, 4wd Hi, 4wd Low, and rear locking diff. it's not like a Razr or anything. it probably only goes 25 mph or so. but my land is small and the trails are tight and rocky (often in 4wd lo with the diff locker on), so it works out well for me.

pics when i picked it up:







it's lots of fun in the snow too.



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I have used a Mule before and would recommend one. Very nice Ute and stong as a "mule".

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I have a 2004 Kawasaki Mule 3010 4 wd gas model. We use it on the farm 365 days a year since 2004. The machine is very durable and requires very little maintenance. The biggest problem are the fuel pumps. They dont last very long, but replacement is very easy. Replacement parts are expensive, but readily available on line.
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good luck finding a used one in good condition
all the rangers i could find were ragged out...
would up biting the bullet for a new one
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My new (to me) toy. 2007 4x4 Honda Rancher, just picked it up this morning:
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Originally Posted by MacCTD View Post
Look for a Honda Rancher or other Honda utility ATV, they have car like automatic transmission that is better for hauling and towing than other brands that use belts.
All the lodge operators I work with in Ak. will only buy Honda's for that reason.
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Originally Posted by cgrand View Post
good luck finding a used one in good condition
all the rangers i could find were ragged out...
would up biting the bullet for a new one
Affirmative, sir.

I'm doing the hunt now, and it looks like new is going to be the best route. Just trying to settle on which one. Good problem to have.


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Since we're sharing pictures now... This is my Commander with the plow on. By the time we got it there was no snow left so I can't comment on how the plow or salt spreader work but we'll find out next winter.

No pictures of the Tyrex unfortunately..



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Have had Mule 3010 Kaw 400 and Ranger( 500) all good BUT Mule would not come up hills in WV power yes but could not get ground speed to handle hills would start spinning with load ie 2 in front and 2 in back with 2 deer-- Ranger ate the hills alive!!! I am too old for Kaw ATV--- If new I would check out new John Deere they NOW have the speed old gators only 25 mph and no ground speed Mule was a work horse but just didn't get done in the Hills of WEst Virginia forget Kubota Diesel is nice and brakes are great but no speed
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Originally Posted by Snapper Head View Post
Affirmative, sir.

I'm doing the hunt now, and it looks like new is going to be the best route. Just trying to settle on which one. Good problem to have.


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OK Finally found one at a good price - freegin craigs list - here is the response: (think its a scam?....)


2006 Kawasaki 3010 Mule 4x4 $2700


Thank you for your interest in purchasing my ATV.It is in perfect condition, with no scratches on it, no damage, Always garaged, Always covered. Everything about this ATV functions perfectly. Incredible power, handling and reliability. If you are interested in buying, the price is $2900.
I had to move with my family in Miami where I got a new job transfer. I brought the ATV here with me but because now i don't have time to ride I've decided to sell the ATV.
The transaction will be done through Ebay for our own protection, no money first to me.
Your funds will be 100% insured by Ebay until you will receive and inspect the ATV, and I will be sure that I will receive the payment.
You will have 5 days from the time you receive the ATV to inspect it and decide if you want to keep it or not.
If you want to buy my ATV then e-mail me:
Full name for the title,
Shipping address
As soon as I have this information I'll start the official procedure, and eBay will notify you about this. You'll also receive important guidelines + instructions from them (please go through them exactly). I'll handle the shipping, so this will be free of charge for you.
Looking forward to hearing from you,

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