The latest ranch-worthy machines for 2018
By Kesly Porter Ellis
Fencing, irrigating, and checking cows all have two things in common. First, they are all tasks that as a working ranch cowboy you have to tackle almost on a daily basis depending on the season. Second, having a vehicle smaller than the pickup, but larger than an ATV could make each one more manageable for you. Kubota, Bobcat, Textron, Polaris and Kawasaki all know this, which is why they have worked hard to create the perfect UTV for you and your outfit.
With a reputable 24.9 gross horsepower diesel engine designed for extra acceleration and climbing power Kubota’s RTV-X1120 is equipped to put in a full days’ work 24/7. Tired of making trips from your jobsite back to the shop or house for parts, material or tools? The steel cargo box that the RTV-X1120 features is heavy duty and large enough to tote your tools, material, gear, supplies and dog comfortably. Need a little more space still? Front and rear standard two-inch receivers, and a boastful-worthy towing capacity of 1300 pounds means that pulling an additional trailer is no issue. The worksite model also includes a rising cargo box to dump materials using a hydraulic-lift feature, making unloading your equipment faster and easier than ever before.
RTV-X1120 is not all work and no play; split bucket seats, digital dashboard display, fully hydraulic power steering, large under seat storage compartments, and new shoulder restraints guarantee that even under the toughest working conditions you can be both comfortable and classy. The 2018 RTV-X1120 comes in two standout colors; Kubota Orange and RealTree AP Camo. Visit kubotausa.com or visit with your local dealer today for more information.
The Bobcat 3600 is not only a Utility Vehicle, but your new work companion that is engineered to put in as long of hours as you do. Whether you’re hauling hunting gear, fencing equipment, dirt rock, tools or some fishing gear on your day off you can be assured that the 3600 is up to the task with a payload capacity of 1,250 lbs. A towing capacity of 2,000 lbs. means that you will never have to leave anything behind, and the weight of the trailer is distributed directly to the tires without compressing the suspension or the comfort of your ride.
A clutch free, standard hydrostatic transmission applies a steady torque to the wheels, which translates to more, pulling power, even with a heavy load. Going from forward to reverse is as easy as using your toe or heel reducing the amount of shifting required. A single motor with high and low ranges delivers a full spectrum of torque when accelerating, and reduces wear and tear. There are also three easily selectable drive modes; Single-wheel drive (allows wheels to turn at different rpms), Two-wheel drive and All-wheel drive ensure you can get where you need to be no matter the terrain or conditions. Heat and air conditioning, fancy dash display and a comfortable cab are just a few of the small frills that will make every ride one to remember. Go to www.bobcat.com or talk with your local Bobcat crew for more information.
Textron Off Road Stampede X
The 2-passenger Stampede X by Textron Off Road brings an 80 horsepower, liquid-cooled, 4 stroke gas engine and 59 lb.-ft. of torque making this machine literally a work horse. The On-Demand AWD coupled with a dash mounted cable shifter and automatic locking overrunning clutch connects the powerful UTV with an easily operated system. This machine features 2,000 lbs. of towing capacity combined with a 600 lb. bed load capacity.
Safety is often times the number one concern with vehicles of any type, which is why Textron has equipped the Stampede X with 3-Point seat belts, standard doors, and a front mounted brush guard. That pasture with all the brush and rocks you’ll be bouncing through, just got smoother. Double A-arm performance shocks and a contoured bench seat make tackling any terrain easier and more enjoyable. The standard Stampede X comes in two colors, white and blue, and many other customizations are available. Visit your local Textron Off Road dealer or go to textronoffroad.com on the World Wide Web for more information and options.
Polaris Ranger 570
The 2018 Ranger 570 is ready to go to work for you today, and Polaris has really put in the time to be sure that no matter the job you can rest easy knowing your UTV is ready to go. A nine-gallon fuel tank, 10-inch ground clearance and On-Demand all-wheel drive enables you to travel to wherever your day’s work is without a second thought, or extra time finding alternate routes. The Ranger’s automatic transmission coupled with a 44 HP, 4-stroke single cylinder engine delivers a UTV that can withstand long hours and hard jobs through any type of terrain or weather. This two passenger machine is also equipped with Dual A-arm, IRS 10-inch travel shocks in the rear, MacPhearson Strut 9-inch travel shocks under the front end, and stabilizer bars that give you precise control by decreasing body roll; these three components work together to provide a smooth, enjoyable and practical ride to and from the worksite.
Being able to carry utility equipment to any jobsite on your outfit is one of the most important qualities to consider when choosing a UTV, and a 1,000 lb. payload capacity guarantees that you and your load will all be able to fit in one trip. But Polaris knows that the jobs you are tackling are rarely small, which is why the Ranger 570 has a towing capacity of 1,500 lbs. Three color options are available; Sage Green, Polaris Pursuit Camo and Navy Blue Metallic. For more information visit ranger.polaris.com or stop by your local dealer.
Kawasaki Mule PRO-FXT Ranch Edition
The Mule PRO-FXT Ranch Edition side-by-side was created by Kawasaki to make each of the tough jobs, big or small, easier specifically for people just like you who put in a full day’s work. One person can easily switch the 3-seater vehicle to a 6-seater in less than one minute by some simple switching; you can take anyone or anything anywhere. The jaw dropping Trans-Cab feature is handy as well as practical, and provides a solution to those times when the whole family wants to tag along, but at the same time does not compromise the working features of the UTV. Padded two-tone bench seats, with 13 gallon underseat storage space, along with a digital dashboard display, adds comfort and confidence to your ride.
When it comes to work, a Warn Vantage mounted remote control winch with a pulling power of up to 4,000 lbs., and a gas-assist tilt cargo bed really helps you tackle the tough jobs. With a 4-stroke, 3-cylinder, gas engine it’s no wonder that the Mule Pro-FXT has a towing capacity of 2,000 lbs. and a load capacity of over 1,500 lbs. The 10-inch ground clearance, 7.9-gallon fuel tank, and 16 ft. turning radius are simply icing on the cake. Visit www.kawasaki.com or talk with your local dealer for more information.
UTV’s are one of the handiest vehicles to have around, whether you need to check water, cows, fence or tackle some tough jobs these machines are ready to assist you. Kubota, Bobcat, Textron, Polaris and Kawasaki all have constructed top-of-the-line vehicles to meet your every need.