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Old 04-23-2013, 08:59 AM   #16
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I am a big fan of the electric Ranger. No noise, no exhaust fumes. IMHO much more pleasant than the ICE powered ones for puttering around.
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:38 AM   #17
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I've had side by sides since '03 and have ridden just about all of them, Honda being the exception. Polaris is far and away a tremendous utility vehicle. I work mine hard and in the spring it's used as a saddle horse for moving and cutting out cattle. In the summer I spray noxious weeds across the county with a 50 gal tank in the back. Fall weather finds it in hunting mode. I've found nothing else to be as quick and agile for this type of work and still go out and haul rocks, wire, posts and dirt as easily. Nothing has broken or worn out that couldn't be attributed to normal wear and tear. If someone stole it today I'd have another to replace it tomorrow.
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:22 PM   #18
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I am a big fan of the electric Ranger. No noise, no exhaust fumes. IMHO much more pleasant than the ICE powered ones for puttering around.
I haven't looked at the UTV market in years, a quick search and I discovered the selection is unbelievable - I had no idea Polaris had an electric.

The OP has a huge selection to meet his needs, glad I'm not shopping - I'd likely get analysis paralysis.....
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:21 PM   #19
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We've used a 1987 4x4 Suzuki Samurai for about 16 years now. No issues ever and built like a mini F250. It cost me $600 way back then. I've used it to pull the neighbor's Gators out of the mud. It has heat for winter too.
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:48 PM   #20
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the few times I get out to crawl around off road in my FJ Cruiser, I've seen some side by sides haulin' ass up and down 4x4 trails... 4X the speed I'm doing...
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Old 04-23-2013, 04:01 PM   #21
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I am a big fan of the electric Ranger. No noise, no exhaust fumes. IMHO much more pleasant than the ICE powered ones for puttering around.

I've driven one of those and it is very nice, with a place at home or in camp to charge it would be my choice.
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Old 04-23-2013, 04:41 PM   #22
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I am a big fan of the electric Ranger. No noise, no exhaust fumes. IMHO much more pleasant than the ICE powered ones for puttering around.
Can you tell us more about it?
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Old 04-23-2013, 04:53 PM   #23
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A friend of mine (see my Jeep Snowblower thread) has requirements much like the OP's but has some VERY hilly property. This was a solution that presented itself on eBay the other day:



I think a Haflinger would make a great alternative to a UTV in hilly country if bought right.
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:22 PM   #24
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I used to own a Gator 4x6 and have driven several Mules. I would get the Polaris Ranger. It rides better, has more power, tows more, hauls more, and is more capable when you need it to be.

The Ranger is a great utility side by side.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:42 PM   #25
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my personal favorite side by side is made by Jeep
I'd go with a $1,000 Geo Tracker.
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:38 PM   #26
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Lots of good suggestions.

I'd also do an on-line search for locally available CJ-5s or 7s that were in good shape.

Also look for imported micro trucks (Google Kei trucks) - at least they're street legal and there's lots of modding potential...

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Old 04-23-2013, 08:56 PM   #27
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my personal favorite side by side is made by Jeep
100% Agreed!

I was in Bass Pro over the weekend and they had the Arctic Cat line in there and the 2 seater was like $16K ON SALE and the 4 seater was nearing 20K.

If I were just going to use something like that around a farm/ranch or rural property It'd be a nice old Jeep.

I mean if it's good enough for this guy...
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:01 PM   #28
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Do the side by sides differ in terms of how easy they are to get in and out of?
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:31 PM   #29
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Entry/exit ease is a big deal for me and the reason I like Polaris. I catch newly born and sometimes not so new calves to tag and process and getting out quickly is a necessity. It also is much quicker off the line than Deere... more of a quarter horse if you know what I mean.
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:38 PM   #30
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The sport models are like any race car, The RZR is a real pain climbing in. The utilities are nice, just slide right in, like getting in a short truck.

We have the older 6x gators including a diesel and I hate them. Belt drive and no ground clearance. Get hung up all the time while trying to push snow. My 350 honda quad will push more snow and go a hell of a lot faster.
Each of them have their own mechanical problems. A coworkers rhino spent most of its life in a trailer back and forth from the shop and working on it looked to be a pain in the ass. I crawled around a honda side by side last year and was impressed by the way they had set up the mechanicals. Seemed like it wouldn't be too bad to maintain.
My brother did a service call into buttfuck no where southern Alberta a few years ago and the old german widow had a halflinger parked beside the barn. hadn't run since the old guy died 20 years before. poured in some fuel and it fired right up which then made it too valuable to part with. It's probably still sitting there rotting.
My money would be on a samurai or a 4x4 toyota beater. Throw a set of tractor tires on and go.
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