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Good All-Around Machine
"The 825i is a clean, simple, and easy-to-drive machine with great visibility and with the easiest ingress/egress of all the machines,” says John Lumkes, ag engineering professor at Purdue University. “It’s decently balanced between sport and utility, and a quiet engine makes this a good choice for someone looking for a good all-around machine that is easy to get into and out of.”
The importance of ingress and egress was brought up in a Machinery Talk discussion group on Agriculture.com before the Ultimate UTV Evaluation by Successful Farming.
Husker-J commented on what he would like evaluated on the machines. “With farmers getting older, I might suggest comfort. I have read a few online reviews, and I can’t remember anyone ever rating them on how easy it is to get in and out of the seat. For someone like my dad, who is starting to get arthritis, that could be a big deal,” he says.
Longcreekfarms adds, “I agree with Husker-J on the ease of getting in and out. Even for a younger person chasing a cow up to a gate and jumping in and out to latch it, this has some influence on what you buy.”
This makes the Gator XUV a viable option for older farmers and farmers who frequently hop in and out of the machine. “Ergonomically, this machine makes getting in and out easy. The cab has plenty of room, good visibility, and comfortable seats,” says Laurie Bedord, Successful Farming magazine’s advanced technology editor.
"The XUV maneuvers well,” says Bedord. “I like the spacious cargo box and spacious cab. There are lots of lights on the front of the machine, which is nice when you’re out in the fields or checking cattle at night.”
The Gator XUV 825i also handles the trails well with a load. “Excellent vehicle. I couldn’t tell there was a load,” says Joe Greving, co-owner of Cedar Rapids Tire in Iowa. “The only thing the XUV lacks is power off the start.”
“This is one of the quietest UTVs,” says Dave Mowitz, Successful Farming magazine’s executive editor of machinery and technology. “The suspension is designed for load carrying. It is a solid farm UTV.”
Evaluators rated each machine on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 as the best rating) on 12 performance criteria. The machines were evaluated unloaded and loaded by each evaluator.