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Best UTV for plowing + trail maintenance

Discussion in 'ATV / UTV Snow Removal' started by linneapg, Aug 10, 2017.

  1. linneapg

    linneapg Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    I'm looking to buy a utility UTV for two primary purposes: 1) maintaining several miles of trails and 2) plowing two fairly steep driveways, roughly 1/2 mile combined (would plow both downhill). Do not need to plow the trails – just keep them clear of trees etc. I live in NE Pennsylvania so we get a few heavy snowfalls every winter but nothing too extreme.

    So I obviously need 4WD and something with some heft. But I'm not plowing professionally and don't need the biggest/baddest thing out there. Definitely just a 2 seater. I've read a lot of other threads on here and see the recommendations for the Kubota RTX for heavy duty plowing. For my purposes do I need to go that hardcore? If not, what are my best options?

    I've scoured the internet for legit comparisons between gator, mule, ranger, big red, toolcat, whatever, and am having a hard time finding any other than "this one's good, but this one is good too." Would be grateful for any direction from you fine folks.
     
  2. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,060

    have you thought about a compact tractor? maybe 30 hp, loader on front, lots of option for rear, skid steer adapter on loader makes for lots of for front..ie brush bucket, forks, blade....cab with heat
     
  3. linneapg

    linneapg Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    I hadn't considered a tractor due to the speed/agility factor - this will be a "work not play" vehicle but all the same I need to be able to navigate the trails at a good clip. They connect my home to several outbuildings and I'll use the UTV to go back and forth.

    I'm also (maybe naively) not worried about getting an enclosed cab. Like I said the plowing won't be a professional thing. I'm young/dumb and happy to throw on heavy gear to ride in the cold. :)
     
  4. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,293

    Budget?

    For a work UTV the RTV is very hard to beat.

    Toolcat would be awesome, but for what sounds like a homeowner, entirely overkill unless you've got an impressive "toy" budget.
     
  5. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
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  6. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,986

    x2 on power steering

    You will also need extra Jagoff lighting other than the stock factory headlights if you intend on doing any night time driving. You can very easily "outdrive" the factory lighting.
     
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  7. linneapg

    linneapg Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    OK yeah forget the Toolcat. I'd seen it listed with other UTVs but looking more closely it's overkill. We are homeowners but also run a small business on the adjacent property, so this will be a work vehicle, giving us some wiggle room on the budget. Let's say the $12-15k range, considering we'll have to buy a plow & accessories like lighting as well.

    Again, we're talking probably 3-4 big snowfalls per winter plus dustings, and all downhill. The Kubota seems like a great buy if you're doing heavy stuff pretty regularly, but maybe more than we need? Also our trails have some pretty rocky places and I see the Kubota's suspension is inferior to some of the slightly sportier UTVs.

    Any thoughts on Gator vs. Ranger?
     
  8. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,601

    Look 2 post up.
    My experience with Rangers and Gators the Gator is the better of the two from a durability standpoint.
     
  9. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,293

    Do you need high ground speed? If yes, buy the gator and put up with a little less durable machine. If no, buy the RTV and have a great unit. At the upper end of your price range you can have a cab with heat/air factory on the RTV.
     
  10. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,986

    That sounds slightly one sided... :rolleyes:
     
  11. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,293

    I was on the dealer side of both machines long enough to know that Gators don't hold up to being used much more than a toy where RTV's are damn tough.
     
  12. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,601

    Both machines have there place, the RTV is geared towards being used in a commercial setting where it's being worked to perform various task daily as the Gator bridges the gap between commercial and recreational use. Since the OP is looking for a UTV for plowing a couple Driveways (not commercially), used for some trail maintenance and for recreation use the Gator would be a good choice.
     
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  13. linneapg

    linneapg Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Thanks BUFF, this is the sort of guidance I was hoping for. I'll do a little more research into Gator & competitors and see what dealers we have nearby.
     
  14. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,757

    For strictly work, there is no better machine than the RTV.

    For anything else, there are options.
     
  15. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,601

    Wow..... You should get your "T" level checked......
     
  16. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,986

    you must get paid the the hour... 23 ish mph top speed right? :rolleyes:

    it is no wonder you can't hurt them... they don't make enough power to hurt themselves... what are they 25hp? my lawn mower has a bigger motor on it...:confused:
     
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  17. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
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    Messages: 9,601

    Slow for slow minded operators......
     
  18. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,986

    Don't get me wrong, they are better than walking, but these newer side by side UTV's just put them to shame now IMO.

    And how could I forgot how terrible the ground clearance is on them. :(