Hot ATVs for 2018
By Kesly Porter Ellis
Mastering each day’s work effectively and efficiently is important year round, but during calving season accomplishing the daily crucial tasks is imperative. In snow, hail or shine, your cattle have to be cared for, and thanks to the hard working crews at Textron, Yamaha, Polaris and Kawasaki the chores can be finished quickly and you’ll find yourself thawing out in front of the fireplace before the sun even goes down. Whether you are tackling the midnight heifer check, or just taking the kids for a ride, you can be sure to accomplish the work comfortably with the impressive 2018 ATV lineup that is ready to improve your operation.
Textron Altera TBX 700
The Textron Altera TBX 700 is prepared and qualified to put in a full days work for you. With a 695cc EFI engine, on-the-fly four-wheel drive and excellent throttle response this machine is guaranteed to get where you need to quickly. 11-inch ground clearance, 10-inch suspension level, and adjustable front shock absorbers all work together to deliver a comfortable transportation experience no matter how rugged the trail gets.
Pulling a calf cart on a regular basis? With the 1050 lb. towing capacity of the Alterra you won’t even realize you’re pulling it. And if that isn’t enough, the 300 lb. capacity rear cargo box, 100 lb. capacity front SpeedRack, and 20 lb. capacity side storage certainly tops the package right off. For more information and options visit textronoffroad.com or stop in at your local dealer.
Yamaha Kodiak 700 EPS
Need to break ice off the stock tank on the far side of your outfit? No problem! Between its Ultramatic continuously variable transmission from Yamaha designed to run at lower rpms, and a 708cc fuel-injected engine with optimized torque, power delivery and engine character, the Yamaha Kodiak 700 EPS is built for comfort as well as speed. Fully independent suspension and wide arc A-arms guarantee that you will be comfortable on even the rockiest two track.
With its center-mounted, heavy duty two inch-receiver, the 700 EPS has an impressive towing capacity of over 1300 pounds, and between the front and rear cargo racks you can pack a total of 308 pounds. If you want speed, power, comfort and style then Yamaha’s crew is fully prepared to set you up. For more information visit your local dealer or go to www.yamahamotorsports.com.
Polaris Sportsman 450 H.O.
Whether you enjoy hunting on the weekend or simply need an ATV that is ready to go to work, the Polaris Sportsman 450 H.O. has got you covered. Power should be considered its middle name; with a 500cc electronic fuel-injected engine the Sportsman is capable of pulling an impressive 1,225 pounds. And towing capacity isn’t where this machine stops; with a 485 lb. payload capacity you can haul most of your equipment without the hassle of a trailer or having to make extra trips. 10.5 inches of clearance combined with true on-demand 4 wheel drive means that you will be able to easily tackle the sometimes unavoidable brush that covers the landscape, whether it’s muddy or dry. The Sportsman’s half shaft drive axles have been redesigned to increase strength and durability, giving you the freedom to go more places than ever before. Colors include sage green and velocity blue. Or, select the utility package for even more options. For more information visit atv.polaris.com or head over to your local dealer.
Kawasaki Brute Force 300
Kawasaki knows the kind of conditions you battle on a daily basis, and whether your trekking through rough terrain, or trying to push through snow, they’ve got you prepared with their Brute Force 300. A 271cc engine and quick acting 2-speed automatic transmission means that speed and power are both at your fingertips. Got a chilled down calf that you need to pick up quick? With a rack capacity of 110 lbs. you can get it to the hot box in no time. A turning radius of 9.2 ft. means that you can get in and out of tight spaces without giving it a second thought. Color options include both super black and bright white, either way you can be sure to look good while at work. For more information stop by your local dealer or visit kawasaki.com.
There are countless daily uses, and each of the ATV’s featured is equipped to improve your ranch in more ways than one. But the only true way to find out which best fits your individual needs is to stop at your local Textron, Yamaha, Polaris and Kawasaki and take each one for a test-drive.