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Ramped-up utility

08/01/2012 @ 9:51am

When it comes to utility vehicles, there are plenty of choices. For many, the final purchasing decision comes down to choosing key features and getting the most value for your dollar. That's precisely why manufacturers like Kubota and Cushman are continually redefining their already-popular machines.

Kubota RTV900XT

Kubota recently released the latest version of its RTV900. The RTV900XT's key new feature is the Variable Hydro Transmission (VHT) Plus2, which offers higher torque to maximize towing and hauling performance, as well as smooth dynamic braking and easier shifting.

The 21.6-gross hp., three-cylinder, liquid-cooled Kubota diesel engine is performance-matched to the transmission, which means you'll have plenty of power and torque to handle even the toughest jobs.

The front of the machine sports a new reinforced gunmetal-gray steel front guard for extra protection and durability. The hydrostatic power steering makes this machine easy to control and maneuver. The new seat design gives both operator and passenger added comfort.

Add an optional hydraulic bed-lift system to the extra-large steel cargo bed, and you'll find that hauling and dumping are made easy with a single lever.

The MSRP for the RTV900XT starts at $12,845. To learn more about the models in the RTV family, call 888/4-KUBOTA or visit www.kubota.com.

Cushman 1600XD

Cushman brand, which is owned by Textron, Inc., began with two cousins building farm machinery and two-cycle boat engines in 1901. It has since transformed into the manufacturer of a broad line of utility vehicles, including its latest addition – the 1600XD.

This machine combines four-wheel-drive capability with a 22-hp., 1,007-cc three-cylinder OHV diesel engine to handle big jobs on tough terrain.

The automatic, continuously variable transmission can be placed in high gear for higher maximum speed or low gear to take advantage of greater torque and pulling power. Top speed is 25 mph in high gear and 10.5 mph in low.

Total payload capacity is 1,600 pounds, and its 14.2-cubic-foot steel cargo bed can hold a maximum of 1,100 pounds. It can also tow up to 1,300 pounds from the rear receiver hitch.

Standard features include a windshield, ROPS, and roof. To find out more, visit www.cushman.com.

Add a cab

Curtis Industries recently introduced a modular cab system for the Kawasaki Teryx utility vehicle.

When the weather changes, transform your vehicle using the Curtis Rapid Convertible System. Available in black, you can purchase cab components separately or as a complete kit.

To learn more, call 800/343-7676 or visit www.curtisindustries.net.

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