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RTV900, HPX Gator, Utility Vehicles?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by fms, Nov 13, 2005.

  1. fms

    fms Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 209

    I'm looking for feedback on utility vehicles for sidewalks and small drive areas (i.e. loading docks and alleys).

    Toolcats look great, but at approx. $48k properly equiped I'm not getting one anytime soon.

    Has anyone had experience with the Kubota or John Deere Utility vehicles? I'm looking at a Kubota RTV 900 with plow, sander, cab, heat, work lights.
     
  2. Ian

    Ian Member
    Messages: 96

    Gator HPX 4x4 diesel.

    The thing is sweet. We don't plow with it but I am sure it can. The place we bought it from gave us a good price break. I think it was 7.5k. it is great to drive, but then, I didn't have to pay for it.
     
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2005
  3. dirt digger

    dirt digger Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    my company has a RTV9000 diesel 4x4 with a 7 foot Meyer that was custom mounted. Plows the owners 1/2 mile uphill driveway like no other. Keep in mind the John Deere has belt drive, while the Kubota has a driveshaft.
     
  4. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,351

    You can get a blizzard 720lt on the kubota RTV (thanks to jerre designing one) I would go with the kubota, you will never wear it out. One of my customer's has one a loves it. He uses it all round his 32 acres he has.
     
  5. dirt digger

    dirt digger Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    they really are bulletproof machines. The only thing I dont like about them is that when you let your foot off the accelerator it IMMEDIATELY stops the rear wheels, or all 4 wheels if its in 4wd. The hydrostatic tranny is great, they just need to work on the machine having a little more of a coast when you release the pedal...I don't know how the John Deeres are in that department.
     
  6. fms

    fms Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 209

    The Kubota does stop very quickly when you release the gas. It kinda freaked me out on the test drive, but I figure after 20 hours of work when a car jumps out in front of me or one of my guys, we'll have one less step to stop the unit.
     
  7. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,351

    Yea you an't kidding. I smacked my head on the windsheild of my customer's RTV when I was doing service on it for the first time (I don't know why, but he insists that I do all service work to his, 2 mowers, atv, kubota L4330, kubota RTV, Kubota ZD28, 3 trailers, tennis court roller, all of his 3 pt attachments and a 16' woods wide area mower) But hey is payup in my pocket.
     
  8. Jon Geer

    Jon Geer Member
    Messages: 834

    Buy a Kubota RTV and put a Blizzard model 680 0n the front. Blizzard make a mount for the RTV's. Fully setup to plow. $17,900.00 with RTV, cab, heat, heavy duty front springs, and strobe light from the dealer I used to be employed at.

    That's what I would do.
     
  9. fms

    fms Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 209

    Just drove the Kubota with a full cab, 6' curtis plow, and 350lb spreader on the back. They don't stop nearly as quickly when you let off the gas as with the stock unit. I'm real curious about plowing with it this winter. I'm thinking about training someone for my truck and I'll take the Kubota for the first few storms.
     
  10. runeman

    runeman Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    Rtv9000

    Anyone have knowledge of what the going rate is for the Kubota RTV9000?
     
  11. LowesLandscapes

    LowesLandscapes Junior Member
    from Mo
    Messages: 2

    Worksite model is around $10,500. Base model around a grand less.