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Top 5 UTV Accessories
Farm chores are a whole lot easier with a side-by-side utility vehicle. These hardworking machines are even more useful with accessories, which is why UTV buyers spend, on average, an extra $1,500 on accessories. The following accessories are ones identified by UTV manufacturers as farmer favorites.
1. Hard Top
Utility vehicles come open topped in their bare-bones configurations, but farmers rarely take them home that way. It’s the number one farmer accessory for the Kawasaki side-by-side machines. “Farmers spend long days in the field and like the shade and rain protection that comes from a hard-top roof,” says Joe Heim of Kawasaki. The polyethylene version retails for about $399. It’s also a top add-on for the Kubota RTV series of utility vehicles, and a top three for the smaller 50-inch-wide Honda Pioneer (pictured above).
The plastic windshield shown here on a Kawasaki Mule Pro-FX protects against wind and rain, says Kawasaki’s Heim, even while traveling up to 40 mph. The built-in fresh-air vents allow for plenty of airflow on hot days. He says the plastic version is as tough as the glass version, cleans easily without scratching, and, at $599 retail for the full size, is a little less expensive than glass. Kubota’s Vince Iorio says the windshield is the second-favorite accessory for Kubota’s machines. He points out that it isn’t just protection from wind and rain but also from dust, rocks, and bugs.
Most utility vehicle manufacturers include a winch in their top-selling accessories. The heavy-duty front winch for the Honda Pioneer 700 utility vehicle has 4,000 pounds of pulling force with a sealed drivetrain and disc brake that give you complete control. It sells for about $440, plus the cost of the mounting bracket.
For the Kawasaki Pro-FX, the Vantage 4000 winch is available starting at about $400, including a dash-mounted mini-rocker switch and corded remote winch control. The Kubota 2,500-pound front winch retails for about $540.
4. Audio System
Kawasaki’s Heim says the add-on audio system for the Mule models is pretty popular with farmers. It’s built to take the elements in an open cab, has an AM/FM tuner, two marine-grade speakers, USB and AUX input adapter, and is preassembled with simple two-wire plug-and-play installation features. “Farmers really like the USB ports,” he says. “It gives you the ability to plug in a smartphone and have your own play-list in remote locations.” The audio system sells for $499.
5. Mounted Sprayer
While they aren’t typically sold as accessories directly by UTV manufacturers, many farmers want a small sprayer mounted on the back cargo bed for spot-spraying fence lines, weed patches, pastures, or ditches. Kubota’s Iorio says it’s a top-three accessory desired by farmers for their RTV models. “It’s about the convenience and the efficient way to do small jobs,” he says. A complete sprayer unit to mount in a utility vehicle cargo box, like one from River Bend Industries, is about $2,700. Such sprayers typically have a 50- to 100-gallon tank and a 12- to 15-foot boom.