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Old 03-16-2015, 08:45 AM   #1
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Raven MPV??

Wondering what the general opinion is of this thing.

http://www.ravenamerica.com/

I've got 6 acres. I enjoy working in the woods, cleaning up dead trees, brush, etc. I mow about half of it. I spray my fruit trees to keep the borer beetles out.

I've got a 13 year old Husky Zero Turn that is a great mower, but useless for anything else. Also, one day something will break and will cost a couple thou to fix.

Like to have something like this that could mow, carry chain saw, sprayer, etc.

I wonder about all the electrical stuff. Reliability? Wheels are driven by DC motors. Will it have decent power, enough to drag a tree out of woods.

My other option is an atv. Would be very useful but seems like overkill for my needs. Honda Rancher?
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Old 03-16-2015, 09:14 AM   #2
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Hrmm, I think its an interesting concept, but personally I would think the money would be better spent on a nice atv. This thing looks to be a one-of-a-kind type vehicle, so being in its niche market, any parts, or support groups, or discussions, or etc.. will be few I would think. The support might be hard to find. You could always buy a mower deck to tow behind an Atv. Looking at the site, they don't specify what engine is in the vehicle, which I would want to know. It just seems like it's trying too hard to be an Atv, but lacking many traits of a good Atv, while making up for it with a generator, but also adding the element of electric drive, which is always subject to water. If it were my $ I would have to say an Atv with accessories would be my choice. You could always strap a generator to the rear rack . I am guessing this thing is probably priced evenly or more than that of a decent Honda or Suzuki.
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Old 03-16-2015, 09:27 AM   #3
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The engine is a 420cc single, which leads me to think Honda, same as Rancher. Don't know for sure. Price is $3,800 at Lowes.

2wheel drive Rancher is about $5K.

Comments about service & parts are appreciated.

I have investigated the accessories for ATV and there are a lot of options.
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The engine is a 420cc single, which leads me to

I have investigated the accessories for ATV and there are a lot of options.
True that, some of which can get expensive.
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Old 03-16-2015, 11:19 AM   #5
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Interesting concept. From what I gather it's a electric vehicle run by an on board generator with electric powered accessories.

Seems kinda light weight, which could be good or bad.

I would be more inclined to get a quad type vehicle, all those electric bits could get expensive.
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