Focus On: Utility Vehicles

Whether you're looking to increase your current utility vehicle fleet or thinking about buying one for the first time, the following light- and mid-sized vehicles offer exceptional versatility, great performance, a variety of payload sizes and numerous options and accessories. Most are completely customizable so that they will meet your demands as a beverage cart, irrigation cart or for moving people, hauling debris or running in the back woods.

Broyhill's TerraForce turf utility vehicle has a one-ton payload and 18-mph ground speed. With a Kohler 18-hp, V-twin cylinder engine and multi-leaf, high-travel front suspension, the TerraForce offers a dependable ride. The vehicle's clean design and rear-accessible drive train make for simple maintenance. The heavy-gauge steel cargo box is 52-inches wide and 63 inches long. Options include a hydraulic lift for the cargo box, remote hydraulics and PTO, a heavy-duty alternator, taillight kit, hand-vernier throttle control and tachometer.

Club Car introduces a new utility vehicle model, the Carryall 472, a four-passenger version of the standard Carryall 272 model. The 472 offers a total vehicle capacity of 1,300 pounds and will travel 17 to 19 mph. With forward-facing seats, an aluminum cargo box and a 500-pound bed-load capacity, the Carryall is designed to carry passengers and materials. It includes a 400cc engine, along with a standard rear receiver hitch and heavy-duty brush guard. It is backed by a two-year, 2,000-hour warranty. This unit will be available in the fall of 2002.

The Cub Cadet Big Country utility vehicle is powered by a 20-hp Honda V-Twin OHV engine and has a 1,400-pound payload with 13.3 cu. ft. bed. It also features an exclusive 6-wheel fully-independent suspension that provides improved maneuverability and comfort over rough terrain, has standard 4-wheel drive and a fully welded steel frame. Extra features include two cup holders, a glove box, an under-the-seat toolbox, dash-mounted 12-V power outlet, halogen headlights and turf, knobby and heavy-duty tire options.

The new Cushman Commander 4800 lightweight turf vehicle offers a 16-hp V-twin engine and tubular-steel frame that can carry payloads up to 800 pounds. Large 2010-10 turf tires work to reduce turf compaction. Its exclusive, high-torque, continuously variable transmission (CVT) with forward and reverse enhances ease of operation and driveability. The vehicle comes standard with individual bucket seats for operator and single-passenger comfort, easy key-switch start, reverse-warning indicator, operator-presence cutoff switch, safety restraints and halogen headlights.

E-Z-Go Textron's Workhorse LX line features a rugged, truck-like cowl and provides the same features as the regular Workhorse. The LX models have differential scuff guards, tubular front bumpers, bed liners, horns and fuel gauges or charge meters. Headlights are standard features so the Workhorse LX can be out on the job from early morning to late in the day, any time of year. The 800 E and 1000 E are powered by a 36-volt high-efficiency electric motor; the 800 G has a 9-hp, twin-cylinder, overhead cam gasoline engine; and the 1200 G has an 11-hp twin-cylinder, overhead cam gasoline engine.

The John Deer Gator 64 Diesel offers a three-cylinder, 18-hp liquid-cooled Yanmar diesel engine and increased payload and towing capacity of 1,400 pounds. Its low ground pressure and low center of gravity allow heavy-duty haulers to work on turf without leaving ruts or marks. For extra traction, the 64 provides full-time four-wheel drive and differential lock. With a 15.5-mph maximum speed and no clutching or shifting, driveability is increased. The rack-and-pinion steering system is smooth for low effort. The 64 and 42 Gators share an arc-welded unibody design, front suspension and a fully independent, single A-arm design that stands up to the bumps and jolts of off-road work.

The Mule 3020 is Kawasaki's utility vehicle created for work on sensitive surfaces. It rides on wide, turf-application tires and is well-suited for golf course maintenance. It features a steel, tilting cargo bed, bench seat, fully-automatic transmission and easy-to-operate controls. The body panels of the cab are made of durable plastic that has molded-in color to help prevent scuffing. The front hood can be lifted with the touch of a button to reveal a large storage space, which also has tie-down loops to secure cargo. Located beneath the front grille are winch-ready tabs, and a passenger-side grab rail is mounted on the cab frame. The Mule 3020 is powered by an industrial liquid-cooled, four-stroke V-twin engine.

Kimball Products Inc. introduces two new haulers: the J98 44 and the J98 42. Both use a Dana/Spicer limited-slip rear differential, a 16-hp OHV engine and an automatic transmission with three speed ranges. The J98 44 front axle incorporates a Dana differential and a Warn lockout hub, which allow you to choose 2WD or 4WD with the flick of a finger. Other standard features include 12-inch 25-inch high-flotation tires, a wide bench seat, hydraulic brakes, a -yard dump box, front bumper, headlights and tail light.

Polaris Industries introduces a new Professional Series UTV 1500 24 that sports an 18-hp V-twin, air-cooled 4-cycle engine, heavy-duty transmission and lower gearing. It 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. Up front, independent MacPherson strut suspension with 4.6 inches of travel provides a smooth ride and eases steering. In the back, Polaris' progressive rate swing-arm rear-suspension softens bumps by delivering 4.3 inches of travel. Other standard features include an audible reverse alarm, a trailer hitch receiver, dual 35-watt quartz-halogen headlights, hour meter and electric start.

The Back Forty series from Pug, Inc. offers a cargo all-terrain vehicle (CATV) that is light and responsive, yet durable and powerful. This vehicle is designed with landscape contractors in mind. It features a stow-away cargo box, passenger seat and a cargo space that lets you carry what you need in one trip. With a Pug, you can customize each vehicle to suit your specific needs. Special customizing packages are available, and you can choose from an extensive list of accessories to add to your vehicle.

The Grounds Cruiser is Snapper's initial entry into the utility vehicle field. The Grounds Cruiser features a 9.5-hp Kawasaki OHV engine with full pressure lubrication, an automatic torque-converter transmission and a land speed of up to 18 mph. Rack-and-pinion steering on a 78-inch wheel-base with independent front suspension and a rollover protection system (ROPS) keep driver and passenger comfortable and safe. The vehicle carries up to 500 pounds in its tilt cargo bed and has a trailer hitch to tow up to 1,000 pounds. Optional accessories include hard- or soft-sided cab enclosure, front plow, electric winch adapter, bed lift and turf tires.

The Toro Workman 2110 utility vehicle features hydraulic self-cleaning front disc and rear drum brakes. The enhanced braking system allows for increased braking ability and towing capacity of 1,200 pounds when using a heavy-duty tow hitch. It is powered by a 16-hp Briggs & Stratton Vanguard air-cooled gas engine. The Workman offers a wide range of attachments including a canopy, solid and folding windshield, portable refreshment center, hard cab, ballfield groomer, brush guard and bumper.

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