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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 12-17-2017, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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I may be looking for an Atv for farm and riding up into my woods.I know very little about them but have ridden a couple.What models should I look for or stay away from?
I know I'll have to go with a used one,if any and I am not familiar with the various" track records" for quality or problems.
I'm not adamant about four wheel drive since I have tractors and a 'dozer for pulling loads,trees etc. This will be a chore vehicle or shuttle vehicle.
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Its hard to beat a Honda. Long lasting and dependable. I have a 2001 Rancher. It has 10,000 miles on it and keeps on ticking.
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they all make good units these days. If your buying used stay away from older Polaris's but even there newer ones are great machines. My favorite 4 wheeler of all time is the Yamaha grizzly. Its 700 cc single has lots of torque. Even the 450 we had at work was about bullet proof. Yamahas arent as fast as some of the other top end machines but down low its hard to beat and is a dead reliable machine but compared to some of the new machines its a bit dated as are the Hondas. Honda makes very reliable and boring atvs. Polaris has come along ways recently and is hands down the best riding atv on the market and if you have big money to spend have the most powerful atvs and side by sides if that is a major point for you. Id stay away from Kawasaki. Fit and finish is pretty poor and reliability (other then there motors which are great) isn't as good as the others but then if your buying new they have a 3 year warrantee that nobody else matches. Pretty tough to even find one these days that's not a 4x4 unless its a small machine for kids. Bottom line is if reliability is paramount to you buy a Yamaha or a Honda. but then if your buying used your going to pay a bit more for those too then the others.

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My main focus would be Honda or Yamaha which I am most familiar with.Two dealers for each within a hours drive.A couple of Ranchers in their inventories.May have to make a trip.
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JMHO from dirt riding for several decades-

you likely don't need some big humpin' pumpin' dirt rocket like
everyone these days seems to want. something around 300 cc's
will most likely get you where you need to go without burning a
lot of gas and ripping your eardrums and scaring away all the game.
before 4 wheelers were on the market, several of us rode 200 cc 3 wheelers
through all kinds of terrain and steep hills and had no problems as far
as being "underpowered"

one more important thing- dress to crash- always

you can be crunching your head on a rock or scraping
all the hide off your legs before you even know it's
happening.
good luck

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i should also add to not buy anything that you
can't either push off the top of you unassisted,
or can't crawl out from under because it's too heavy

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Well, I've had yamaha 4 wheelers and liked'm, but in 2013 I bought a new Kawasaki TransMule 4 by 4, and really liked it.
I kept it 2 years with never a problem, and when the 2016s came out, I traded for a new on. I've had it about 2 years now and once again, zero problems.
They won't run but about 28mph, but they just sip gasoline, and are almost bullet proof, with more steel than plastic, and both 4 passenger, with the option to extend the bed.

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JMHO from dirt riding for several decades-

you likely don't need some big humpin' pumpin' dirt rocket like
everyone these days seems to want. something around 300 cc's
will most likely get you where you need to go without burning a
lot of gas and ripping your eardrums and scaring away all the game.
before 4 wheelers were on the market, several of us rode 200 cc 3 wheelers
through all kinds of terrain and steep hills and had no problems as far
as being "underpowered"

one more important thing- dress to crash- always

you can be crunching your head on a rock or scraping
all the hide off your legs before you even know it's
happening.
good luck
You're right.I don't want a hot rod like my son had.Took it for a ride once and when I topped out in my comfort range,I still had 3 more gears ! It was a Yamaha Warrior.After he married and his oldest was born,he sold it so he wouldn't be tempted to do stupid stuff.What little I ever rode it,I always wished it had another,lower gear.
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the john Deere is what I have. I have had a mule. the gator is the best . I have a 625I. I have dragged 50 ft. pine logs with it. not one problem in over 4 years.
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