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The Ultimate UTV Evaluation is Back!
Six years ago, the Successful Farming team put a wide selection of ATVs and UTVs through a series of tests on Little Goose Ranch in Wyoming. This September, we are headed back to test the newest UTVs on the market!
This time around, our evaluation is exclusively for utility vehicles. While we realize ATVs are still used on farms, the capabilities of UTVs are helping them become the ultimate farmhand. Our lineup will include machines with 700- to 900-cc. gas engines as well as a few larger, diesel machines. Check back in a few weeks to get a sneak peak at the UTVs we’ll be testing.
Our team of nine evaluators includes experienced trail riders, farmers, an ag engineer, and the owner of a utility vehicle accessory company. Each machine will be run on trails through the flat fields, rolling rangeland, and narrow mountain pathways. For part of the test the machines will be unloaded, and for the second part each vehicle will be loaded with one half of the manufacturers’ cargo weight. After each trail ride, evaluators will complete an extensive evaluation form ranking performance by 12 key categories:
- Access to engine and transmission
- Location of controls and gauges
- Ease of shifting transmission
- Ease of engaging four-wheel drive, differential lock
- Steering responsiveness and maneuverability
- Ease of maintaining a constant speed on the trail
- Noise level
- Overall rider comfort
- Cargo and storage
- General fit and finish
Anything else you’d like to see on this list? Let us know what you’d like evaluated in this discussion.
We’ll have more updates leading up to the evaluation as well as live videos and posts while we’re out at the ranch during the week of September 23, 2013.