FOCUS ON: Utility Vehicles
Whether you're hauling equipment and materials or maneuvering through terrain where trucks and cars can't go, a utility vehicle is available to fit your needs. Models of utility vehicles range from light vehicles to heavy-duty machines that can carry larger payloads and handle rough terrain. The following utility vehicles offer a variety of payload sizes and various options and accessories. If you need more information about these utility vehicles, use the circle numbers provided at the end of each product description.
Columbia's Expediter is now available in a 4-wheel version. The EX21-F provides users with a 168-inch outside turning circle. By raising the rear portion of the body by 2 inches, Columbia has tried to eliminate the potential for the unit to bottom out. Other features for the Expediter are front wheel guards, integrated front bumper and chamfered corners. An automotive-style steering wheel is available. The front body design assists in preventing mud and water from splashing on the operator. This product also includes a reverse warning alarm, console-mounted safety directional key switch, brake light and horn.
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Cub Cadet's 6 × 4 Big Country utility vehicle is powered by a 20-hp Honda V-twin OHV engine. Its 6-wheel, fully independent suspension provides maximum traction over rough terrain. Big Country models offer standard differential lock to provide traction for hauling or towing through various conditions. New innovations include brush guard, open fender well to limit mud clogging in the tires and a removable hood that allows you to get at the battery while the brush guard is in place. Comfort features, such as cup holders, a glove box and an under-the-seat storage box are included. The adjustable seat offers more legroom while the 12-volt outlet can keep cell phones charged while out on the job.
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John Deere introduces the Gator Compact Series utility vehicles. The Gator CS and the Gator CX can turn in tight places, fit in narrow spaces and be transported in the bed of a pickup truck. The cargo box features a high-density polyethylene construction and holds up to 400 pounds with a 5-cubic-foot storage capacity. The tailgate can be opened or removed for easier cleaning or to carry longer items. Both models are equipped with air-cooled, single-cylinder, 4-cycle Kawasaki gasoline engines. These utility vehicles offer dual internal wet disk brakes and a variable speed drive that allows forward speeds of up to 15 mpg with no shifting.
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The MULE 550 is Kawasaki's smallest utility vehicle, but it shares design features with its larger MULE 3000-series siblings, including a bench seat, automotive-type controls, a tilting cargo bed and accessories. This utility vehicle is powered by a durable 286cc single-cylinder, air-cooled, 4-cycle industrial engine. An 882-pound vehicle load capacity allows it to carry more than 350 pounds in the tilting cargo bed and it can tow up to 900 pounds with an optional Kawasaki tow hitch. This utility vehicle has extra-large front mud flaps to provide splash protection for those sitting on the two-person bench seat.
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Kimball Products, Inc. introduces the J-93 Hauler, a 4-wheeled utility vehicle with three-speed transmission. A Briggs and Stratton 16-hp V-twin engine is coupled to the transmission through an automatic belt drive torque converter, offering speeds in any of the three speed ranges. Standard features include dual rear hydraulic drum brakes, parking brake, ½ yard dump box with 1,000-pound capacity and a leaf spring front suspension. This utility vehicle's top speed is 25 mph and it has a two-person bench seat.
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Kubota introduces its first utility vehicle, the RTV900. It is available in four configurations with a wide variety of accessories for every working condition. Combining Kubota diesel engineering technology and a Kubota transmission, this utility vehicle offers power, strength and stability, with operator and passenger comforts. The RTV900 has Kubota's hydrostatic transmission and hydraulic power steering. The transmission has a braking feature that never allows the vehicle to enter a free-wheel status when traveling downhill. Three-range shifting provides low, mid and high operational speeds. More than 25 accessories make this product suited for many tasks.
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Land Pride's Treker light utility vehicles come with either 2- or 4-wheeled traction and are designed to carry two passengers. They have an automotive steering wheel with rack-and-pinion steering. These products have 4-wheeled independent suspension, McPherson struts, large diameter hi-flotation tires and high center-frame ground clearances for flexibility. The Trekers are powered by 20-hp Honda engines. A four-post accessory bar provides protection against low-hanging limbs and provides a mounting system for optional windshields, canopy tops and weather enclosures. The four-post accessory bar also provides a mounting base for optional cargo racks and accessories.
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Polaris Industries introduces the Professional Series UTV 1500, a utility task vehicle has an 18-hp V-twin 4-cycle engine, heavy-duty transmission and lower gearing. The UTV 1500 can carry a payload of up to 1,250 pounds and tow 1,000 pounds. Foot-activated, 4-wheel hydraulic disc brakes enable quick stopping, even under a heavy load. Standard features include an audible reverse alarm, an ergonomically designed dash that includes a glove box and an additional storage compartment, a trailer hitch receiver and a 360-watt alternator. This utility vehicle has seating available for three.
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Redexim Charterhouse introduces the Antonio Carraro TigreCar GST 7700 utility vehicle. The TigreCar is a short wheelbase, 4-wheel-drive unit that has a 64-hp turbo diesel engine, rear 540 PTO and patented ACTIO suspension. This vehicle also offers a three-way dumping box with a 4,000-pound maximum payload.
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Toro introduces its first electric product, the Toro Workman electric utility vehicle. This product has a peak motor current of 500 amps and exhibits hill-climbing capability under all load conditions. A fuel gauge shows the operator how much battery power remains, and when the batteries do become low, the unit limits top speed and acceleration to alert the operator to drive the vehicle to a charging location. Safety features include a plug detector that stops the unit from operating when plugged in for recharging. The run-away protection indicator applies the brake and beeps if the unit ever rolls down a hill without the operator depressing the accelerator. It also includes a supervisor switch that controls the maximum speed employees can drive the vehicle.
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